By Rev. Pete Hyde The sunny March morning came in with a little breeze as a reminder that it was still spring, and summer had not yet turned on its oven-like heat. The bay was mirror-like as far as the eye could see as they crossed the bridge to an early...

Resolution No. 2

By Kirk McCarley Two teenage girls were sitting together on a bench intensely focused on their cellular devices.  Exchanging laughs and giggles, closer observation and eavesdropping confirmed they were furiously texting each other! Initially amused, I further considered the moment.  For sure there was an element of cuteness and innocence. Conversely, I felt wistful...

BROKE

By Sean Dietrich He found twenty bucks at a gas station. The bill was sitting on the pump, weighted with a rock. A Post-It note was stuck to the bill. “God bless,” the note read. “Pass it on.” About him: He was broke. We’re talking flat busted. He had forty-three...

Lady

By San Dietrich Miss Lola places casserole dishes on the table. She forms neat rows. The table is full. There is enough Southern fare here to sink the U.S.S. Humdinger. Close your eyes and imagine heaven’s own Golden Corral franchise. That’s what this fellowship hall is. There are old women...

The search for Peace

By Lauren Catanese Ego says – Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel inner peace. Spirit says – Find your inner peace and then everything will fall into place.– Marianne Williamson Are you on a quest to finding peace? It can be a process. We can try to always do the...

What Brought You Here?

By Rick Moore My wife’s favorite color is emerald green. Shortly after we were married I bought her an emerald ring to match her emerald green eyes. From the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz to the Bible’s description of the city walls in heaven, the world is filled...

A Pastor’s Ponderings

By Rev. Pete Hyde Heavy rain in the distance blocked the satellite television signal. The house was almost refreshingly quiet. I stepped out on the front porch. The night was eerily still. The heavy rain of the past few days dampened the traffic. An orange street light cast an ominous glow over...

Resolution No. 1

By Kirk McCarley Retirement ceremonies for public employees often follow a common script. For one they are typically funded through a “collection” from co-workers, considerate of citizen perception of appropriate fiscal use. Consequently condiments will include fruit and relish trays, punch, sheet cake and some de minimis financial gifts and gift cards. Testimonials...

Resolutions

By Rick Moore How much weight will you lose this year? How much money will you save? How often will you exercise? Some new year’s resolutions are shared and some are only internalized. Meeting your goals usually depends on how badly you want to achieve them and what sacrifices you...
Each of us faces days where we just don’t “have it.” When that occurs how do you compensate? I posed this question to an executive client recently. A bright young man, he was sharing with me his philosophies for communicating with not only fellow staff, but customers as well. Impressively articulate during our...

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