How Can You Tell?

Enlightenment comes and goes as it pleases

WPS HS commons courtyard
Sitting in solitude this second week in February, noticing the barren trees.


WPS HS commons courtyard
The Orlando wind-chill made it feel like Winter at approx 50 degrees. Only a matter of weeks before barren reveals the beautiful truth of Winter – the promise of Spring.


Enlightenment comes and goes as it pleases. Often, excellent conditions are right in front of us, even though it seems distant or non-existent.

Couldn’t find attribution for this, but enjoyed discovering it on Facebook while sitting on a High School bench:

The brutal truth?

The beautiful truth?

After 56 years on this planet, a very nice paradox to transform the way i think about honesty, feedback, and coaching.





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One Question A Day?

Is God really real?

Brookview Senior Living facility
Arrived three days ago.


Is God really real?

Is it up to the elders (the eldest elders) to prove it?

There would seem to be no greater responsibility for a parent than to show the (potentially frightening) way.

My life (56 years) experience pales in comparison to that of an 89 and 92 year old.




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How Can You Tell?

Common sense gets lost in translation

Quote about beautiful eyes
Photo: Facebook screenshot yesterday.


Often, the source of wisdom can make or break our personal believability. For instance, from Luke:

No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; if he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 37) And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38) But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39) And no one after drinking old wine desires new; for he says, `The old is good.

Makes total sense because fermentation creates pressure. And anyone who’s ever enjoyed aged wine understands the second part.

Teaching our son about parables – stories that illustrate an important and wise concept.

A concept that is applicable to every aspect of life.

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Dear Son

Dear Son, you’re getting there, slowly

Disney pontoon boat shuttle to Disney's Port Orleans Riverside
Disney pontoon boat shuttle to Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. Saratoga Springs DVC in background.


DVC lookout tower near Disney's Old Key West Resort
DVC lookout tower near Disney’s Old Key West Resort


Cirque du Soleil
Entering Downtown Disney from behind Cirque du Soleil


On this 2015 Walt Disney Marathon weekend Sunday, as we prepare to leave home for Mass, just overheard our son (14) say, “I don’t see the point to why we have to get there 15 minutes early.”

Later today, there will be an opportunity to ask him, “Why do you think we arrive at your YuGiHo tournaments 30 minutes early?”

Self-evident sometimes takes time to nurture. Years even. Sometimes longer.

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This almost sounds the opposite of love

Jesus Christ on the cross
God does not force himself on anyone. Ever. Nor does God abandon anyone. Ever.


This almost sounds the opposite of love.

Almost hypocritical.

God helps those who help themselves.

Yes there are exceptions.

Most of us aren’t.

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