fall, autumn, life, journey, reflect, meditate, season, spirituality, God, Christ, Jesus, wonder, why, ponder, stress, anxiety Fall scene in MA (credit: Chris Shea)

Way back in the 1980's I took this photo while I lived in a small town in western Massachusetts. Most people I know tend to get excited, perk up, prepare for, and are encouraged as Spring moves into Summer. Not that I don't like Summer, but for me, I do the same preparations for the coming of Autumn. I must say, Autumn is by far my most favorite season (with Winter a close second), and now here we are, days into Autumn!

As far back as I can remember I have enjoyed Autumn. Growing up in the northern reaches of the US I am used to the colder seasons, probably part of

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This week the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, is making his first visit to the United States. Regardless of one's personal religious beliefs, Pope Francis has distinguished himself as a leader who cares more about those with whom he leads than he does with his position as leader. Pope Francis is a man of lived faith, concerned with the poor and marginalized.

Today I was blessed to not only have seen this holy man, but

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I read this comic this morning and simply loved it! How true this is for me. For many years, Sunday nights for me we almost torture, tossing and turning, worrying about what had to be done, what I didn’t do, what I forgot to do; but most importantly, what I didn’t know. What might happen on Monday that I didn’t have a clue could happen?

I don’t have a nighttime ritual so to speak, and I am not a fan of drinking milk, especially warm milk, but I have figured out a few things that have helped

9/11, peace, terror, anxiety, cope World Trade Center "cross" 9/11/2001

Today we remember all those who lost their lives, and those families who lost loved ones in a senseless attack on innocent lives. I recall that Tuesday morning in 2001 as if it were yesterday. My question now is the same as it was 14 years ago; how do I make sense from a senseless act?

I often write about the need for us to change our perspective, so I found this quote by Henri Nouwen, a renown spiritual author, to be quite enlightening:

"Many people

Earlier today as I was reading and admiring the nature around me, I realized that time flies rather quickly. "Tempus fugit" (time flies) is a phrase I learned early on in my Latin studies.  Yes, I reluctantly studied Latin my first two years of college. Why?  That's a longer story for another blog post. Suffice it to say, I have realized that since the start of the new academic year I have found myself inundated with projects and activities, all legitimate and worthwhile

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Way back in the 1980's I took this photo while I lived in a small town in western Massachusetts.  Most people I know tend to get excited, perk up, prepare for, and are encouraged as Spring moves into Summer.  Not that I don't like Summer, but for me, I do the same preparations for the beginning of Autumn.  I must say, Autumn is by far my most favorite season (with

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9/11, peace, terror, anxiety, cope World Trade Center "cross" 9/11/2001

On this day we remember all those who lost their lives, and those families who lost loved ones.  I recall that Tuesday morning as if it were yesterday.  How can we cope?  How can we make sense of such a senseless act?

I often write about the need for us to change our perspective, so I found this quote by Henri Nouwen, a renown spiritual author, to be quite enlightening:

"Many people live with the unconscious or conscious expectation that eventually things will

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I do my best to have hope and faith in people and our world, but it's not always easy.  There's a lot in the world today that, if focused on, will bring down even the happiest person.  Where is the source of my hope?  My sense of hope originates in my faith and trust in God, demonstrated through the acts of kindness seen every day, if we are looking for them.  God cannot be "seen", but I feel that if we look for the kindness in others, there is

fall, autumn, life, journey, reflect, meditate, season, spirituality, God, Christ, Jesus, wonder, why, ponder, stress, anxiety Fall scene in MA (credit: Blog author)

Way back in the 1980's I took this photo while I lived in a small town in western Massachusetts.  Most people I know tend to get excited, perk up, prepare for, and are encouraged as Spring moves into Summer.  Not that I don't like Summer, but for me, I do the same preparations for the beginning of Autumn.  I must say, Autumn is by far my most favorite season (with

Those who regularly rest with me along our life's journey know that my common theme is perspective.  I truly feel that our perspective on life makes all the difference.  So when I recently found this on social media I had to share:

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"A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked

Do you find yourself wondering what is wrong with our world today? Do the current events have you feeling nervous and anxious? If so, it is to be expected. I often write about the need for us to change our perspective, so I found this quote by Henri Nouwen, a renown spiritual author, to be quite enlightening:

"Many people live with the unconscious or conscious expectation that eventually things will get better; wars, hunger, poverty, oppression, and exploitation will vanish; and all people will

freedom, peace, remembrance, trust, hope Freedom

Today is a day most of us can recall exactly where we were and what we were doing on that fateful morning.  It is a day that not only changed the USA, it changed many people in deep and profound ways.  I wasn't the same immediately after the event from who I was just prior to the event.  And as time has passed I continue to change, somewhat as a result of the event.

I recently read a book entitled: "Franciscan Voices on 9/11".  The book is a compilation of writings from various

... and let it begin, with me.

Anyone else besides me now singing that song in your head (if not, read my title and then the first line of the blog ...)?  I feel that the last week or so have been somewhat stressful for many of us, especially us in the USA.  The media news has not trended in a positive light what with growing tensions between us and the Syrian government, us and other countries around the world, our economy, etc.  In that vein I have reflected on this blog post

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:1

fall, autumn, life, journey, reflect, meditate, season, spirituality, God, Christ, Jesus, wonder, why, ponder, stress, anxiety Fall scene in MA

Way back in the 1980's I took this photo while in a small town in western Massachusetts.  Most people I know tend to get excited, perk up, prepare for, and are encouraged as Spring moves into Summer.  Not that I don't like Summer, but for me, I do the same preparations for the beginning of Autumn.  I must say, Autumn is by far my most favorite season (with Winter a close second).  As

I have added a new page to my blog listing my professional publications and interviews.

(a new "Rest Stop" will be posted soon...)

Today is a day most of us can recall exactly where we were and what we were doing that fateful morning.  It is a day that not only changed the USA, it changed many people in deep and profound ways.  I wasn't the same immediately following the event from who I was just prior to the event.  And as time has passed I continue to change, somewhat as a result of the event.

I recently read a book entitled: "Franciscan Voices on 9/11".  This is a compilation of writings from Franciscans reflecting not

The world of academia and study tend to dominate my life, but those who know me also know my love of the weather.  In an earlier blog post I shared a bit about how I came to love, appreciate and respect the weather.  Nature has always fascinated and never ceases to amaze me.

This afternoon, during an active Thunderstorm Watch, my wife and I were on our dock watching the clouds move in when, right in front of us, a waterspout formed!  One would figure that me, the weather enthusiast and

As I sit watching the rain clouds move in I realize that time flies more quickly than I realize.  "Tempus fugit" (time flies) is a phrase I learned early on in my Latin studies.  Yes, I reluctantly studied classical Latin my first two years of college.  Why?  That's a longer story for another blog post.  Suffice it say, I have realized that since the start of the new academic year I have found myself inundated with projects and activities, all legitimate, but all taking away the time I used to

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