Clothing Crises

I’ve often heard people (typically women) say, “I don’t have a thing to wear!” Some even consider it a “clothing crisis”. But, far from really having nothing to wear, we open our closets and the big challenge is usually deciding what to wear because we have so much. Often, we forget how fortunate we are to have […]

Addition by Subtraction

The Salvation Army I went to a Salvation Army location, with a box of items that we no longer needed/used/loved. I pulled into the DONATION DROP OFF line and opened the trunk. A young man took the box—with washed and folded clothing, books that had been “outgrown”, household items that were unused, and a music box that […]

On the Teller Line

A woman, standing in a checkout line on the Friday after Thanksgiving, is mumbling about how “ridiculous these lines are”. By the time she gets to the register, she’s yelling at the (likely) minimum wage person moving as quickly as he can. The young man stops (just for a moment) and tries to regroup. He […]

The Present of Presence

It’s six days before Christmas. Emails regarding last-minute presents flood our in-boxes. Anyone we’ve ever purchased anything from has exactly what we need to finish our shopping! Mall parking lots are packed with cars. Stores have long lines. Frustrated, and sometimes frantic, consumers are trying to find: the right gift, the perfect gift, the gift that says, “yes I do pay […]

Thankful/Full of Thanks

Thankful: conscious of benefit received; pleased or grateful; glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists; relieved; aware and appreciative of a benefit благодарно, reconnaissant, אסיר תודה, grato, 감사한, riconoscente, agradecido,  感謝している, dankbaar, ευγνώμων, 感激 Depending on where you live “thankful” is not only expressed differently, it’s felt differently. Many of us have the privilege of being thankful for people who love us, […]