Opportunities to Train

I tend to grumble at training, but there is growth in each opportunity

I’m coming out of my busy work season, closing my yearly curriculum-writing routine that I’ve repeated since 1998. I’m getting focused on other important matters. I have three to share with you, and I bet you’ll appreciate that which I’m learning from each.

Picture taken while training for a climb. Why would I grumble over this?

Picture taken while training for a climb. Why would I grumble over this?

Benedict Bernie

I don't agree with his politics, but I, too, was let down

I know a lot of liberals. I find most of them to be loving, life-giving and freedom-believing people. The ones I knew were big Bernie Sanders believers, and in a way, that gave me hope.

Bernie Sanders was given a great opportunity to pivot on principle.

Bernie Sanders was given a great opportunity to pivot on principle.

The Solution to the Next Orlando

Gun and Muslim control are red herring solutions that leave us vulnerable

With a tragedy like Orlando (and San Bernardino, Colorado Springs, Chattanooga, and Charleston of the last year), I search for answers. But it is almost impossible to find them amidst the social media pontification from the Left and the Right. Both are obnoxious and critically wrong. I feel we are sitting ducks for another senseless murder.

Omar Mateem

How do you stop lunatics like this? No one seems to have the solution.

The Zika Scare

We caught the virus, but so glad we didn't fall for the hype

Wendy and I considered canceling our 25th Anniversary trip to Puerto Rico due to the on the Zika Virus. But then we dug into research, and deduced that it would be ridiculous. The media was hyping up a scam, and the government was blowing the flames.

Who at the CDC came up with this brilliant advice?

“Don’t let mosquitoes bite you.” Who at the CDC came up with this brilliant advice?

The Hypocrisy of Trump Haters

The more "shocked and dismayed" they get, the more I side with Trump

It looks to be that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. I’m not too pleased with that, but let me be honest: I identify more with Trump supporters than I do with those who hate him. Let me explain why.

Donald Trump shakes hands as he arrives to address a crowd. From Boston Herald (c) 2015 Staff Photo by Nancy Lane.

Donald Trump shakes hands as he arrives to address a crowd. From Boston Herald (c) 2015 Staff Photo by Nancy Lane.

A Meditation on Christian Hatred

How "turning the cheek" is not such a bad idea afterall

My 9-year-old son came across a disgraceful picture of me on the Internet, a photoshopped gangster/pimp looking mockery of me with crazy eyes and a fat money chain around my neck. Its creator was trying to portray me as greedy, a father of so many children just so that I can write books about them and make a lot of money. I find that crass judgment of me easy to brush off, but my son asked, “Why do people hate you so much, Dad?”

The Sack of Rome, 455 AD.

The Vandal Sack of Rome, 455 A.D.

Handling Hate

Some wake with a seething hatred for that which I love

I realize I spend too much time thinking of them, those people who wake every morning with an extreme hatred for that which I love. I used to find comfort in pretending they didn’t exist.

Jeubs at Christmas 2015

My reality: Some actually hate us for pictures like this.