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Making Sense of Ash Wednesday and the Crosses on my Children’s Foreheads

By | March 10th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt|

Photo by Laurie-Anne Robert via Unsplash It was a beautiful thing to do in the middle of the afternoon, in the middle of the week, at the beginning of Lent. We crowded into our church’s small chapel, the adults in chairs, the children sitting on the large, red [...]

Little Girls, Stuffed Animals, and the Men Who Wouldn’t Move Their Car #RideshareConfessional

By | March 9th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Filip Mroz via Unsplash It is 10pm on a Friday night in southwest Philadelphia. The streets there are pockmarked with holes and cracks and sections that have crumbled in on themselves. The sidewalks look like someone pushed them together, a strewn deck of cards, some leaning [...]

27 Reasons to Buy Any Book, Some of Which Apply Even if You Hate the Author

By | March 8th, 2017|Books, Fiction, Funny Stuff|

There are many reasons to buy a book. Here are 27 of them: You have high hopes that a particular book might be the book that will change your life. You like the other things the author has written. You read an excerpt from the book and liked it. You [...]

When I Was Asked For Relationship Advice #RideshareConfessional

By | March 7th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Jacob Culp via Unsplash “Aw, man,” the young man says, practically jumping into the car. “I love these cars! I’ve always wanted to ride in one.” “Thanks,” I say, smiling. “How’s your day going?” The people back home where I grew up would be tempted to [...]

What I Found in Philadelphia #RideshareConfessional

By | March 6th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Jay Dantinne via Unsplash Driving into Philadelphia the traditional way – floating in on the highway and getting placed into center city with its glass and its architecture and its business people in suits – is the only way I had ever gone into Philadelphia. I [...]

What He Taught Me About Being Too Busy

By | February 23rd, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Mauro Mora via Unsplash On the way to pick up a Lyft fare, I heard a DJ on the radio congratulate someone for winning a “snow-filled day of fun” at a local ski slope. It is February, but, unfortunately for the winner, it is also supposed [...]

That Round of Golf I Played With Tiger, and What it All Meant

By | February 16th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

Photo by Graft Ground via Unsplash Recently on Facebook I shared a dream I had that left a very strong impression on me. When I woke up, I had a very clear idea as to what the dream meant. Here's the dream. What's your interpretation? I was golfing [...]