Category: Purpose

  • Hail, the Conquering Hero!

    I am thankful for Joe Boris, a history/sociology teacher at State College Area High School. He is retiring this year, after 40 years at State High. The number of students he’s touched is in the tens of thousands and there isn’t one who knows Joe at all that doesn’t love him. Or at least will […]

  • Musical Monday: Memorial Day 2013 Freedom isn’t free

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Xrlf3taEo               Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.                                                               […]

  • Armed Forces Day, 2013

    I am thankful for our  Armed Forces, the men and women who swore an oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our rights. President Harry S Truman led the effort to establish this holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members […]

  • Ceramics drink containers

    I am thankful for ceramics, mugs or cups in particular, for coffee and tea. I find that both metal and plastics lend a faint, but noticeable taste to the drink. Maybe it’s simply from where my lips touch. Maybe not. It makes a difference to me. And since I enjoy these heavenly gifts, I like […]

  • Sunday’s Spiritual Spin: Klatuu, Barada, Necktie…

    unday’s Spiritual Spin I am thankful for the Trinity Knot. Looks like this and I think it’s pretty cool: Of course, there is the obvious connection here, on a Sunday, for me, a Chaplain. For those not of an orthodox Christian persuasion, the Trinity is a doctrine (teaching) about God and Who He is, based on […]

  • THON

    I an thankful for THON–aka Penn State Dance Marathon, a philanthropic phenomenon that raises funds to fight pediatric cancer care of The Four Diamonds Fund. Forget about the so-called scandal of last year. This is what Penn State is about. I  am thankful for a community that cares about children and is motivated to do […]

  • It’s A Small World…

    I am thankful that my job has me in contact with numerous college student that I have come to know and appreciate. Because our contact is generally only seconds long (I’m at a cash register in a convenience store in one of the local university’s commons buildings), getting to know them is…time consuming. And given […]

  • Computer Viruses

    I am thankful for computer viruses. As no, I’m not completely off my trolley. Just mostly. The reason is that computer viruses are intentional. And I’m into intentionality. Purpose. I am also thankful for the opportunity to do the cleaning and overhaul, even buying new toys, that malware sometimes force on you. Throw in the […]

  • On Being Challenged

    I am thankful that I am being challenged, forced outside my current comfort zones, given the opportunity to grow. I serve as a community Chaplain, focusing on youth. I have been involved in Scouting for years. The two interests merged when I began teaching the Protestant Religious Awards program (formerly called God and Country)–this year […]

  • Politics and Prayer

    I am thankful for The Republic. She has weathered numerous elections with folks of whatever stripe cheering/complaining about the results. Some of the results have been excellent; some…not so  much. Yet, we endure. Regardless of your political stance, or your religious one, it is always a good time to pray for those in authority. They […]