On my last two plane flights I was trapped near families that were traveling with very small children. Flying is unpleasant enough these days for grown-ups, and so I am not surprised that a toddler would find the noise, cramped conditions, flight turbulence, and changing cabin air pressure very stressful and would use the ancient response of screaming to demonstrate displeasure. I was trapped. Everyone was trapped. The screeching ricocheted around the narrow walls of our flying tube. I fantasized... Read More
We have six chickens. Just a few weeks ago we bought four chicks. At the beginning of summer we have plans to add some more.
I was raised in the suburbs, so this has been quite the learning experience for me. I’ve turned to the wealth of all knowledge—the Internet—to learn all the ways we have to prepare our current hens to get used to the new ones. Apparently chicken psychology is involved.
There is, literally, a pecking order. If... Read More
Well, another one bit the dust. More accurately, another one was bitten and went back to dust. Rev. Jamie Coots of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus’ Name of Middlesboro, Kentucky, passed away after he was bitten by a poisonous snake during a religious service last month. He and his father were leaders in a movement of Holiness churches in Appalachia that believes that God promises Christians today the power to handle poisonous snakes without harm. His family said that... Read More
I joined a gym 18 months ago. Throughout the CrossFit community there are some rules, some are written down but—more often than not—some are simply understood. Here are a few:
• Check your ego at the door. You are here to get better, stronger, faster, fitter. You aren’t here to show off how awesome you are.
• Be coachable. Your trainers have trained for this job. Let them help you.
• Introduce yourself to people you don’t know. It takes... Read More
Are your pastors doing a good job? Are they meeting your needs? Are they articulating and carrying out your congregation’s mission? I don’t know very many pastors who undergo a regular performance review by their lay leaders. Perhaps the leaders feel that the pastors are above review or that they don’t feel they are competent to review their clergy or maybe that there is no point in it since pastors are assumed to have lifetime tenure (sexual and financial failings... Read More