The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild   I hop on my mountain bike and my suburbia becomes my “Animal Planet’s Wild Kingdom.”   It’s my call of the wild. Queue Rainforest Café sound effects.   Today it was a pack of bobcats. I saw three bobcats, but to be fair, I only saw the tail end…

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Want Need

Want Need     It was like déjà vu reading Jeffrey Tacklind’s book, The Winding Path of Transformation on my Delta Flight to Portland last week. I was transported back to 2008 Haiti, a few months after the massive earthquake, when I read Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet. In Gibran’s passage, “Joy and Sorrow,” I was…

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It’s In the Water

  It’s In the Water   My toddler grandson, Brooks, has a unique way of giving me a kiss. His technique is hard to describe, exactly, and it can vary slightly but the constant is that my face is sopping wet afterward, covered in his sweet slobber water. It’s very intimate.   For the record,…

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Should We Have to Explain Ourselves?

Should We Have to Explain Ourselves?   I’m gonna say yes and no. For me personally, no in many contexts but in others, yes because of 1 Peter 3:15. I saw this meme this morning and was reminded of a few days ago when I was on the first section of the trail that’s paved—the…

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Me Good?

  Me Good?   I had pulled off the side of the trail and was straddling my bike looking down at my phone when a speedy mountain biker descending the hill saw me at the bottom and asked, “You good?”   I wanted to say, “I’m trying.”   Instead, I answered, “Yes, I am, thank…

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Using Our Arms

Using Our Arms   “Top of the World” is this planet-shaped, 360-degree hill in Laguna Beach and my target when I hop on my bike at the trailhead down below—it’s my happy place. I pedal my way all the way up 1,516 feet, spend a few moments there and then pedal down whence I came….

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I Read the End of the Book

I Read the End of the Book   If you read the ending of the book, The Little Love That Could, you know what a bunny tail can mean. Today: It was a foggy early a.m. and I had just arrived at the trailhead and was removing my bike from the rack on the back…

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Jungle Love

Jungle Love   It’s the wedding season. Love is in the air. A while back, I came across what I think is one of the best pieces of marital advice and I’ve given it to my own children. If you’re getting married this summer, or know of someone getting married and need to write something…

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Lego My Ego

Lego My Ego   Years ago, someone teased me about how many self-help books I had on my shelf. I didn’t understand anyone not wanting to improve and the teasing about that still doesn’t make sense to me. I know I’m not everyone’s cup of kombucha. Which is fine. I’ve “read enough books” to be…

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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity   How’d your day start?  Let me tell you how the tone was set for me. My day began with my legs flinging out the side of the bed escape-style and waking to the sound of my own blood-curdling screams.   In the dream, I’d opened my back door and was startled…

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