Coffee is the Best Reward?

I was recently travelling and stayed in a hotel.  My typical routine in a hotel is to get up early, get a cup of coffee, and have my time of morning prayer.  On this, my most recent hotel stay, the paper cup had a message printed on its side.  “Coffee is the Best Reward.”

To say it was a bit of a collision between priorities is an understatement.  Continue reading

Old and Grey

In case you have not already heard – retirement can be a real shock to your system.  There is a lot that goes into that reality.  Probably most important among the factors is that we, as a society, tend to identify ourselves with our work.  When introduced to somebody new the most common first question is, “So, what do you do for a living…?”  Our work becomes Continue reading

Facing the Wind

Windy PilgrimMost people who are facing as strong of a headwind as the man of this statue would turn around, quit, go inside and wait, or do just about anything but keep walking into the wind.  Not having to face the wind is a luxury of  Continue reading

Break Bread with a Stranger

dsc00318Will you break bread with somebody different than you?

Eating is a major part of life.  This is not about the food itself.  It does not matter if it is a simple meal from a fast food place or dining in fine restaurants.  It does not matter if one has made sandwiches or had a massive cookout.  The question is Continue reading

Every Day there is $hi+ on the Road

dsc00358I recently had an opportunity to travel the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (or at least a portion of it) in Spain.  It was a truly wonderful experience physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  I learned about myself, my faith, and other people along the way.  Pilgrims, myself included, shared stories and made friends in a unique environment that Continue reading

Will You Drink of the Excellent Wine?

Chalice of WineFor years and years, I have heard the story of the Wedding Feast at Cana. It is the story of Jesus’ first miracle – turning water into wine. The story is great and you can find the full story here. The debates over the story are even better. Those in the teetotal crowd claim Jesus made the water into fresh squeezed grape juice while those who do imbibe claim that such an idea is rubbish.  Continue reading