Life and Holiness by Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton

My late friend and spiritual mentor, John Therkelson, gave me a copy of Thomas Merton's Life and Holiness as a Christmas gift in 1993. Like almost all the books John recommended, Life and Holiness left a lasting impression on me. Recently, as part of my daily devotional, I re-read Life and Holiness, each day reading one of the … Continue reading Life and Holiness by Thomas Merton

Live This Way in 2019

The stench was nearly unbearable but the words ringing loudly in her consciousness steeled her resolve in a way she was unable to fully understand. She couldn't deny that this place was not at all what she had envisioned. Perhaps a spot under a tree with a portable tent. Or maybe a simple 10 x … Continue reading Live This Way in 2019

The Challenge of the Nativity


As a child there is no doubt that I experienced more joy in the weeks leading up to Christmas than I did at any other time of the year. I mean, really, so many exciting things were going on: Mom baking cookies (pinwheels and fruitcake cookies!), preparing candy (divinity and peanut butter fudge!) and boiling … Continue reading The Challenge of the Nativity

Joy, India Style

I was never a big Patrick Swayze fan - God rest his soul. The movies in which he starred always seemed pretty shallow and predictable to me - although I must admit, MOST modern movies are, in fact, shallow and predictable. Come to think of it, I am often shallow and predictable. Maybe I'm just … Continue reading Joy, India Style

What Green Stamps Taught Me About Life

S&H Green Stamps

Does anybody else remember green stamps?  In the days before the Kroger Rewards Card, Delta Sky Miles and the Cabela Club, retailers rewarded customers with green stamps. Instead of ethereal reward points stored mysteriously in the cloud, shoppers received something positively tangible - a strip of stamps - proportional to the size of the purchase. … Continue reading What Green Stamps Taught Me About Life