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Some Words from Mark Nepo

This poem by Mark Nepo was my "Reflection for the Day."  It seemed appropriate to share it --

The Thing About Fear

We try to avoid it, distract ourselves,

even put others in the way. Because it

makes what is necessary seem monumental.

It makes what is needed seem uncrossable.

Yet when we stumble over the line, or are

loved over the line, or, in our exhaustion,

fall beyond our pain, what we feared

Balls and Strikes Redux

As we move into Summer and my fantasy turns to baseball, I am reminded of an old joke about three umpires in a bar.  The first one says, “There’re balls, and there’re strikes, and I just call’em as I see’em.”  The second umpire, trying to top the first, says, “Well, there’re balls, and there’re strikes, and I just call’em as they are.”  Finally, after a long pause, the third umpire says, “There’re balls, and there’re strikes, but they ain’t nothin’ until I call’em.”

Thoughts at the turning of the year - Dec 2015

It’s the last day of 2015.  I’m sitting here watching the top 100 baseball plays of the year and can’t believe that there are no plays by Bryce Harper and the Nats so far in the list.  A record breaking, MVP season for Bryce and not one highlight in the top 100.     Hmmmm.  Obviously, the MLB Network and I have very different criteria and perspectives regarding what’s “good baseball.”  And as I reflect more on that idea, it becomes clear to me that this is a truth in so many areas of my world.  My perspective on “things” is often diff

The Coming of Christmas

One of my favorite carols is I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – the poem by Longfellow set to music. In his poem, Longfellow captures the despair and the hope of a world at war – an individual in pain because of personal loss. He wrote this poem in 1864 – the Civil War was raging – His son had been injured in battle – His wife had died in a fire. The world around him was not a peaceful place! And yet through all of this pain and despair, he found the Source of All Things – He heard the bells pealing peace – reconciliation – forgiveness.