Archive for the 'Personal Growth' Category


( Fun! andThe Deep )

I stumbled upon this bit of prose & thought I’d stick it up here: Outlook Greed My life is full indeed of gloom. I’ve naught , you see, just this small room. I need more wealth – that’s misery. What joys in great renown! What glee! The mace and throne I long to own. No […]

Heavenly Envy

I went to a funeral for friend this afternoon. He died at age 55. A month or so ago I attended the funeral for a guy I hung out with in high school; he died at 50. I still feel like I’m too young to be burying people that are close to my own age, […]

Casey Who?

I’ve paid about zero attention to the Casey Anthony trial, so all I knew of it was the little tidbits that I caught before flipping the TV or radio to another station when the name came up. The jury yesterday returned a verdict of “not guilty”. Unfortunately, the end of the trail won’t be the […]

Damnable Good Works

This is a post that has been in stuck in my Drafts for quite some time; I probably started it just a few days after last summer’s Leadership Summit at Central. Considering we just finished day two of this year’s Global Leadership Summit, I figure it’s time to finally finish it up! One of the […]

The World Is Bigger Than The Internets

( Family andGeek andThe Deep )

I thought it interesting to read about how Finland has just decreed broadband Internet access to be a human right. And they’re serious. Reading between the lines, perhaps the Fins are trying show just how important communicating via the Internet has become… I don’t know if Finland has a Bill of Rights similar to that […]

The Skeleton At The Feast

Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving […]

Just Another Day

About this time last year I made a list of No-Year’s Resolutions*, so I thought this might be as good a time as any to review how I did on them. * In case anybody missed the intended sarcasm, my No-Years Resolutions were an attempt at reverse psychologizing myself into actually improving instead of… well, […]

The Church Feminine

Had a slightly disorienting experience last weekend… Emily was up for an award at Augie, so we went to the Viking Days Chapel Service on Sunday morning, held in the Elmen Center. During the service, the only male involved in the service was Rob Oliver, the college president, who opened the service with a brief […]

The Cicada Killer Wasp

For the last few summers we’ve had some scary looking bugs in our yard. Thankfully, they’re just scary looking, and nothing to really be afraid of, provided you’re not a cicada. A female cicada killer wasp in flight, approaching a prospective nest site. The lifecycle of the cicada killer wasp sounds like something out of […]

So That’s Why The Internet Is So Disfunctional!

“By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them” – Prov. 14:3 I was reading from Proverbs this morning, and that verse made me think… that first line explains in part why discussion forums on the Internet don’t work very well. When I […]