The Leaning Tower of Pisa is symbol of Italy, a glorious structure that conjures images of rolling Tuscan fields, freshly baked pizza, and miles and miles of vineyards.And yet, in reality, it is a historical landmark only still standing because of its home country's humbleness and the grit and determination of a multi-national team of … Continue reading Lean In…Literally
My six year old daughter is a spitfire. She is affectionate, quick to laugh, joyful, and loving. She is also moody, quick to anger, jealous, and hard-headed. In short, she is a six year old. The condition of her heart is often laid bare by the slightest provocation--both good and bad--and while she is generally … Continue reading The Heart of Sacrifice
In honor of Valentine's Day, today's #historyfriday is a throwback to my 2019 post about the, um, unorthodox history behind the holiday of love. It definitely didn't start out with paper hearts and boxes of chocolates.Check out the post here. Happy Valentine's Day!
There are several verses I keep taped up above my desk. "Life Psalms," I like to call them; little reminders of truth staring me in the face, even as I type these words. One of them is about identity: "My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is a mighty rock, my refuge." -Psalm … Continue reading Peace, Giants, and Facebook
"Romeo, Romeo. Wherefore art thou, Romeo?" You may have never heard of The Globe. It's possible you know nothing about PotPan or Prince Escalus or Friar John. It's even plausible that you could be in the minority of people who don't know the name of Shakespeare. But its almost inconceivable that you would not know … Continue reading Plagiarism in Verona?
Today we inaugurate a new president. For half the country, it's a day to celebrate. For the other half, it's a day to mourn. It's either the end of a nightmare or the beginning of one, a brand new day or the end of the world. There is no middle ground. Not anymore. And that, … Continue reading The End of the World..Or The Beginning?
Hello! No new #historyfriday post today. Instead, in honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, I'm throwing it back to a post I wrote about his life and his legacy. You can read it here Have a great weekend!
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and are gearing up to make 2021 the best year yet. Or, at the very least, better than 2020. Right? For me, the new year always brings a lot of excitement. It feels like a fresh start, a clean slate, a chance to make … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions
In December 1920, an innocent three year-old named John asked his father about a person he'd heard rumors about for the past few weeks. Who was this Father Christmas fellow? Where did he come from? Where did he live? Simple, ordinary questions from a curious child, not unlike queries pressed upon parents all over the … Continue reading Father Christmas and The Goblins
The tree is up, the lights are hung, the season of Advent is here. So, naturally, I want to talk about leprosy. Now, hold on--hear me out. Yes, usually devotional readings during this time of year focus on the birth of Christ, and I truly hope you're soaking in the story of the coming of … Continue reading A Little Christmas Leprosy