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Books of 2012

I had a habit during seminary of sharing the books I had been reading. In my heart, I'm not sure if it seems boastful to continue this tradition. I may need to do some work to discern my inner motives. For this time I shall, once again, share with you the books I've read and listened to throughout 2012.


J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard J.K. Rowling, Quidditch Through The Ages, Kennilworthy Whisp Daniel Keyes, Flowers For Algernon Paul W. Pruyser, The Minister as Diagnostician Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight Manfred Waldemar Kohl, Congregationalism in America Rod Bell, Velvet Elvis Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle In Time (Strangley, the worst book I've read in a long time!) John and Stasi Eldrege, Captivating Stewart Wolff, Father Stories Martin Luther, Concerning Christian Liberty Kenneth C. Haugk, Christian Caregiving: A Way of Life
Ruth N. Koch and Kenneth C. Haugk. Speaking The Truth In Love
Also, this…

Connecticut Remembers Newtown

I received this email earlier in the week:
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Connecticut Remembers Newtown this Friday

On Friday December 21st at 9:30am Gov. Malloy has asked us to offer a moment of silence in memory of our Newtown, Connecticut neighbors who died tragically last week. We hope you will join us and all of Connecticut in this solemn observance.
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Click Here to read Gov. Malloy's official proclamation.

I think this was a very good reminder. The link takes you right to a pdf of the proclamation that describes the significance of remembering the events at Sandy Hook Elementary.

It's hard to think that this horrific shooting happened just a week ago. Even harder, is to think I was just blogging about "Change." As information about the shooting came trickling in via various sources of news, it's hardly the time for blogging. But little did I expect how life would change for those families. Horrible. How life could change for my family. The impact of this trauma has left it's mark…

Found Objects: A New Starbucks Logo?

In a recent article entitled, A Look at the Future of Starbucks, Howard Shultz announced as of January 5, 2011 that the company would be changing their image as they move forward. Sure this happened over a year ago. But I'm still adjusting to the new life with a different logo.

The question rings in my mind: "You're changing your logo?" The conversation goes on in my head, "But I love your logo!" I've since adjusted to this new logo. But when it happened, I had to really think about all the emotions that swept about me as I thought about the change.

Anyone like change? Sometimes I do, I suppose. It wards off boredom. It keeps you moving. Float like a butterfly  sting like a bee. Often I don't. I read a book recently called, Who Moved My Cheese? It was a realistic (very short and very worthwhile) book that helped me remember that change just happens and those most fit for survival are the ones who adjust to change and even anticipate it.

I wonder ho…

Re-Start Your Engines!

Ever feel like life gets too busy? Sometimes I feel that way. There are times when I get so anxious about the things to do and the deadlines I have to face that I get frozen and don't feel like doing anything. It's a terrible feeling.

A group of men from our church started meeting together to read a book by Patrick Morley. It's called, The Man In The Mirror: Solving The 24 Problems Men Face. I hadn't read this book before even though I have owned it for about five years. The first chapter is entitled, "The Rat Race." This chapter stuck out to me. Simultaneously, H (my wife) had been thinking about a women's study with church with a book called The Unhurried Life. Sounds like a good book to me. Seems like our thinking aligned with what was going on in our lives. Seems like we need to learn how to live our lives and make better choices as to how to spend our time.

One fine morning I brought my car for an oil change. It was a full experience: I met this ni…