“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.” ~ Seneca Have you ever found yourself under attack from the Big Bad Wolf? It seems sometimes that we are surrounded by wolves dressed up in a thousand different disguises. For a time in the 1950’s my nighttime fears fueled graphic, horrible nightmares. They were so horrible I sometimes walked … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
When Charles Hahn, my father-in-law, passed away earlier this year, I was asked to deliver his eulogy. I never could have imagined how challenging it would be. I so wanted to ask him what he thought of his legacy, what was the message of his life. I could only guess because we’d never talked of such things. All I could offer were my own reflections … Continue reading Gavin, Grandpa and Oscar Hammerstein
“Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.” — Malcolm Muggeridge Parables sometimes are not easily understood, requiring us to work to grasp their meaning. Sometimes, we simply refuse to hear the message. Then, there are parables whose message comes through loud and clear from the get-go. During these days of … Continue reading Courage From A Case of Head Lice?
Some time ago Marsha and I watched Henry Fonda in the movie “Young Mr. Lincoln.” Afterward, I wondered whether we would ever see anyone again with the character of Old Abe. Then I wondered, would I even recognize such a person if he or she crossed my path? Would I have the eyes to see a young Lincoln? What struck me about Lincoln’s story was … Continue reading Finding My Humanity
“Captain Ahab assembles his crew to tell them, ‘Whosoever of ye raises me a white-headed whale with a wrinkled brow and a crooked jaw; whosoever of ye raises me that white-headed whale, with three holes punctured in his starboard fluke–look ye, whosoever of ye raises me that same white whale, he shall have this gold.’” — Herman Melville Melville wrote these lines in his classic … Continue reading Harnessing the Power of Afflictions