Waste Not … Your Influence

Waste Not … Your Influence

I never heard my parents quote the adage, “Waste not, want not,” but they taught it to me by example. Many of my clothes were passed down to my younger brothers. When shirts were worn out, they became rags. We didn’t dump food scraps into a slop bucket for the hogs...
The Spiritual Benefits of Your Furry Companion

The Spiritual Benefits of Your Furry Companion

A friend shared his picture on Facebook. He had shaggy hair with sad eyes. I fell in love immediately. “This little guy needs a home!” The caption read. “Anyone interested? He is a sweet, sweet boy and very friendly.” After a back and forth in the comments section, I,...
Eid Mubarak: Good Faith Around a Table

Eid Mubarak: Good Faith Around a Table

My wife and I had the honor of breaking a daily fast during Ramadan with Muhammet and Zuleyha Ali Sezer. Muhammet is the executive director and CEO of both the Raindrop Turkish House of Oklahoma and Dialogue Institute of Oklahoma. He and his family graciously invited...
Why We Need to Change Our Culture of Loneliness

Why We Need to Change Our Culture of Loneliness

Loneliness is on the rise and this will have significant consequences. The Health Resources and Services Administration recently used U.S. Census data to confirm that more and more Americans are living alone. Over 35 million (14% of all U.S. adults), now live by...