Marvelous Marva: How to Keep Joy in Your Life

Marvelous Marva: How to Keep Joy in Your Life

“Name one thing in your life that you are in total control of,” Marva said. “Think about it; what is the one thing you’re in absolute control of?” I paused, running through an inventory of my life and searched for things, then she answered her own question. “You’re in...
What Makes You Dance?

What Makes You Dance?

My 4-year-old granddaughter decided that a Subway Sandwich shop in South Dakota was as good a place as any to show Papa her moves. So she danced. She danced and pirouetted in sunlight shafts cascading through the window. Her tiny little body moved in rhythm to the...
Giving Five Minutes of Hope

Giving Five Minutes of Hope

“Five minutes of hope can stop a person from committing suicide.” I learned that lesson in theory, first, then I learned it in real life shortly thereafter when I talked a man out of the .357 he had pointed at his temple. For twenty years I served as a minister of a...
Creating A World In Which You Want To Live

Creating A World In Which You Want To Live

Are you exhausted with the negativity you see in the news and on social media? Do you have to work or live with someone who is negative or critical of everyone and everything?  As the old saying goes, “A crazy person will even make a sane person go crazy after a...