One of my favorite kinds of trees is the Jack Pine. There is nothing particularly special about the Jack Pine, except that it grows in the forests of the northern … Continue reading There is a Story
Growing up, our family would occasionally road trip. Sometimes it was to visit the grandparents. Other times it was to spend a few days at a lake somewhere, trying (and … Continue reading How Much Longer?
I love almost everything about bonfires. I love the warmth that a bonfire gives. I love the color of the flames. I love the smell of the burning firewood. I … Continue reading Ashes
We’ve come to the end of the season of Lent. In just a couple of days, we celebrate Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week and the journey to … Continue reading Wounds + Healing = Scars
This is our dog’s favorite position. While Kennedy does enjoy walks, car rides and the occasional opportunity to bark at and chase squirrels, deer and rabbits, we will often walk … Continue reading A Dog’s Life
Every year, around 6 weeks before Easter, the Christian church celebrates Ash Wednesday. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on March 6. Tomorrow. You will see people walking around with black smudges on … Continue reading Ashes on our Forehead
Have you ever wondered what Ash Wednesday is all about? Or how about the whole season of Lent? This 2 minute video might give you some good answers! It is … Continue reading Ash Wednesday in Two Minutes
Early in the mornings, I journey to the gym and step onto the treadmill. I enter the time I’d like to walk (30 minutes) followed by the program and the … Continue reading Being Humbled
Q: What do President Donald Trump, Beyonce, Jimmy Fallon, Rush Limbaugh, Queen Elizabeth, Pastor Dean and you all have in common? A: Your humanity. Setting aside everything these people have … Continue reading What is Ash Wednesday?
One of my favorite authors, Henri Nouwen wrote: Jesus is God-with-us, Emmanuel. The great mystery of God becoming human is God’s desire to be loved by us. By becoming a … Continue reading Paper Thin
Sunday AM: As I look out of my office window this morning, I see snow blowing almost sideways by the wind…the snow is piled up and I know from my … Continue reading Opposites
It was late in the evening when I walked into the neo-natal intensive care unit at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. The small, clear incubator held the under-sized child, who had multiple … Continue reading 40 Days