When You Should Take a Knee and Take a Stand

An NFL player, self-identified as a devout Christian, decided to “take a knee” during the playing of the national anthem last season. It was a silent protest on behalf of Black Lives Matter. He is biracial and was raised by white parents. I can only assume...

‘You Pack What You Fear’

I was listening to an interview recently of a backpacker who hikes as a “minimalist.” Minimalist backpacking – or ultralight as it is more commonly called – is about packing the minimal essentials for the hike. Instead of a tent, for example,...

Neglecting Our Brothers, Sisters in Small Ways

I am the older of my two brothers. One is just 10½ months younger (so we share the same numerical age for six bemusing weeks) and the other, the baby of the family, is 2½ years younger. We are close in age, and growing up we were fierce in loyalty. I should add that...

Are You Living Up to Your Smile?

Have you ever seen a jogger smile? There is a park alongside the river that is a convenient place for me to stop on the way home from work. While traffic hums by, there are trails winding through patches of woods, green space and the river itself that make it ideal...

Finding the Beauty While Living In-Between Addresses

My wife and I are living in-between addresses. I know that sounds odd, but I can find no better way to describe our living situation at the present. Our house is now sold and belongs to another, and a new home waits in another city, so right now for these weeks...