Besides physical work-outs, spiritual and psychological exercise is also critical during transitions. Several consequential thoughts have reinforced my mindset as I process vocational changes. This day was coming.  When my mother turned 80, my brothers and I gathered in San Marcos, California. We took mom out to dinner to celebrate her milestone. Mom enjoyed affirming, … More TRANSITION AND METAMORPHOSIS – Part 4


MY CATALYTIC CONVERGENCE – #3 VOCATION  The Latin word “voca,” which means to call, is the root for the English word vocation. In Christianity, the term acknowledges that there is a divine purpose or calling in ours lives. We, as humans, do not merely exist. We have purpose. Early Church history teachers such as Origen and Augustine … More TRANSITION AND METAMORPHOSIS – Part 3


MY CATALYTIC CONVERGENCE – #2 AGING WITH POST-POLIO On seeking medical treatment: Within some pentecostal, charismatic, and word of faith streams of the Church, there is a notion that seeking medical care demonstrates a lack of faith. Belief in the healing power of Jesus manifested through the agency of the Holy Spirit and seeking medical … More TRANSITION AND METAMORPHOSIS – Part 2

PROTECTING THE SANCTITY OF THE PUPLIT – Part 1 “Internalized Capitalism”, “Lying Fallow” and “Lessons from the Loo”

During the era of NASA’s preparations for the first human-crewed moon landing, I launched into preaching and teaching in the Church. I was a member of the notable graduating class of 1969 at Burbank High School. Fast-forward fifty-two years, I find myself dealing with physical and vocal challenges which threaten my ability to continue the … More PROTECTING THE SANCTITY OF THE PUPLIT – Part 1 “Internalized Capitalism”, “Lying Fallow” and “Lessons from the Loo”

M & M’s – Music

Handling the normal stressors of life is in itself challenging. For many, adding the additional stressors resulting from a global pandemic turns everyday stress into mega-stress. I have been mulling over my management mechanisms for stress. In my blog I have been passing along some of my musings on managing stress in the series M … More M & M’s – Music


Preacher Solomon experimented with life. “And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 1:17). I sometimes wonder if Solomon was having a bad day when he wrote Ecclesiastes. He uses the word vanity sixty-five times in his treatise … More Adapting