A Bike and A.D. 33

In the last four months, I’ve biked over 650 miles. Regarding legwork, I’ve traveled from the northern border of Missouri all the way down to Louisiana. But, I haven’t gotten anywhere. Although I burned calories and toned my leg muscles, I accomplished little else. I saw nothing of the world and didn’t help anyone along […]

How to be a Friend to an Introvert

First off, let’s blast some misconceived notions ignorantly floating out there: introverts do like people. To say that all introverts are shy is like saying that all extroverts are obnoxious. Yes, introverts really do have friends. In fact, introverts appreciate deeper, long-lasting relationships more fully than some extroverts can or want to. For most, it looks more […]

What Really Scares You?

Our family launched a new practice this year: we now have enough Nerf guns to have a battle. Turning nearly all the lights out and taking teams, we establish ourselves on opposite ends of the house and slowly make our way toward one another. Three shots and you are out of the game. The kids […]

I Think I’ve Become THAT Person

The other day I was conversing with someone–the who isn’t really important because this issue carries across multiple relationships. Although we bounced around vital ideas and problems within culture, religion, relationships, and parenting, etc., our discourse was plagued with bleak analysis and critical dismay (over people and situations). And I got to thinking, what good […]