Needs for a New Week

There used to be a secret sender of motivational messages on the Columbia College campus. Every so often you would see positive messages peppered across the campus bulletin boards. I haven’t seen any in a long time, so maybe I should start posting good messages to help keep me (and others) on track for the new week.

Always remember, flight is a distinct possibility.



International Women’s Day, 2015

Oh what to say on this Sunday morning? I could say that I’m tired and worn from the stresses of a career in education. I could say that the spite of strangers can make a person cry. I could say that my time in the Ohio Education Association was much better than the women who had to sign this contract:

I could say, should say, and WILL say that my complaints and stressors could be so much worse. I have money in the bank, the right to vote, and can walk around a house without fear of abuse or violence. On this, International Women’s Day, I will remember and lift up the students who make my life’s vocation a joy, and ignore those who claim the joy that belongs to others. I will do my best to view these latest impediments to my eyes, mind, and heart as mere distractions. Here’s to lessons learned.



I am a big fan of The Muppets and The Berenstain Bears.

I am not a fan of Chick-Fail-A. And I’m really not a fan of people bragging about their fat-fried meals at said establishment, like Kirk Cameron‘s sister.

This evening I read a college acquaintance’s report that she ate at Chick-Fail-A today and while eating she thought of the gay friends she loves but that she also loves traditional marriage. I felt a pang in my heart, literally. How do I support my LGBTQ friends who physically ache years after physical assaults and verbal taunts? How do I support my Christian friends, some of whom, I believe have love in their heart but are narrowly defining marriage to the point of discrimination? Using their bible to support bigotry?

I just keep coming back to a simple question for traditional marriage fans, “Which Biblical definition are you referring to?”


National Photo Month, 5/17/12 edition

Josef Miles gave his mother, Patty Akrouche, an early Mother’s Day present this past weekend. I think he gave us all something quite precious.

For more about Josef you can read this report from NPR.

[Image credit: Patty Akrouche]


National Photo Month, 5/9/12 edition

Yesterday, North Carolina voters decided to make a constitutional amendment specifying that marriage is to be between a man and a woman only. I can’t help but feel discouraged at the efforts many have gone to, not just in North Carolina, to deny people rights. Shortly after the returns spelled out the ‘victory’ for the amendment, I found this from the folks at The God Article on facebook:

Hate will never be conquered by anger.
Ignorance will never be defeated with judgement.
Love will not prevail until it is practiced relentlessly.


Photo of the Week, 25 March 2012

The case of Trayvon Martin is troubling for so many reasons, first of which is that a 17 year-old who went to the store for tea and Skittles at the half-time of the NBA All-Star Game was shot dead.  We may never know the truth but enough has come out that leads me to believe that it’s a tragedy all the way around.  The news that Trayvon’s hoodie was part of George Zimmerman’s initial suspicion is even more troubling, akin to rape being ’caused’ by a women’s provocative clothing.  From Marion Wright Edelman to the Miami Heat, hoodies are becoming a political statement.