Parenting as a Vocation

 It is not our job to toughen our children to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless. – L.R. Knost The moment my oldest son was born is etched in my memory.  As I saw him enter this world and … Continue reading Parenting as a Vocation

Cleaning Out

I have been in a bit of a funk lately. I am not sure of the exact cause, but it may have to do with a bad case of poison ivy that I got while doing some work in the woods. Constant itching and lack of sleep doesn't put one in a chipper mood. The … Continue reading Cleaning Out

Be Aware

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. I don't know the source of this message, but I know that it is important.  We must be constantly aware of how we are … Continue reading Be Aware

Do Something

We are now in the season of Lent.  I have always been told that you must give something up during these 40 days.  I always hated this because, much like New Year's resolutions, it just set me up for failure.  Since I converted to Catholicism, there are now more Lenten obligations to which I am … Continue reading Do Something

Common Ground

I recently listen to the Hunting Collective podcast in which the host and guest discussed Public Lands and the importance of protecting these treasures.  I highly recommend listening to this podcast, not just because of the Public Lands discussion, but for the Wisdom they imparted on how we need to listen to one another and … Continue reading Common Ground

Lessons

"Failure is your best teacher."  I do not know who said this, but I find it to be true.  My growth has come more from my failures than my successes.  Lord knows that I have had plenty of failures.  Sometimes it takes multiple failures for the lessons to sink in. In my younger days, I … Continue reading Lessons

Divided Together

Us v. Them.  It is a tactic used to manipulate us, divide us into “camps” and “tribes,” and create Fear.  Those in power divide us into two political parties and use this to garner donations and votes.  Some media networks’ entire business model is based upon dividing us.  Religion, at least the power structure of … Continue reading Divided Together