salt and light

“John Coltrane is sometimes described as one of jazz’s most influential musicians, but one is hard put to find followers who actually play in his style. Rather, he is influential by example, inspiring musicians to experiment, take chances, and devote themselves to their craft.” ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi (from Pandora) This just makes me think: … More salt and light

natural prejudice

whether we know it or not, whether we want to admit it or not, each of us has prejudices. preconceived notions about others based on one facet of their complex existence. for example, some white folks would see me walking with my niece and nephew and assume that i’m a single mother, probably on welfare. … More natural prejudice

come to me

“are you tired? worn out? burned out on religion? come to me. get away with me and you’ll recover your life. i’ll show you how to take a real rest. walk with me and work with me—watch how i do it. learn the unforced rhythms of grace. i won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on … More come to me

speak those things

i’ve been listening to AM radio broadcasts for the past few days now. i’ve had sparky (my car) for two years, but this is the first time i’ve ever really done that. the station (1240 in raleigh) has pretty good sermons, talks and programming. today on the way home, i heard someone say: “jesus wasn’t … More speak those things

they that wait

in spanish, there is one word that represents to wait, to hope and to expect: esperar. in other words, if you want to say, “i am waiting for you,” you would say, “te espero.” if you want to say, “i hope you come,” you would say, “espero que vengas.” if you want to say, “i’m expecting a … More they that wait

teaching about banks

i decided to focus on everyday places for this session of ESL. each class, we’ve covered experiences in everyday places like the workplace (and jobs), the bank, restaurants, etc. for the bank lesson, i created an illustration. in it, a man got paid cash, thought about depositing his money into a bank, but decided against … More teaching about banks

old habits die hard

sometimes you do something for so long that you begin to associate it with yourself…with, i suppose, part of the fabric of who you are. even when this habit is bad for you, even when you know better than doing it, even when its effects are detrimental to you, even when you dont want to … More old habits die hard