Proper Pronunciation

One day at work… VP:         “I want to see if you are interested in taking on more responsibility.” Me:        “What did you have in mind?”                     VP:         “I’d like you to take over this team (holds up an organization chart).” Me:        “That is quite a lot more responsibility.”   VP:         “It will be a stretch.” Me:        “I… Read More Proper Pronunciation

Finishing Well

Last night I attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where we honored people celebrating years of sober living. Some of the people have been on a sober and spiritual journey for over 45 years. These are people that may have started out stumbling but will likely finish their race well. I love recovered drunks, like myself.… Read More Finishing Well


I’ve just read Donald Miller’s book, Blue Like Jazz, for a second time. I was captured anew by a phrase in the book: we use love as currency. That is not a complimentary statement. And he wasn’t referring to humans in general. He was referring to church-going people in general. In one section he remarks… Read More As-Is


Psychology Today defines fear as “an internal response to a perceived threat”. While fear is very real, what we fear may not be real at all. That’s why the definition includes the word perceived. In 12-step recovery, we come to realize that fear is often based on nothing more than our expectations; we had become fearful… Read More F.E.A.R.


There was a popular book titled “Ragamuffin Gospel” years ago. In part, the message of that book influenced the name of this blog. The author is Brennan Manning, who passed away in 2013. I recently read a blog post that questioned the credibility and legitimacy of Brennan Manning’s “leadership role” because he had been a… Read More Defense