Spirit Matters

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In 2011, I was at the annual National Guard Chaplain Conference in Washington, D.C., when I was sidetracked into a personal conference with a colleague.

The morning session began with all the usual inspirational speeches from our higher-ups. Just before our lunch break, Chaplain Lawrence Witherspoon of Riverside, Calif., stood to make an announcement.

World of Possibilities

World of Possibilities Reading helps children rewrite their future By Norris Burkes July 2020 Do you remember where you were four months ago when our world began to tilt? I was at Republica De Francia, a Honduran elementary school deep in the...

Helping The Helpers

Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, often quoted his mother who offered advice during his childhood about scary events on the news.

“Look for the helpers,” she said. “You will always find people who are helping.”

Today, the news couldn’t be scarier because those helpers are in trouble.

Separate, Don’t Isolate

These days, I’m opening scores of emails from companies announcing their new COVID-19 policies. Grocery stores tell me they are disinfecting carts. Car rental companies proclaim their vehicles are safe to rent and schools promise to operate online.

They are all good polices, but the pandemic plan I prefer to follow is “Let’s Thrive, Not Just Survive.”

Are you really saying thank you?

It was an icy morning when I trudged the uphill sidewalk that skirts the University of Nevada campus. Behind me, I heard the huffing of a fellow student approaching on his bicycle and I moved to my right to yield for faster traffic.

However, I unwittingly detoured the bicyclist already approaching my right and sent him onto a muddy knoll. He managed to stay upright as he passed me. Then, with his tires spitting mud and his voice dripping sarcasm, he yelled, “Thank you SO much!”

Say Little; Do Much

I am a professionally employed chaplain. I’m schooled, ordained and certified. I’ve even been to war.

But I recently attended three funerals that reminded me how I can feel as helpless as anyone when trying to comfort a heartbroken friend.

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