For the Love of the Game

Perhaps we all have a favorite sport to participate in or watch as spectators.  For me, that sport is baseball, although my love happily includes softball.   Part of the beauty of baseball for me is the beauty of the playing surface itself.  I will never forget the first time my father took my brother and…

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Dandelions

One of the tenets of Buddhism is that human beings find life frustrating because we see problems where no problems exist.  I was reminded of this bit of wisdom as my wife and I faced our annual springtime ritual of pulling weeds and digging up unwanted tree saplings from the garden and yard.  Buddhism would…

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Dachau

Dachau.  Do you recognize that word?  If you do not, the residents of the German town of Dachau are overjoyed.  If you do recognize that word, then you know that Dachau was the site of one of Nazi Germany’s most infamous concentration and death camps.  It is estimated that 200,000 Jews, Communists, homosexuals, and other…

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Forgiveness This Season

Although the parable of the prodigal son is one of Jesus’ most beloved stories, the story isn’t normally linked with the season of Easter.  Yet this year, I realized there is an important connection. To refresh our memories, the parable of the prodigal son is the story of a father with two sons.  The younger…

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Inspiration

Nearly twenty years ago, I discovered the Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia.  That led to my buying two of his LPs, which I enjoyed until my turntable stopped turning.  Then I simply forgot him.     Over this past year, however, I stumbled upon the numerous recordings of Paco de Lucia that are available…

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Scriptures

In a well-needed attack on the clutter in our attic, my wife found a box of memorabilia that my parents must have given me when they cleaned out their own house.  I am sure that I hadn’t opened this box for nearly fifty years. In the box was the first Bible that I was given…

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This is Our War Too

Ukraine might seem far away from central Indiana, so when Putin’s war began, we could, if we wanted, ignore the tragedy that has fallen on that country.  But no one who has filled up at a gas station or shopped in a grocery store in the last weeks can ignore the connection that exists between…

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Holding On To Our Humanity

In Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, we are watching someone act like one of Russia’s czars from the past.  One of those czars, Ivan, was even known as “The Terrible,” a title that Putin has now earned. The fatal flaw of all dictators is that they surround themselves with sycophants, “yes men” and “yes women” who…

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DJ Mark Twain

Mark Twain once said that there are two days that are most important in a person’s life.  One is the day you were born and the other is the day you figure out why.  One of the greatest honors and privileges of working with college students is that so many of them share with their…

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Car Nostalgia

In looking through old photos recently, I came across one with our car in the background.  The photo brought back a flood of memories of all the good times we had in that car.   Given all the memories we have with our automobiles, it isn’t surprising that cars can seem like family members.  It’s…

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