On Speaking and Keeping Silent

On Speaking and Keeping Silent

The conversation was flowing as usual at a dinner with friends when suddenly my friend grew very angry. I did not see this outburst coming. He asked a question about the recent national election, which I responded to in a very polite manner. He accused me of a lack of...
Your Story Could Light the Way for Others

Your Story Could Light the Way for Others

Is there light, hidden deep in the story of you, that could illuminate the pathway for another person? My friend Bob received a terminal diagnosis a few years ago, accepting the news with the same gentle spirit that characterized his life. Before his death two years...
How Simple Acts Can Counter Meanness

How Simple Acts Can Counter Meanness

“Hurry up,” an agitated man in the cafeteria checkout line kept mumbling. My friend Bob, a very gentle soul, turned to him and said, “Take it easy. You’ll live longer.” I thought they were friends and that this was friendly banter. Instead, the man followed him into...
‘Love, a Tiara and a Cupcake’

‘Love, a Tiara and a Cupcake’

Susan Sparks has created a profound book of faith wrapped in humor with her latest publication, Love, a Tiara and a Cupcake. Melding her many talents as a lawyer, stand-up comedian and preacher (she is pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City), Sparks...
Why You Should Consider ‘Harvesting Life’

Why You Should Consider ‘Harvesting Life’

“Harvesting life” should be a focal point for us as we age, said retired pastor and bioethicist Bert Keller. “Harvesting a life means remembering, cherishing and telling the stories of one’s lifetime,” Keller explained. “Harvesting means accepting the role of elder in...