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...

A Pastor’s Ponderings

By Rev. Pete Hyde The holidays are over!!  Something inside of me wants to jump up and down and shout HALLELUJAH!!! I just couldn't separate myself from all the job activities to really "get into the spirit of the season" this year. Now, the decorations are almost all packed up and put...

Lotus Life Surrender

Do you feel a push at every New Year to make a list of resolutions? An agenda to create the changes in your life that you have wanted to make? These “lists” can sometimes feel more like pressure; something to judge ourselves by if we don’t complete, stay on...
By Rev. Pete Hyde The morning broke cold and blustery - temperatures in the 30's and wind chill in the teens. As I lay in the half-slumber that is early morning, I looked out the window that sheltered me from the cold winter's day. The sun was just touching the tree tops...
The very center of your heart is where life begins – the most beautiful place on earth.” – Rumi The heart is where creation begins- and life starts. It is our power space, what connects us to the divine, and our guide to our true north. When our hearts are open,...

Alabama Christmas

By Sean Dietrich Alabama, 1963—it was chilly. It was gray. A skinny Christmas tree sat in the corner of his rundown home, undecorated. No gifts. His wife was a secretary. He punched a clock, wore leather gloves, and moved steel for a living. Theirs wasn’t a particularly unusual story. They...

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