On this anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending the First World War my thoughts have gone to wars that never end and a peace that can’t be found. The Armistice we commemorate was not a call for a German unconditional surrender. Instead it signaled a suspension of hostilities, a break in the fighting, a call for a negotiated settlement. It was neither decisive … Continue reading Surrender
“The heart has its own language. The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak.” ~ Rumi During my frequent phone visits with Doris, my mother-in-law, she usually takes a moment to catch me up on the latest with her little chihuahua-corgi-mystery mix, Jada. It occurred to me that animals often have one of the most direct routes to our hearts. Think back to an … Continue reading Language of the Heart
My friend Joe Nagy originally contributed this post in 2013. I remember at the time being jarred by what he wrote. “Evil does walk the earth, and can touch our health, our material goods, even those we love, but need not touch our soul.” History seems to have caught up with Joe and his message. Social media is flooded with falsehoods, intentionally pushed out for political … Continue reading Zombies (By Joe)
“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