A simple request…


...Is not always so simple, is it? Too many of us grew up with and are still surrounded by a culture that glorifies success against all odds over the testimony of human survival... A culture that exalts greed and competition... Efficiency at the expense of joy... Strength in the face of vulnerability destroyed. The reality …

13 tips for living a purposeful life.


An acquaintance recently asked for 13 tidbits of advice to share with their daughter for her thirteenth birthday.  It was a wonderfully thoughtful gift, and as I sent the lengthy message, I realized these 13 tips are pretty universal, and decided to post them here. Enjoy! 1. You are more powerful than you’ll ever know. …

Growth: Let crumbling foundations clear the path for deeper roots.


This past weekend was quite a whirlwind, the culmination of a few weeks planning to celebrate the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela coincided with the unfolding of the trial of the George Zimmerman trial. Saturday evening on my way to a posh Beverly Hills restaurant to celebrate one of my best friend's milestone birthdays, the …

Mind renewal: Living above the law, because love never fails. Love is love.


When certain political issues rise, judgment and confusion roar.  Particularly in my little slice of the world, because I'm blessed to love and be loved by a lot of powerfully vocal and passionate folks.  So when presidential campaigns loom, or media focuses on abortion, capital punishment, poverty, civil rights, same-sex marriage, or religious freedoms...  Like …

What “praying for Oklahoma” means to me…


It's not always clear what "I'll pray for you" or "You're in my prayers" means to everyone. This is what I'm Praying for Oklahoma means to me. We know who God is. We know that no matter how much lies seem to suggest otherwise, God is GOOD. We know that's why it's impossible for science to predict tornadoes, …

Habitual Thinking: A fruitful mind feeds on fruit.


An old(ish) Adam Sandler movie, of all things, got me inspired to write about: Habitual thinking and how life-changing it can be to simply change the way you think;  How important rest is; How rest influences what we do when we're not resting. Now it's time for practical steps. Trust me, everyone needs to change their thinking habits. …

Who’s your Daddy: Identity, value and self-worth.


I shared some relationship tips recently, including how to identify and deal with your worst enemy. Today is about self-worth, particularly for men, as the world seems hell-bent on convincing y'all your self-worth is defined by net worth.  Ladies meanwhile, are being convinced we're defined by our bed-worth or sexuality, but that's another discussion for another …