Tag: relationship

Offering a Simple Smile

 

When I first started working out at our fitness facility, I focused on my mission—getting in, doing my stuff and getting out. I’ve never been crazy about fitness, but as I’ve gotten older, I now realize that if I want to maintain my health and mobility, I’ve got to do it.

I also began to understand that the time I spent at the fitness center would be much more pleasant if I “got outside myself” and realized that other people, for their own reasons, were there with me. And then I remembered my Uncle Al who was a fan of exercise, and he was always friendly to everyone, even if they didn’t reciprocate. He had a sweet demeanor and always greeted people with enthusiasm and kindness.

In Anticipation

 

In my morning crossword puzzle, one clue was “times of anticipation,” and the answer was “eves.” And because we will be spending New Year’s Eve Day with my brother-in-law and his wife, I wanted to talk with you all about “anticipation” before we leave.

It seems like anticipation springboards off of the past year, which I won’t dwell on. The past year has been a challenge in many ways–personally, culturally, and politically. But through it all, I knew that I had a place of respite where I could rest and be truly myself.

Social Distancing, Alienation and Tyranny

 

When we keep our distance from people, we are continually reminded that the world is less safe than ever. Other people potentially endanger our lives; after all, whom do we believe when we read the data about which people endanger us and who is most vulnerable? Ultimately our fear will move us to protecting ourselves by accepting the tyranny of the State. Let me explain:

When we social distance, we are intentionally separating ourselves from others. We limit our exposure to large groups: weddings are limited in size or are broadcast on zoom; funerals leave us vulnerable to exposure; going to church has become a hassle as people try to keep their distance from each other; even small family gatherings could be dangerous.

Member Post

 

Okay, the stabbing was metaphorical but it was performed by an Eskimo — a Yup’ik Eskimo to be precise, and I deserved it. His name is David, but we all call him DJ. He is a friend, and he has been my ally on this desperate battlefield we call life for many seasons. DJ is […]

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Member Post

 

We’ve all been in the position of getting to know new people, and know how awkward that can be. If you’re like me, and your sense is that you’re meeting someone you want to know better, you make the effort to share information that reflects who you are. And if the person is receptive to […]

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