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...

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...

Judging

Judging

Sep 28

I’m not sure if this is the right forum for this, but I need to get this off my chest and it feels too long to post directly to any social media sites. One of my hobbies is supporting various charity and fundraising events while dressed as the superhero Thor.  There are lots of things I love about it, but one of my favorites is that I can talk about the work that Thor does without bragging...

Rights

Rights

Sep 27

Far too much has already been made of a particular series of protests.  I don’t want to beat that horse any further.  However, in the discourse surrounding the protests, the topic of Rights has come up more than once.  In this article, I’m going to talk a bit about Rights. I have heard comments along the lines of “I support their right to protest.”  Over the years, I have also heard...