Compassion, Yes! Looting, No!

It warms your heart to see compassionate responses to disaster, whether it’s an individual’s personal tragedy or a crisis that’s citywide/statewide/nationwide or worldwide. In the beginning, help pours in: People volunteer their time and skills (Angel Flight is one for those who are pilots – scroll to choose your state). … Read more…

Every Good Work is God’s Work

People sometimes chide me for expending my writing talents on “worldly” topics instead of on God’s work. That stings a little but I may be the bearer of bad tidings: First, I don’t get paid for blog posts but other than that, writing is how I earn a living. It’s … Read more…

We Teach the Most by Example

To state the obvious, civility in the nation is rapidly evaporating in the heat of anger, misunderstanding and wrong-headed beliefs. We now have dozens of opportunities daily to teach adults as well as children that human kindness and respect are still alive in the land. But will we do it? … Read more…

Why I See the World the Way I Do

Had I grown up as a privileged child, my empathy for those suffering would have remained dormant, I’m sure. Instead, my siblings and I grew up poor. Furnishings were sparse in our rented housing. The one birthday party we hosted was a nightmare of embarrassment. I also endured the taunts … Read more…

Saving the World and People from Hell

If we don’t look too closely, we live on an incredibly beautiful planet at an utterly amazing time in its history. We are particularly spoiled by the plethora of gadgets and devices, such as the world has never seen – at least to our knowledge. We may yet be surprised … Read more…

Most People Are Amazing!

Even in the middle of swirling chaos, our world is full of amazingly kind people. Their overflowing hearts are so huge they come close to crushing the actions of jerks, idiots, and the flat-out evil people. Big-hearted folks can’t completely neutralize the horrible things perverts do to other people, God’s … Read more…

Everyone is Doing Some Good in the World

Well, almost everyone is doing some good in the world, just by being in it.  This earth needs caretakers, of its inhabitants and of their environment. The psychopaths, sociopaths, and other truly disturbed folks are the exception, of course, as with everything else. Even then the worm in the apple doesn’t … Read more…

Shropshire Music Foundation

How did a young, single, female music teacher from Los Angeles, who was planning a backpacking trip to Austria for a month, end up instead in a Kosovo Refugee Camp in 1999? In April 1999 Liz Shropshire heard an NPR report about the refugees from war-torn Kosovo who were leaving … Read more…

Bless Our Volunteers!

Picture a crying child being comforted with a teddy bear, food, a bath and clean clothes. After the teddy bear, something to eat first – almost always a bite to eat first or juice to drink – unless he is too terrified to eat or needs immediate medical attention after … Read more…

Operation Underground Railroad

While almost all of us in the United States often take our freedom for granted, millions don’t have that blessing in their lives. These are men, women, and especially children, and even include some 60,000 living in this nation. Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) rescues and rehabilitates enslaved children across the … Read more…