Becky and Harold’s Great Adventure of the West: The Last of Arches and Escalante

Our motel offered a complimentary breakfast and after getting ready, we went down to see what they had to offer..  This was not the usual affair.  We were able to order off the menu and we had a breakfast feast.  Generous portions filled us up and after packing the car we were off.  Green River,Continue reading “Becky and Harold’s Great Adventure of the West: The Last of Arches and Escalante”

Becky and Harold’s Great Adventure of the West: Arches National Park

Becky and Hrold at the entrance of Arches National Park. Well after a not-so-good night of sleep (I awoke at 4 and had trouble going back to sleep), we got up, showered and went to breakfast, which wasn’t half bad.  Following breakfast, we packed up all of our stuff, dragged it down to the car,Continue reading “Becky and Harold’s Great Adventure of the West: Arches National Park”

Becky & Harold’s Great Adventure of the West: Our Journey Begins

The following is an account of a 31-day road trip that Becky and I took of the Western United States.  Our first destination was the Arches National Park in Utah.  From there we looped along the Pacific Coast and back to our home in Fort Morgan, CO.  In all, we put about 8.000 miles onContinue reading “Becky & Harold’s Great Adventure of the West: Our Journey Begins”

Becky & Harold’s Great Adventure: Western United States

Last summer, Becky and I took a road trip in her new Infinity QX 50.  The trip spanned thousands of miles and traveled through numerous National Parks.  We worked our way from Colorado, where we were living, to Utah and the Arches National Park, Bryce National Park and eventually to the Grand Canyon, where, byContinue reading “Becky & Harold’s Great Adventure: Western United States”

Rhetoric vs. Reality: Are They the same?

We live in a world where all too often politics divides us more than unite us. If this division sparks a useful debate, it is helpful. But when it furthers the divide, which breeds hate, we have a problem. Perhaps it is by understanding the relationship between rhetoric and reality that we find the wisdomContinue reading “Rhetoric vs. Reality: Are They the same?”

Are We Going to Die?

Pictured is a postage stamp that recalls the tense standoff between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. When I was a child, we lived close to the-now-defunct Gowen Field, a strategic airbase near Boise, Idaho that, I was told, was one of the main targets for nuclearContinue reading “Are We Going to Die?”

Fitbit Watches and Mental Health

My clients’ constant glance at their watches and my conversations with my cousin really got me to thinking about these things.  Are they really that good for our health? When I saw people as a mental health provider, I began to notice they were starting to look at their watches all the time.  At first,Continue reading “Fitbit Watches and Mental Health”

Mental Health Care and the Free Market

Should Mental Health Care go to the highest bidder? I can remember a conversation I had a while back with a county commissioner.  I was discussing an idea with him when he paused, calculated for a moment, and said “Yes.  That fits into my way of thinking.”   It was a while ago, so I don’tContinue reading “Mental Health Care and the Free Market”

Loving a Façade: The Powerful Deception of Abuse

A human being is spirit. But what is spirit? Spirit is the self. But what is the self? The self is a relation that relates itself to itself or is the relation’s relating itself to itself in the relation; the self is not the relation but is the relation’s relating itself to itself. A humanContinue reading “Loving a Façade: The Powerful Deception of Abuse”

Red-Letter Christians and the Prophetic Imagination

The basis of spiritual community is truth; the basis of emotional community is desire. The essence of spiritual community is light. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together “The red letters are the words of Jesus.” Told to me by my mother as a child When I was a young child, our church had a contest.  The firstContinue reading “Red-Letter Christians and the Prophetic Imagination”