Today I found a poem by Theodore Roethke sitting in my inbox. My good friend Neil Vance sent it without a message. It hardly needed one. The poem is entitled “Infirmity.” I read it and my soul was enlarged a thousand times. Theodore Roethke passed away in 1963. At the time he was living on Bainbridge Island near Seattle and teaching at the University of … Continue reading Infirmity
Destiny’s starting line can be hard to find; sometimes we need to borrow from someone else in our search. This is how I began to discover my own destiny. It was May of 1970 and Joe Thomas was visiting Seattle raising money for the work of the Ecumenical Institute. I’d spent the previous summer studying in Chicago at Institute and I offered to be his … Continue reading Discovering Your Destiny
Recently Marsha and I were out to dinner. We were seated next to a family of four, an attractive couple with two adolescent children. I paid them no mind until it dawned on me there was no sound, no chatter at all coming from their table. When I looked over they all were intently staring at their phones. Really intently! When we finished our meal … Continue reading Feeding the Family
We hear the word smart being used a lot these days. Companies want to locate near smart people. Employers like hiring smart people. Advertisers like selling to smart people. We are awash in all things smart. We have smart phones, smart watches, smart cars and smart homes. We even have smart apps to navigate for us, spell for us, budget our money, brew our morning coffee. Why … Continue reading Smart or Wise?
Where do the poor find wealth? Amazon’s recent adventure in New York turned out to be a kind of morality play for me. I found myself thinking how hard it is to turn down the promise of wealth and how easy it is to get mesmerized by the lure of great riches. So when the New York community pushed back against Amazon hard enough that … Continue reading Poor Man’s Wealth