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Fear and the Dark

Any child, who is still allowed to be a child, will ask for help to go into the dark. We, the big people, need to listen to this expression of need. Through a child’s clear expression of vulnerability, which means susceptibility to wounds, a child can find comfort in...

Feelings are a Blessing

Years ago I wrote a book titled The Voice of the Heart: A Call to Full Living. It is about feelings and living how we are created to live. That was almost twenty years ago. I have continued to work in the field of “living life on life’s terms” and continue to...

Coming Awake to Your Life

Every day we navigate the zigs and zags of our lives. We take familiar routes to work or school, or on our daily runs.  The things we see every day can become so common in our vision that it is not unusual for them to essentially disappear from view. There is an art...

Three Things to Live By

I believe that three characteristics of the heart make the difference between a life well lived in which we persevere and generate versus a life we survive and stagnate. The three characteristics extend from the core of a person into the behaviors one exhibits. They...

Hypocrisy, Imperfection, and Relationship

When we practice professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues of the heart that we DO NOT really hold or possess, we present hypocrisy. When we practice professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues of the heart that we really DO hold or possess, we inevitably present...

The Responsibility of Connection

A couple of years ago, I bought a beta fish. I’d bought it on a whim one day because I really wanted a pet. At the time, I was living with three dogs — none of which were mine. I saw the love and affection my roommates had for their dogs, and there was a growing part...

Sarcasm Makes Us All Small

Sarcasm is everywhere in our social and familial interactions, communicating cynical, sardonic, caustic, contemptuous oblique messages. It threatens to shut down the inspiration of hope and courage. Sarcasm is used as a form of presuming superior awareness—“being in...