Distressed, Deceived, and Discontented

So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men. 1 Samuel 22:1-2, New Living Translation Lately, I’ve beenContinue reading “Distressed, Deceived, and Discontented”

Fighting Feelings of Insignificance

“…look you, this brave o’erhanging / firmament, this majestical roof, fretted / with golden fire…” Hamlet, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 323-325 Between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. each evening falls the mortal drowsy hour, at least for me. Upon finishing our bedtime routine with the six and eight-year-old, either my wife orContinue reading “Fighting Feelings of Insignificance”

The Danger of Living Life Asquint

“That eye that told you so looked but asquint.” Goneril, from Shakespeare’s King Lear, Act 5, Scene 3 Studying Shakespeare provides a deep well of rich words on which to refresh one’s dehydrated vocabulary. There’s a reason we owe so much of our language to the Bard, and why the best insults come from theContinue reading “The Danger of Living Life Asquint”

Declaration from the Edge of Independence’s Extinction

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was onceContinue reading “Declaration from the Edge of Independence’s Extinction”

Be Angry? What about Love?

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail As a teacher, I’ve heard my share of commencement speakers. I wish I couldContinue reading “Be Angry? What about Love?”

“Sonnet of a Formerly Safe Man”

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. From Sir Francis Drake’s Prayer, 1577. Safety is overrated. I understand the need for caution, but I don’t want perfectContinue reading ““Sonnet of a Formerly Safe Man””