books

The Truth About Islam

Sep 15, 2010 | | 6 comments

The heightened interest in the “truth of Islam” should not be a surprise with anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by Islamic Fundamentalists, the threats of Qur’an burning and of course the ongoing battle about whether or not a Mosque should be allowed near the ground zero site.  That it is part of the conversation does […more]

Improv Wisdom

Jun 18, 2010 | | 8 comments

I picked up, Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up by Patricia Madson in one of the many bookstores in Berkeley last month when we were visiting Erin and Justin.  The title stirred me and a cursory browse of the book showed promise.  I wasn’t mistaken. Each day I understand better that our value is […more]

Random News

Oct 26, 2008 | | 3 comments

Trip to the Mountains Jeanie and I spent this past weekend in the Mtns of NC.  Our main purpose was just to get away and take a break from the pressure cooker that life has been lately.  This was our first time at a Bed and Breakfast and I think we chose well.  The Mast […more]

John Brown

Sep 3, 2008 | | 1 comment

I just finished reading Patriotic Treason, John Brown and the Soul of America .  Before reading it, all I knew about John Brown was that he was this guy who was an abolitionist around the beginning of the Civil War and that he was hanged for some violent acts that he commtted while working towards […more]

A Clearing in the Distance

Jan 9, 2008 | | 1 comment

Lately I find myself enjoying more biographies.  I love experiencing other people’s stories. Seeing things from the perspective of other people helps me to see the world in new and different ways. I especially like biographies that are “real”; ones about well known people, but that show them as real people with their weaknesses and […more]

Photoreading

Oct 17, 2007 | | 1 comment

I did something different tonight. I photo-read The World Café, a book about creating environments where we can encourage and explore conversations that matter. My friend, John recommended it. When John tells me he thinks I’ll like a book, he’s usually right on target. I like the idea of creating “café” environments where we invite […more]

Team of Rivals

Oct 4, 2007 | | 1 comment

I just got through listening to a recorded book, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I started this tome early in August when I drove to St. Louis to visit Melody in Medical School at SLU and just finished it tonight. What a great story! The book chronicles the lives of Abraham Lincoln and […more]

Red Pill? Blue Pill?

Aug 30, 2007 | | 7 comments

…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6:11) The battle is real. The stakes are our lives and the lives of the ones we love. The good guys […more]