Light of The World

Light of The World The magnificence of the sun makes every child want to stare at it.  Now, we all know that the intense light of the sun just doesn’t allow us to stare for long.   During eclipses when the sun is partially hidden, the media overloads us with warnings not to stare because the … More Light of The World

Give Thanks

Give Thanks Thanksgiving brings about reflection.  The day evokes thoughts and emotions in all of us: food, football, parades, celebration, family, and memory-making.  Some years, our reflections at Thanksgiving are good: great job, new spouse, new baby, new home, great friends, money enough and sometimes money to spare.  You have the respect of peers and … More Give Thanks

No Greater Love

No Greater Love Thousands of white crosses stood straight, peppering the manicured green fields.   In all directions as far as the natural eye could see, individual crosses marked the tremendous loss and ultimate sacrifice of over 9,000 American soldiers.  Standing in the military cemetery at Normandy, it’s impossible not to be pensive and speechless. Every … More No Greater Love

There is a Season

There is a Season After the scorching days of summer, we race to the coffee shop, the grocery, and the closest store that sells candles and home fragrance for the first pumpkin spice.  Why?  Fall is a welcome relief from the heat and signals change.  The smell of apples, the color of leaves, and the … More There is a Season

Leaf Season

Leaf Season On a cold and brisk November day, the leaves kept coming down as the wind blew harder.  I gave up raking leaves and went in. The next day was like the movie, Ground Hog Day, where the same scenes repeat.  I raked, blew, gathered, ported, and dumped leaves, and by the end of … More Leaf Season

Decisions

Decisions Heading deep into the desert, we reached a simple green road sign in Needles, CA that read, “99 miles to the next gas station.”  The sign was strategically placed at a small intersection where a lone gas station sat amid nothing but drifting sand and desert.  This was a decision point for travelers, and … More Decisions

Get Out of the Way

Get Out of the Way In my twenties, my husband and I had the opportunity to meet the Pope.  Though I was not Catholic, I was nonetheless excited because though we’d been stationed in Italy, we’d not yet made it to Rome.  We, along with others from the Catholic and Protestant military chapels in Italy, … More Get Out of the Way

Just-In-Time Delivery

Just-In-Time Delivery On a recent trip to one of the big chain stores, I was really annoyed that, for the second week in a row, their famous “just-in-time” delivery system failed.   With all the bar codes, magnetic strips, QR codes, and all their ways of tracking what is bought and what needs to be restocked, … More Just-In-Time Delivery

Backdraft

Backdraft In the early 1990’s, the movie “Backdraft” portrayed the very real dangers that fire fighters face when fighting building fires.  A fire will consume all of the oxygen in a room, and if more oxygen suddenly floods the area, perhaps from a window opening, the oxygen causes the fire to explode.  Essentially, the new … More Backdraft