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…

El Capitan

This summer, I had the opportunity to visit Yosemite National Park. It is truly an amazing place - stunning in its views and vistas. At the heart of Yosemite is El Capitan - 3000 feet of sheer granite, and one of the most challenging rock climbs in the world. What does it take to reach…