Mopping up the Embers of Anger

Mopping up the Embers of Anger

When I think of anger, I think intensity.   A person is boiling mad! They are fired up!  Voices are raised, and blood pressure levels are elevated.  Doors are slammed and hateful words are spoken.  I grew up with a father who was known to have fits of rage periodically.  He was never physically abusive, but he showed several of the above mentioned outward expressions of anger. Those are not fond childhood memories. A good friend of mine is married to…

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What is Hidden Behind the Curtain of a Quiet Spirit?

What is Hidden Behind the Curtain of a Quiet Spirit?

The real treasures in your life are often hidden behind the curtain of a quiet spirit. That is true of every group, and even church is no exception.  Churches have treasures that remain undiscovered until they surface unexpectedly.  My family moved to Granbury in July of 2004.  We chose to paint the interior of our new home before the chaos of having three young boys in a new house ensued.  And there were other menial chores around the house that…

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Lonely? On Valentines Day??

Lonely? On Valentines Day??

Valentine’s Day is quite profitable for those who market candy, or sell flowers.  I wonder about the gross sales of Valentines related items.  Oh well…most of us dropped a few dollars today. As the day winds down, I am thinking of people who do not have anyone to buy them a box of candy or a dozen roses.  I am thinking of people who are alone. I made preparations today to officiate at a funeral that will be held next…

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A Trip Back in Time!

A Trip Back in Time!

I think I grew up in a pretty normal family.  My mother was a stay-at-home mom like so many women were in the 1960’s and 1970’s.   My father worked for two corporations during his entire married life.  He was very steady and dependable in that regard.  My parents were frugal like you can’t imagine, but we never went without food or clothes. But, my family of origin was also proficient at secret keeping.  There was a history of mental illness…

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It’s Not Acceptable to be Sad?

It’s Not Acceptable to be Sad?

I have been asked to speak to a group of high school students this Sunday evening about depression.  It’s not an easy topic to delve into by any means, but it is relevant.  Unfortunately, suicide ideation among teens is far too common.  And, depression is by no means uncommon among students.  Where do I begin? I have a strong hunch that some students are of a mind that being sad is unacceptable.  If they feel sad, then they conclude something…

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Measuring Parental Success at 2:00 a.m.

Measuring Parental Success at 2:00 a.m.

My day began with a call out from one of our 911 dispatchers about 6:15 in the morning.  6:15 is really not bad at all in terms of timing!  But, they don’t call because all is well.  It was a challenging experience, which is the norm.  I tried to do a good job serving those who were impacted by a particularly difficult crisis.  Later in the day another major incident occurred.  This one ended up being a late-night experience, so…

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What is the WORST Thing You Have Ever Seen?

What is the WORST Thing You Have Ever Seen?

It is a common theme in  my discussions with both emergency medical services professionals and 911 dispatchers.  Their friends, who are not first responders, ask the same question.  It is a question that is asked repeatedly.  Are you ready?  The question is:  “What is your worst call you have been on as an EMT or paramedic?”  Or…”What is the worst call you have taken as a dispatcher? May I answer for these professionals?  Here is a really good initial answer. …

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The Power of a Kind Word

The Power of a Kind Word

–> I try really hard to remain connected to my friends.  But, I often let weeks go by without calling or texting.  This week I was reminded of the value of a kind overture.  There is nothing like being on the receiving end of genuine encouragement. Every single day this past week one of my friends reached out to me and made it clear in their own way that I was valued.  I had to leave a memorial service rather…

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Who is my Neighbor?

Who is my Neighbor?

Who is my neighbor?  It could be someone in close proximity impacted directly by tragedy.  It could be the person who loses a loved one in a fire that completely destroys his home. Such an event will be a test of your capacity to be a neighbor. I had an opportunity to reach out to a man who found himself in that very situation yesterday.  And in the process, I was reminded once again of the true definition of a neighbor.A…

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Heroes of the Home

Heroes of the Home

I have noticed that the superhero movies tend to do well at the box office.  The same superhero can be featured in several movies and the theaters are full.  Why is that true.  Is it attributed to superb acting and engaging special effects?  Maybe… I actually think there is another dynamic at work. Our culture longs for heroes.  They are out there, if you look.   There is a particular longing for the kind of heroes that most people will never…

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