Loss

HOMELESSNESS REFRAMED

I’m homeless. I live in a town where we have several transient communities. I’ve had refreshing conversations with this often-overlooked population. Today, my walk intersected with Chris. He sat on a church’s brick wall with a backpack at his feet.  I stopped, smiled, and said, “You got a front row seat for this sunrise!” His…

HOW MUCH DO YOU PAY?

Paying attention is the best investment I can make. I’ve collected numerous returns from putting stock in personal attentiveness. Lately, I’ve become distracted by an intense job pursuit. This hunt feels like an encore at a heavy metal concert. Thunderous noise, super-charged energy, abundant motion, bright lights. The inner force has crowded my space to…

RED LETTER HUMOR

“Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” These words come from my red-letter version of the bible. I chuckle when I imagine how my days would look if I only spoke what Jesus said while he was on earth. In Christian communities, the red-letter text indicates Jesus’s words. I caution myself against disrespect or…

BLIPS OF THIS AND THAT

This week, I’ve heard and read multiple quotes that have impacted me greatly. Typically, my writing starts from everyday occurrences, and I’ll add a twist of something positive, inspirational, encouraging, and sometimes entertaining for my FROG Blogs, books, and podcast.   Today, I’m simply going to list these quips and invite you to apply them…

A WAKE-UP CALL

My favorite warm weather activity is to sit on my back deck with a cup of coffee before the sun rises. I consider 5:30-7 A.M. the most heavenly time of my day. I breathe deeply, settle myself, and invite a quiet spirit to surface. Sometimes not all that surfaces is peaceful, yet that morning hush…

WORTHY INVESTMENT

Deposits. Withdrawals. I looked through my bills with a shocking reality. This month, several expenses come from what I consider fear-based charges. Car insurance. House rental insurance. Dental insurance. Vision insurance. Health insurance. We live in a culture where we can buy insurance for nearly anything. From art to pets to body parts. From computer…

FOMO OR JOMO?

144 times? 144 times. According to Charlotte Lieberman’s article, “Unplug and Recharge” in Real Simple magazine (https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/technology/unplug-and-recharge), Americans check their cellphones 144 times each day. As a flip phone user, I sometimes find it inconvenient to check my voicemail four times, much less 144 times per day. I don’t text, so that eliminates me from…

KEEP PECKING

Do you ever feel like sometimes life resembles a chicken farm? You hunt. You peck. You feel pecked at by people, projects, pressures. Yet somehow you know you need to keep pecking, to persevere. I read a story from “God’s Little Devotional Book” which is written by a team of authors. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51Y6NRFF3CL.SY385.jpg This author wrote:…

COMMIT OR SPLIT?

“Trust me. I’ll stop….” “No really. This time I’ll….” “I’ve learned my lesson. I mean it this time…” We all have something to fill in those blanks. Good ideas. Great plans. We gain clarity and fresh energy about doing what’s right until…. I read about the people from Joshua’s life who had a history of…