A Toy Story

As the Polar Express steams by Herpolsheimer’s department store – the England Brothers of my youth in Pittsfield, Massachusetts – the kids on the train stare in wonder at the store’s window displays filled with magical Christmas visions.  “I want them all,” the ‘know-it-all kid exclaims referring to the abundance of extraordinary gifts and toys. …

Merry Christmas

Originally posted in 2020, I believe this is worth re-posting.  Merry Christmas 2021. I believe that Jesus has influenced and continues to influence more human beings than any person who has ever walked the Earth.  His message of unconditional love and forgiveness was and is plain and simple.  That is how he lived, simply:  he …

The Star Thrower Revisited

In recent days and weeks, I’ve revisited “The Star Thrower” story.  This story from Loren Eiseley’s 1969 book The Unexpected Universe was the subject of one of our earliest posts a decade ago.  Its value remains true and unquestionable:  If you base your choices on what is right, then what you do will make a …

No One Should Be Lost

As I prepared to park at Dwight’s company this morning, two young men approached me and asked in barely discernable English if I was “Sandy *****.”  When I answered ‘no,’ they asked if I knew him.  I noted a parachute logo on one man’s jacket.  Since we stood a stone’s throw from SkyDive Arizona, I …

How We Want to Live

“O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come unto you.” Psalm 102 As a daily Mass attendee for six years, I’ve recited Psalm 102 many times as a responsorial psalm to daily readings.  I thought about it this week when my friend Justin posted this picture from our kitchen in Cité Soleil, Haiti. …

Street Cleaners Beat Guns Into Brooms

“If you want to change the world, make your bed…”  So begins the first chapter of Admiral McRaven’s treatise on how each of us can positively affect the world we live in and make it a better place to be. Not one of the young people of Guepard Boxing Club in Cité Soleil, Haiti has …

Spiritual Understanding

In a December 2017 interview with Kozo Hattori and Pavithra Mehta from Awakin.org, Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer said, “A spiritual understanding not practiced under fire is without value.”  This is as profound a statement of spirituality as I have heard.  It was part of her answer to the question, “Your Greatest Inspiration.” Dr. Aluli Meyer grew up …

I AM

As we hunkered down over the Arizona weekend under biblical monsoon rain, I encouraged my friend Dwight to watch Tom Shadyac’s 2010 documentary “I Am.”  True to form, he did, and when I asked him what he thought, he replied, “Everyone needs to watch this film.” I first watched “I Am” a decade ago, recommended …

What Your Right Hand Is Doing

As our farm develops, donors have been stepping up to keep the GBCCS kitchen operating four days each week.  As much as I would like to share some incredible stories about our donors, I’ve decided that moving forward, I will heed the advice of Jesus, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds …