It’s that time of year again–the Grump starts on his kick about hygge, the Scandinavian concept of coziness that gets him through the winter months. Continue reading Annual Hygge Post
Yep, I’m a pacifist–and I love veterans. Go figure! Continue reading What, to a Pacifist, is Veterans Day?
I’ve come to have compassion for those who are choosing to leave my beloved denomination…just not necessarily for the reasons you might think. Continue reading Compassion for the “Leavers”
An idealist is someone who sees the world and thinks “Why not?” An ideologue is someone who looks at the world and is a jerk about it. Continue reading What Happens When an Idealist Becomes an Ideologue?
Robert Frost may have known a lot about poetry, but he didn’t know much about fences, or boundaries, or whatever. Read here why good boundaries DO make good neighbors. Continue reading Good Fences (Boundaries) Make Good Neighbors (and Relatives, and Friends, and Co-workers…)
There’s a difference between a Grump and a person who’s just plain insufferable. Knowing the difference may just save your life–or at least your sanity. Continue reading The Difference Between Grumpy and Insufferable
Go slow–or else! The Grump explores why slowing down is good for the individual, the community, and the world. Continue reading In Defense of Going Slow
I’ve always been a traditionalist (NOT in the way some of my fellow United Methodists use that term, mind you!). My tastes in worship have typically been “high up the candle” as they say in Anglican circles. In fact, I love the candles, the incense, chanting, people in vestments, reverential prayer, weekly celebration of the … Continue reading A Grump Grows Up (Or, “How I Learned to Stop Complaining and Love the Praise Band”)
Or, why I don’t celebrate the 4th, put my hand over my heart, say the pledge of allegiance, or sing the national anthem. Since yesterday was the Fourth of July, I got to thinking about what it means to love one’s country, and what “patriotism” is. I know, that’s not what the holiday is for–it’s … Continue reading “Unpatriotic” Acts of Patriotism:
I’ve been praying the psalms for nearly two years now, as part of the community of the St. Brigid of Kildare Monastery, and let me tell you, it’s been an adventure! The psalms contain every human emotion possible–love, hate, anger, sadness, grief, mental anguish–you name it, it’s probably in there. That’s because the psalms were … Continue reading “Human anger will serve to praise you…”