Life is Amazing

“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it is amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”

-L R Knost


Senator Merkley on DREAMers

This week I got an email from Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. I want to share it with you.

Dear Alan,

Right now, the futures of 800,000 young DREAMers are hanging by a thread, waiting for Congress to step up and do the right thing. I am calling for immediate action on the DREAM Act to ensure these young leaders can keep contributing to the nation they love.

Today I met Juan from Salem. He loses his job tomorrow because his DACA permit is expiring.     Continue reading

Repaying Meanness with Kindness

This week I experienced more meanness directed toward me, personally, than any other week I can remember for a very long time.

I had a choice. I could return the meanness with meanness of my own, or I could return the meanness with kindness and forgiveness. I chose to be kind.

We have to break the cycle of meanness in our society. I refuse to spread more meanness just because I have been hurt, and I was deeply hurt. We already live with too much meanness and too much hurt. It will not stop until we make better choices.

Please choose to be kind, even when others are unkind to you. Continue reading

The Importance of Gratitude

“Daily discussion of gratitude results in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, energy, and sleep duration and quality. Grateful people also report lower levels of depression and stress, although they do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life.”


This quote is from a research study by Seligman, Emmonds, and McCollough. You can see the whole article by clicking HERE.

Who wouldn’t want all those positive benefits in our lives? But how do we get there? Continue reading


Yesterday I had the privilege of seeing the movie, Wonder. I had read the book by R. J. Palacio some years ago (a copy sits on my desk today), and I was anxious for the theatrical release. I was not disappointed.


Wonder is the story of 10-year-old Auggie, a boy with a genetic facial difference.
We first meet Auggie as he wraps his mind around the concept of entering school for the very first time as a fifth grader. Until then he had been protectively homeschooled. Continue reading

Understanding Privilege

As we pass through yet another period of increased racial tension in our nation’s history, we hear a lot of conversation around the idea of “privilege.” Privilege is understood differently by different people. For the purpose of this essay, privilege is the set of blessings we enjoy, which are not a result of our own hard work or our personal choices.

YouTube has several videos centered on privilege, some much better than others. Recently I came across a video published by Creator Studios on October 11, 2017. I will share the link below, but first I would like to share some thoughts with you.

Unfair race

When the Second Continental Congress voted for independence in 1776, they proclaimed, “All men are created equal.” But are we? Continue reading

Have it Your Way: Whopper Jr. vs. High School Jr.

Burger King has a must-see video on YouTube. It has earned nearly four million hits in less than a month. You’re going to want to see it, but before you do, please read…

Burger King employees filmed an experiment in one of their restaurants where they bullied a Whopper Jr. and they bullied a high school junior. They wanted to see which one would garner the most complaints.

Bully Jr Picture

In full view of real adult customers, a group of high school students bullied another student—both verbally and physically. At the same time, they served hamburgers to adults which had been bullied (smashed) by employees. 

Can you predict the percentages? Continue reading