Category Life in General

The Etymology of Joy

Joy is confusing. What is the difference between joy and happiness? How do we “find” joy in situations? Is joy akin to love, in that it is often less an experience and more of a choice? I have contemplated and discussed this many times over the years. In fact, this morning at 5am, after dropping […]

My Informal Guide for Giving to Homeless Individuals

We all see the panhandlers on street-corners and freeway off-ramps, at bus and train stations, outside the grocery store. They are so common, you might not even notice them anymore. But they are there. And, if nothing else, the most important thing you can do is simply notice them. Smile. Wave. Say hi. Recognize their […]

Today Is Love: A Panhandling Story

I’ve been thinking about panhandlers today. About how we interact with them. Next week I am planning on sharing my “Informal Guide for Giving to Homeless Individuals.” In the meantime, I want to share one of my most favorite, favorite stories from my work with homeless folks. One sunny afternoon, my client (we’ll call him […]

If Life Came With Playlists

I think I might find the whole of life a lot more tolerable if it included personalized soundtracks for everybody. How awesome would that be? Your happy moments would be accentuated, and the melancholy moments would seem a little poetic. Though I have not yet figured out how to magic music into the regular unfolding […]

Dear Mom

Originally posted on Stained Glass Pieces:
To be entirely honest, I procrastinated getting you a Mother’s Day present. Or getting you a card. But I’m not really a fan of most Mother’s Day cards anyway. I actually had a conversation earlier today about the challenge of finding a good greeting card: so many cards are…

Reflections on Pretending to be a PO

A few months ago I started volunteering with the Washington County Parole and Probation Department. I was excited to have this unique opportunity, to get an inside view of a branch of our criminal justice system I am fascinated by. Working in community social work, it is clear to me that a big portion of […]


On sunshiny days like today, it is difficult to not feel loved by God. I mean, I’m talented, so I do it all the time. But the sun feels like a hug wrapping around me. I get awed by the simple fact that God bothered to make a world so absolutely beautiful. Often, my greatest […]