Dreams and Daily Bread

In today’s mail, I received a wonderful and timely gift along with a letter, parts of which I will share excerpts with you now. A majority decision disbanded our Ministering Circle.  This was prayerfully and sadly decided. We hope the New York Branch will send our remaining Circle balance of $200 for the Native American…

Seismic College Challenges

In March, the 2020 US Census Bureau released educational attainment data showing that 36.3% of American adults 25 years and older had a bachelor’s degree or higher.  This fall nationwide in America, freshmen enrollment plummeted 16% for four-year colleges and 23% for community colleges.  (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center) In October 2020, the Canadian government…

Trick or Treat?

Autumn brings changes in color and temperature for me in the Midwest. It also brings about menu and activity changes under normal circumstances that I enjoy including picking apples and making pies. My grandchildren are talking about their Halloween costumes hoping there are choices other than a Spiderman mask. If allowed to trick or treat,…

No V Words

Today is a sunny day in Mississippi, and here I am writing, hopefully writing something concerning a meaningful experience.  I decided not to use the Letter V in my story. The letter is tired. It has been used so much since February that I am trying to give it a rest.  This thought comes from…

Learning Gifts

For five weeks this summer, I had the privilege of supervising the work of two IOKDS Learn & Discern interns virtually.   Seeing my role as a facilitator of learning for both our organization and the interns, I assisted the interns in focusing their time and effort on projects that help our organization move forward with…

Retiree–Look Out!

When I first retired from the Air Force and settled back home to my house on the lake, I signed up for the weekly subscription of the Boonville Herald newspaper to get back in touch with what’s happening in the local communities around me.  The Boonville Herald newspaper is only published once a week, but…

A $3.38 Spark of Light

I love books of all kinds.  Like many of you, I read quickly and am always on the hunt for new reads.  With our local libraries COVID-closed, I have downloaded library e-books, ordered paperbacks from Amazon, and searched my cupboards and closets for overlooked books.  However, I have a “rule” whenever I purchase books for…

Certain Uncertainty

This is our new normal in many aspects of our personal and organizational lives.  So how is our 134-year old organization that embraces tradition more easily than change going to survive during this COVID year ahead?  And if the pandemic continues into 2022, will we find ourselves in a default position of too late to…

Mike and the Gang

The first time I heard Father Greg Boyle preach at Chautauqua, I knew I was in the presence of someone who “walked the talk”, a man whose life was devoted to offering opportunities for a better life to Los Angeles gang members. He always brought a few former gang members with him who also told…

Forces Unseen

“Forces Unseen:  What Shapes Our Daily Life” is one of the Chautauqua Institution’s 2020 lecture week themes.  In thinking about this question, we might all immediately respond, saying the novel viral pandemic is one of the most significant forces shaping our lives in history.  It is hard to imagine how something so minute in size…