Lenten Reflection – Part 5

March 29, 2024

“The look.” I remember it well. And likely more relevantly, I remember giving it. Words are superfluous. “The look” communicates disappointment, disapproval, distain… and perhaps worse. The outcome of “the look” varied, but seldom did it accomplish the intended purpose. I’m quite certain that Jesus had a look. It was a look that Peter received… […]

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Lenten Reflection – Part 4

March 22, 2024

Blame. The currency of exchange in political transactions. Perhaps you’ve noticed. Vision takes a backseat to blame. Whether it’s political ads, stump speeches, opinion columns… or just the pervasive attitude of the day. But don’t be confused, blame is not an invention of cable news, or social media, or a two-party system. We can trace […]

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Lenten Reflection – Part 3

March 8, 2024

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? …for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done […]

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Lenten Reflection – Part 2

March 4, 2024

Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he […]

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A Lenten Reflection – Part 1

February 23, 2024

Wednesday night I poured over the journal in front of me as I engaged for an hour at the “Biblical Stations of the Cross” at our church. Each Wednesday for four weeks. Fourteen stations. Fourteen reflections and passages of scripture. I’m not sure why this is something new to me. Something unexplored in my evangelical […]

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Grand Baking

February 9, 2024

In the fall of 2020 I took a Zoom bread baking class with my daughter, Alli. Our instructor was Sara Ward, from her austere kitchen at Hen Corner in West London. One class led to two, and then three… and then I was hooked. Now, I would consider bread baking my favorite hobby. I have […]

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In the Middle of the Ashes

February 6, 2024

The call flashed on an iPhone screen. A recognized name, at an unexpected time. A neighbor, and a reliable source. Questions rushed as voices connected. “Your house is on fire, and I’ve called 911.” A house that had been a renovation project for the last three years. An investment of time, money, sweat, and dreams. […]

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Casa Bonita… again!

January 19, 2024

It was March 25, 1974, when Bill Waugh opened the doors to Denver’s Casa Bonita for the first time. Waugh had opened several restaurant locations, but his Lakewood, Colorado location would become legendary. I remember hearing about it for the first time from family members who were in awe of the meal and cliff diving […]

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“And why are you anxious about clothing?”

January 12, 2024

A new year. Fresh starts. And yes, more courageous evaluations of current priorities. In fact, we generally start a new year with what Mary calls, The Purge. This is where we freeze, gift, or discard any remaining food items that no longer fit into our “get thinner, get fit” New Year’s plan. What I’ve discovered […]

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More than a drill…

January 5, 2024

Baby boomers will remember. I certainly do. As I suppose this current generation will as well. Specifically, I’m speaking of the “drills” that took, and take place in school classrooms around the country. Frankly, these drills provide a slit through which I can catch a glimpse into our culture, history and current events. In the […]

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