Category: Sabbatical

2014: A Year of Blessings

  It’s the last day. The final day. The end of another year. 2014 is nearly toast. You might be reflecting on your year too on this New Year’s Eve. Some of you can’t wait to push the reset button. It’s been a challenging year for you. I’ve had those kind of years too. But […]

Top Five

Everyone has their favorites.  I enjoy doing a “Top Five” of the recent blog posts. Since I was away on a four month sabbatical, I changed the patterns of my blog posts and I didn’t even look at the stats of my blog posts to see if there were any emerging patterns of what was read the […]

Rock Concert Extraordinaire

  We had many of them over the last four months of our sabbatical. Sitting. Hiking. Reading. Relaxing. Recharging. Resting. Beside a stream or river. The song was melodious, glorious and soothing. Three places stand out. The McKenzie River in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. The Little Pigeon River in Tennessee. And the snow-fed summer […]

Sabbatical: Recharging and Reconnecting Anywhere

  Cathedrals. Churches. Convents. Caves. Cars. Cafes. Chapels, Castles. Condos. Cabins. Cruise Ship. Canyons. And Creation. All of them. Uniquely different. But the same. Places of worship—while my wife Linda and I were on our recent four-month sabbatical. Our four “R” goals during the sabbatical included recharging and reconnecting. Recharging our spiritual batteries was one […]

Sabbatical: Everywhere I Go I See You

  It’s one of those songs stuck on “repeat.” Over and over for several days now. I keep hearing these words, “Everywhere I go I see You, everywhere I go I see You…everywhere I go I see You…” It all started when we began reflecting on the fact that it was our final full week […]

Sabbatical: Renewed Intentionality

A welder, chemist, music teacher, engineer, brain-cancer researcher, chaplain, physician, nurse, pastor, midwife, military analyst, business owner, and workers in a predominantly Muslim country. From Minnesota, Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, New York, Florida, Colorado and the Middle East. Married between one year and forty-eight years. Over 400 cumulative years of marriage experience. Twelve couples and two […]

Sabbatical: Encountering Angels

We met some angels on Mount Evans in the Colorado Rockies earlier this week. They had names. Not Gabriel or Michael. But Amy, Pat, Chad, Greg and John. Yes, we met five angels at 14,130 ft. elevation. They actually called my name. I’m still in awe. It happened like this. While driving up the highest […]

Sabbatical: Recharging

  What is it that recharges you? It might be your hobby, an activity, your faith, a place, a person or even your work. It’s likely more than just one of the above. One of the four R goals of my sabbatical time has been to recharge. While planning for the sabbatical some twenty months ago, […]

Sabbatical: Views, Vistas and Vitality

  Every turn in the road provokes another “take a look at that” comment. Life-giving. Breath-taking. Awe-inspiring. And more. Leisurely enjoying the Canadian Rockies over the last three days is certainly a reminder why we chose this five-day segment as a part of our ten-week road trip across North America.   As we take in the […]

Sabbatical: Intentional Legacy-Leaving

  Resting, Retooling, Recharging and Reconnecting. We are daily immersing ourselves in these four stated goals of our sabbatical. Today, I watch a female Rufous hummingbird probe the flowers on the bank of the glacier-fed McKenzie River in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. The dopamine, serontonin and endorphin-producing sounds of the water rushing over the […]