George Herbert’s Secrets of Soul Revealed in a Package of Poetry

f He suffered with poor health throughout his life and died of consumption in 1633 at the age of 39.  Before he died he sent a collection of poems to a friend, the founder of the Anglican religious community, Little Gidding. This request, it is said, accompanied the manuscript: Sir, I pray deliver this little … Continue reading George Herbert’s Secrets of Soul Revealed in a Package of Poetry

Why Forgiveness Is the “Sweeter, Smarter” Choice that Sets Our Prisoners Free

I had rarely heard the the word “incarcerated” before becoming a counselor, but years of work with at-risk children accustomed me to its cadence. It first surfaced on the lips of a dark-haired high school junior who'd come to my office to change her class schedule. Describing her family, she chatted nonchalantly about her grandmother … Continue reading Why Forgiveness Is the “Sweeter, Smarter” Choice that Sets Our Prisoners Free

Links to Explore the Soul-Washing Art of Marc Chagall

Art washes from the soul the dust of ordinary life.  --Picasso This simple sentence makes exploring the world of art and artists accessible, removing the fear that I'm not deep enough or educated enough to find enjoyment in its kaledescopic worlds.  Art washes the dust of ordinary life from the soul. One artist who does … Continue reading Links to Explore the Soul-Washing Art of Marc Chagall

Pollyanna vs. Curmudgeon: The Case for Realistic Optimism

I've neither read nor watched Pollyanna, but I know I've been insulted when someone applies the name to me. When you've just been equated with a syrupy fictional orphan, you've pretty much been put in your place. I'll elaborate briefly. "Read THIS, Pollyanna" means "take a look at reality, Happy Pants." "Back it down, Pollyanna" … Continue reading Pollyanna vs. Curmudgeon: The Case for Realistic Optimism

Need Evidence? Three Reasons to Increase Your Positive Speech

Overcoming our negative speech habits is so challenging that it's tempting to stop working on it.  We fail, and that's discouraging.  We're only human, after all. Why keep trying? When our good intentions evaporate and the truth conveyed by saints and scripture no longer inspires, we can always check out what researchers say about speech.  … Continue reading Need Evidence? Three Reasons to Increase Your Positive Speech

Hans Brinker’s Humble Heroism

Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates has thrilled children since its publication in 1865. Sadly, the book may have become a "victim of technology," writes award-winning children's author Bruce Coville in a note to readers of his 2007 adaptation of the novel. He explains that Mary Mapes Dodge wrote the book not only to entertain … Continue reading Hans Brinker’s Humble Heroism