Christmas is Peace

Christmas is the season of peace. It overtakes us every year like some kind of unexplainable euphoria just about the time the Thanksgiving leftovers have run out. The weather turns colder, we decorate our homes, pumpkin is (finally) replaced with peppermint and Nat King Cole sings our favorite Christmas carols once again. Christmastime swallows us up in acts of giving, extensions of kindness and singing songs of joy, hope and peace.

And it really doesn’t make any sense.

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First and Ten

I wish there was a better way to preserve the way we feel on certain days. There are some feelings, certain experiences, special moments in life that I wish we could just bottle up and keep stored away – able to feel them afresh anytime we like. I vaguely remember what was going on in my heart and in my head 10 years ago as I awoke on the day of my wedding. I remember being eager, nervous, exhausted, impatient, grateful, hopeful, and full of disbelief that this remarkable woman wanted to be married to me. I remember feeling so many different emotions that day. In my memory it feels like a blur now, like the hazy remembrance of a dream from the night before that is fading away. Only, every morning since, I’ve awoken to that dream come true.  Continue reading First and Ten

Confessions from a Sabbatical

Four weeks ago my employer gave me the opportunity to take a one-month sabbatical. Today, I am returning back to work. Since I’ve practically disappeared for the past month, I thought I’d share a few reflections.

The common question these days is, “So how was your sabbatical?” If I’m honest, I haven’t the foggiest idea how to respond. So, “good” is typically the first answer and then I’ll go into how nice it’s been to spend time with my family and finish up by telling them something about my latest trip to Israel. Honestly, though, I don’t know how to categorize or rate what I’ve experienced in the past month. I mean, can you remember the last time you didn’t work for a month? For me, it was 15 years ago.

This sabbatical was better than I expected, harder than I expected, more satisfying than I expected, more challenging than I expected, and more transformative than I had hoped. Continue reading Confessions from a Sabbatical

DIY Workbench (phase 1)

My garage has gotten some serious love the past few weeks. Now that the garage floor has a new look, I decided to finally build myself an actual workbench. Over the years we’ve had tables and other odds and ends that we used for projects, but never an actual workbench. We don’t have a ton of garage space, so we weren’t sure what would be the best configuration around to use. Lucky for me, there are lots of other people out there who really love workbench making & offer up their ideas for free! Continue reading DIY Workbench (phase 1)

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