Meaning Making Machines

Humans are creators of meaning, and finding deep meaning in our experiences is not just another name for spirituality but it is also the very shape of human happiness. – Richard Rohr This nursing home, like most nursing homes, smelled of old people and stale urine. Over the years I’ve learned to carry a small… Read More »


“The stuff of Earth competes for the allegiance I owe only to the Giver of all good things.” – Rich Mullins Several weeks ago Hilda’s nurse called and asked if I could get over to see Hilda right away, she was dying. Hilda, due to years of living with some kind of dementia, lived in… Read More »

Paper or Plastic?

I generally don’t tell people what I do for a living. I mean, when you tell someone you are a hospice chaplain they tend to just tilt their head knowingly and look at you with big doe eyes like you’re Brother Teresa. And I’m not. It’s not that I don’t love what I do or… Read More »

Fallen Leaves

I was able to knock off early today. I presided at a memorial service over the weekend, so my boss gave me the afternoon off. Since it was a beautiful fall day I headed for my favorite spot, the cemetery on the south end of town. It has everything; a gorgeous view of Pompadour Butte,… Read More »