Change

Change

We are in a season of change, on many levels.  We watch the leaves change color, the squirrels frantically bury their “stash”, and the temperature drop.  This is nature proclaiming a time of transition. Change is also occurring in our world, society and communities. ...
There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch

There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch

As a child, Joseph Calderon was homeless, living with his parents in their station wagon.  Hungry, they stopped for Kentucky Fried Chicken and discovered that they had only enough cash to feed, “little Joey”.  Joey’s father burst into the restaurant, hopped the...
The Dignity of Labor

The Dignity of Labor

In the Gospel we heard proclaimed this past Sunday, Jesus rebuked Peter for thinking “not as God does” but as human beings think.  In a couple of weeks, we will hear the parable of the workers in the vineyard (Mt. 20:1-16), another Gospel that will underscore the...
The Little Things

The Little Things

Every year of the decade-or-so that I lived in Madison, Loran Miller would recruit me, as summer meandered into autumn, for the harvest. Handing me two plastic five-gallon buckets and pointing me in the general direction of the wheelbarrow, which I would need when the...
FORGIVENESS

FORGIVENESS

Who in your life do you find it hardest to forgive?  (Hold that question for now.)  Forgiveness, according to Webster, is an act of forgiving.  To forgive means to cease to feel resentment against an offender. Forgiveness can be both hard and easy in the negative...
Words

Words

I worked for more than 20 years as a legal assistant.  Words were very important in everything I did at work, from e-mails and letters to legal documents.  Words were carefully chosen to convey the intended message and to avoid misunderstanding or uncertainty whenever...