Tuesday, March 24, 2015

During my first tour of duty in Vietnam, 1970, I was serving with a military intelligence unit in the Delta Region. One evening a friend took me to eat at a local restaurant near the ferry landing. Two young Vietnamese men walked by our table and spoke to my friend Bob, who was fluent in … [Read more…]

Monday, March 23, 2015

I recall a moment when something came suddenly clear.  I was sitting on my back porch at Andover when the doorbell rang.  It was summer, and school was out; I was at complete rest, probably reading a book.  At the front door was an Asian boy named Danny; he had lived in my freshman dorm … [Read more…]

Saturday, March 21, 2015

My friends, life is short, and we do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us, so be quick to love and make haste to be kind.  And may the blessing of the One who made us, and the One who loves us, and the One who travels … [Read more…]

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Three years ago, mom came to live with us. You see, mom has early onset dementia and was getting lost all the time and could not take care of herself anymore. Anybody who has taken care of a loved one with dementia knows it’s no easy task. Our home has had to be “proofed” to … [Read more…]

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

On my recent trip to Puerto Rico I found this icon on the exterior wall of house.  At first I was angry that the missing tile left Jesus looking empty and incomplete.  But then I thought about the times in my life when my relationship with Jesus felt empty and incomplete.  During those times I … [Read more…]

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

On March 9, 2015 I celebrated my 50th birthday. It’s amazing how many people look at 50 as over the hill, or going downhill. Coming from Zimbabwe, I found many uphill reasons, why this being 50 is a blessing like no other. I thank God for Good Health, life, work, family, friends and opportunities. There … [Read more…]

Monday, March 16, 2015

I just did my next-to-last visit to the gray room with the invisible rays. Tomorrow is my 44th and last and I get to ring the “all done” bell three times! Bonnie will ring it with me…she richly deserves it, having driven with me down to MGH 43 times (44 tomorrow), seen all the doctors, studied all … [Read more…]

Saturday, March 14, 2015

When I realized there were people around me that didn’t care about Ferguson. Not people who disagreed with it, but people who absolutely removed themselves from the discussion. There was this issue that rocked the nation and people didn’t care!! —St. Stephen’s Young Adult, age 19

Friday, March 13, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to attend an event where there was a discussion regarding the impact of the “N Word”. Being someone who grew up using the “N Word” I really found a new light on the negative history and culture smudge that is really present in the lives of … [Read more…]