It’s Time for a Purge

It’s hard to believe that not long ago I seriously adopted The 100 Thing Challenge and shed a lot of stuff from my life. Today, I look at my surroundings  and I see more to wash, more to dust, more to organize than ever before. I feel like a binge dieter who loses ten pounds […]

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This Week’s Purge: The Purple Martin House

One spring afternoon, I was working outside when I saw a couple of swallow-like birds circling, gliding, and swooping above the backyard. Less than three days later, I had installed a purple martin house. I grew up with a purple martin house in the backyard. I looked forward to their return each spring when I […]

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This Weeks Purge: Clothes

I’m writing this a few days after I packed four trash bags full of clothes into my truck to take to Goodwill. I more than halved the number of clothes in my closet. Everything from dress pants to underwear went into the bags. I cut my wardrobe in half and I still have plenty of […]

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This Week’s Purge: Shoes

The shoes in this pictures went into my truck and on to Goodwill. The boots were hard to get rid of since they are in good shape and they were expensive when I bought them, even though I almost never wore them. I held on to them for as long as I did out of […]

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This Week’s Purge: Ghosts from a Previous Life

Over ten years ago, I surrendered my creditials as an Elder (a pastor) in the United Methodist Church. Making that decision was difficult, but over the years it has proven to be even more difficult to let go of the tools for ministry. I scaled down my collection of books when I moved out of […]

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The Thief of Joy

I most definitely did not wake up this morning feeling like P. Diddy. Given that I am  neither a 42 year-old African-American rapper/producer nor a mind-boggling successful singer/songwriter (Ke$ha), I guess that’s okay. Frankly, it would be weird to wake up feeling like anybody other than me, although I would enjoy a Freaky Friday experience with either […]

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