Giving a person hope.

I struggle with giving gifts. It’s not about the cost. For the people we love, we can find the resources. It’s about discovering what people actually want, tempered by what people actually need. A few years ago, our immediate family switched from gifts to gift cards, and then started having a treasure hunt for the […]

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I can’t wait.

A reflection from Rich Dixon which about the heart of Advent. +++ I told Jon a couple of weeks ago I was excited about his new Advent book. We ordered copies for friends and I wrote, “I can’t wait to get started.” I thought “I can’t wait” meant “I’m excited,” so I smiled at Jon’s reply. “You […]

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Thank you. That’s all.

I work at a hospital. In the course of a day, I have lots of conversations with lots of people. Patients, families, coworkers. Your days may be the same. Many of the conversations with coworkers are simple. “Do you know where coworker X is?” “How’s the afternoon going?” “Where are you going next?” Some of […]

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A prayer for the first Sunday of Advent.

God. We are on this journey of Advent in a year that feels really rough. It’s not the worst year ever. We know that objectively. But when our ways of working and living and interacting have been disrupted, it’s hard to know where to stand, what to trust, what to assume will stay constant. And […]

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Design limits

A reflection from Rich Dixon which s helpful for black Friday. +++ Woodward Company is an international industrial design firm based in my Colorado hometown. Their original flagship product was “governors,” sophisticated controls that constrain an engine’s speed. An engine governor feels like a buzzkill. Why should some engineer get to limit my freedom and decide […]

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