Life is Jazz

Dave Brubeck is my favorite jazz pianist. Some of his best-loved tunes are some of my favorite songs, of any genre. When Dave went to college, he couldn't read music. Because of that, he almost didn't graduate from the school of music. The dean told him, "You're a disgrace to the college." He only made…

Thoughts on Christmas “merriment”

The joke among my kids is that I'm a grinch, for I'm not much for the Christmas spirit. I'll admit it: they're mostly right - but not because of the meaning of Christmas, but due to what we've made of Christmas. I really struggle with how, as Kathleen Norris writes, "the world force-feeds us merriment…

What if vs. What is

I recently watched the movie A Hidden Life, based on the story of Franz & Fani Jagerstatter. It's a long, cinematic portrayal of an Austrian man who refused to swear a loyalty oath to Hitler - and the consequences he and his family experienced. The story is a powerful reminder that evil is real, and…