Speaking With Aliens

Some years ago, new residents in town, we ventured into church one Sunday. There were five of us: a set of parents, sufficiently presentable to fit in well in just about any club, and three cute-as-a-button children: fourth-grade Chrissie, second-grade Chuckie, and Rachel, my three-year-old niece who had just come to live with us. Just your normal All-American family goes to church scenario. Read more »

You Can’t Get There From Here

A man stops to ask directions, only to be told, “You can’t get there from here. If you were in Freeport, you could get there, but you can’t get there from here.” Read more »

Christian Living – Part 1: Is Voting Required?

You don’t hear a lot of talk about duty these days. It seems to have gone out of style. Out of consciousness, too. People don’t think much about duty anymore.

The lifestyle more in vogue today is to coast along and go with the flow. Goals are considered quaint. Consequences aren’t considered at all. And neither is duty. Read more »

It’s Always About the Timing

So, here’s the situation: We’re thinking about making some changes in life, and we’re wondering how to spot the perfect time to act. Perfect timing means perfect success, right? Read more »

How to Make It Through Life’s Trainwrecks

Somehow, despite all our hopes, dreams and efforts, life became a train-wreck. We may or may not have had an inkling of the impending doom. Perhaps we were in denial or maybe completely unaware of what was swirling around just out of sight. We may have seen it coming but didn’t realize its speed–or hoped against hope it wouldn’t happen. Read more »

Dream Big

When we get dissatisfied and decide to change the way we go at life, the first thought–the very first thought–is to do something big. Lose 100 pounds. Move to Tahiti and farm whatever they farm there. Give up all our worldly goods and be noble. Read more »

Finding Your Secret Talents

Couch potatoes never know what muscles they could build if they spent their couch time at the gym. On the couch, even repetitive bench pressing of the biggest, baddest universal remote won’t build a noticeable muscle.

And the same holds true for exercising our talents. Read more »

Pulling the Plug on a Dream

Some people give up easily. They keep a close eye on the sky; if a cloud happens by, they’re out of here. Dream’s over. Pack it up. Put it away. These Pollyannas aren’t really dreamers. Maybe quick buck artists. Perhaps dilettantes who never stick to anything. But they’re not dreamers. Read more »

The Problem With Sheep

You want dumb as a brick? You want too dense to get out of their own way? Get yourself some sheep. Read more »

In Praise of Strong-Willed Children

Cervantes said, “Faint heart ne’er won fair lady.” As a matter of fact, a faint heart never won much of anything. But put a little determination and will into that heart, and it can shoot the moon. Read more »

What to do When Life Dumps Lemons on Your Head

We’ve all heard the old saying that goes, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Now there’s a thought. We surely have to do something with the lemons as they come along.

Sucking on lemons takes the enamel right off your teeth, so we don’t want to do that. Letting them stack up is even worse Read more »

Emotional Strength Through Muscle Building

It’s a much mourned fact of life that watching exercise videos doesn’t build muscles. Couch potatoes who can legitimately boast about six-pack abs don’t exist.

Reading bodybuilding books Read more »

Don’t Give Your Life Away

Life comes one to a customer. We’re all in the middle of a one-time event. We get one shot to do it right. When it’s over, it’s over. No rehearsals, no retakes. Read more »

The Separation of Church and State Agenda

Most discussions opposing the role of Christianity in the United States arise from an abyss of ignorance so deep as to be unfathomable. You can endlessly drop boulders into this chasm of intellectual darkness without ever hearing one hit bottom. Read more »

A Shortage of Grownups

Babies show the world what selfish looks like. On a whim, they set up a wail loud enough to wake the dead–or at least it sounds that way at 2:00 a.m. No matter that others may be tired or sick or have to go to work. Babies want what they want when they want it. So stop sniveling. Read more »