Expectations are a funny thing. We set boundaries for ourselves based on experiences, values, and the world around us. But are our lessons valuable to someone else’s life? Yes, if they learn them on their own and at their own pace. Learning through personal experience is the key that unlocks the standards by which we… [Read More]

A Writer’s Journey and Jackson

“Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1 (NIV) Every word is important. Use strong verbs. Tighten your sentences. Watch for redundancy. This is part of a writer’s valuable checklist. Concrete exercises develop skills and keep us alert. While “rite with xsellance”… [Read More]


We refuse to wear masks and play games. 2Cor 4:2 (MSG)  The Virginia Tech mascot is a turkey affectionately referred to as the “Hokie” bird. One souvenir is a stuffed animal with a secret.  After careful inspection, his secret may still remain undiscovered. The head of the turkey, if pulled back firmly, is really a clever mask. It’s a… [Read More]

A Tribute to Virginia Tech

Seven years ago I received a call from my son, a student at Virginia Tech. It was the year of the shooting. Thirty-two lives of promise were ended on one solemn day. It’s a day I will never forget. My heart and prayers continue for the families, students and faculty who lived through it. We… [Read More]