Too Busy to Feel Alone

I have to confess to not being a newlywed, married for 35 years, but at times lately I have had some of those first-married insecurities. You see, over the first 32 or so years that Penny and I have spent together, we did most of our ministry together.

My Diet Plan

A week ago in this space, I confessed to my gluttonous ways. Over the past three weeks, I’ve succeeded in behaving myself, losing in excess of two pounds each week. I’m perfectly happy with weight loss at that pace, which will get me into an acceptable range before the year’s end and right where I want to be before the winter is well advanced.

Stand Out Among the Crowd

The first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles are not the most thrilling chapters in the Bible. The pages are filled with what we often refer to as the “begats” – so and so begat so-and-so who begat so-and-so and so on and so forth.

The 100% Achievement

Since I was telling about an underwhelming student yesterday, let me share with you a guy who has really delighted me. I didn’t get to see what sort of a goal this fellow would set since he was in my Composition II class instead of Comp I. Still, I’m confident that he sets goals.

Mediocre Is Failure

In my Composition I class, I ask each student to formulate a goal that can be achieved during the course of the semester. Each of the papers during the term will be based in some way on that goal, but my favorite part of this approach is to listen to the various goals that students concoct.

My Food Problem

If I were in a twelve-step program, it would be for overeating. My problem with food is simple: I like it way too much. Today, Penny and I had lunch at Pie Five, a restaurant we’d never visited before. I won’t say that their buffalo chicken pizza was the best pie I’ve ever eaten.

The Risk of Days Off

Yesterday I shared how I allowed two-plus years of great progress and discipline to be frittered away. After my top-of-the-stairs realization, I dropped more than sixty pounds. After a year of running regularly, I took on a half marathon, running Hospital Hill in 2014.