Lost Benefits: a parable of sorts

Lost Benefits: a parable of sorts

Jan 09

There were many perks to working at the Willowwares Company, but the one most important to this story was discounted soft drinks.  The company purchased cases of soft drinks and put them in the refrigerator of the break room.  A small bowl was left on the counter next to the refrigerator.  The expectation was that everyone would give a quarter for each beverage they consumed. This benefit was...

Welcome, Wanted, or Missed

Welcome, Wanted, or Missed

Dec 18

I’ve shared this story many times, but I can’t recall if I’ve ever shared it here.  If I’m repeating myself, please forgive me – it is a testament to how much this made an impact on me. One Sunday at church, I noticed a young man sporting a very “punk” look – dark clothes, facial piercings, spiky hair.  His appearance was very distinct from the typical midwestern churchgoer.  I...

Anticipation and Expectation

Anticipation and Expectation

Nov 27

Some of my happiest memories from growing up revolve around Christmas.  I was fortunate enough to get three Christmases:  Christmas Eve was spent with my paternal grandparents, Christmas morning was at home (and Santa came!), Christmas afternoon was spent with my maternal grandparents.  As I look back and reflect on them, I realize that each event had a different feel to it.  I loved each of...

Getting Closer

Getting Closer

Oct 10

I have a “movie curse” – in almost every movie, my favorite character will die.  It’s become a joke among those who know me.  I can lean over to someone during a movie and whisper, “That character is going to die” and they know I like that character (who then dies).  Sometimes I’ll say, “I wish I didn’t like that character.”  In my favorite movie, “The Man in the Iron...

Stop the Hate

Stop the Hate

Oct 04

On October 1st, we saw the worst mass shooting in United States history.  At this writing, over 58 people are dead with hundreds wounded by a lone gunman.  He opened fire on a group of people enjoying an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.  No motive is currently known. Appropriately, people have been posting and commenting on social media using the hashtag #StoptheHate.  This shooting was an...