Some Thoughts on Voting

Every year we approach the polls with some sense of self-responsibility, sometimes in a selfish way.  We do our best to research the candidates, the tax levies, the state law measures and in the end, we will inevitably ask ourselves. “How will this vote affect me?” This question is asked while worrying about a tax … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Voting

It’s Not About The Brand

Recommended that you start with essay: Wearing Responsibility I have been asked to share which brands of clothing I wear and would recommend a person purchase. So if you want to know the brands I wear, go ahead and skip the next section. But please know that the brand is not what is important to me. … Continue reading It’s Not About The Brand

Before Buying.

Before purchasing any new item, I ask myself a series of questions and practice limitations to ensure I do not purchase anything I do not need. If by the end of this you think “holy golden calf, this all seems ridiculous” you might be correct. However, there might be some aspects of my thought process … Continue reading Before Buying.

Wearing Responsibility

“We are not a voice for the voiceless. The truth is that there is a lot of noise out there drowning out quiet voices, and many people have stopped listening to the cries of our neighbors.”  -Shane Claiborne New York City. March 25, 1911 Over 146 garment workers perished of fire, smoke inhalation or jumping … Continue reading Wearing Responsibility

A Definition of Spirituality

Spirituality is the connection and practice of a person’s values and beliefs. I work, however woefully, to ensure that all of my actions, purchases, and words are in line with my values. Our actions are an extension of what we value and our beliefs are evident in how we act.   For example, I value … Continue reading A Definition of Spirituality

Spirituality of Spending

Everything is spiritual, even our spending. What we buy, how we buy it, when we buy it, how impulsively we buy it all pertains to our spiritual life.  A person made the thing, grew the thing, sewed the thing, transported the thing everything we purchase is not limited to the store. I have come to … Continue reading Spirituality of Spending

Just sit with me.

I imagine that this sort of thing happened with Jesus and his disciples: One day Jesus and his disciples were walking a dirt road toward Jerusalem. Seeing a nice plain Jesus stops and says, “Let’s sit. I have a lesson I wish to teach you.”  After being seated Peter asks, “Lord, what is the lesson … Continue reading Just sit with me.