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April 1, 2020

Figure 1 Calvin gets another tiny friend.

Yesterday my wife and I spent the afternoon gardening. When we saw the sun shining, we couldn’t wait to change into gardening clothes and get outside. In the garden, we discovered young garlic shoots sprouting, some parsley that...

March 30, 2020

     A month ago, I got excited the night before we flew to Palm Springs, California, for a week in the desert sun. I was looking forward to hiking in the mountains. This evening I find myself excited because Walmart is opening at 6:00 AM for seniors; an hour before th...

March 26, 2020

     We are now on a Stay-at-Home order from the Governor. I feel anxious because I don’t know how long it will last. I feel safe not being exposed to catching the virus. I feel concerned about my three children in Chicago. I feel antsy not being able to get out, socia...

March 24, 2020

          As anyone who’s read my writing over the past few years knows, I am an anxious person in good times and in bad. It’s not a fault, it’s being consistent. COVID19 has ramped up my anxiousness a lot. In this brief message and the ones to follow, I will share a b...

March 24, 2020

     I am taking a break from the usual Overflow content for the next few months to focus on tips and ideas to maintain mental wellness. I will be sharing some of my experiences as well as thoughts from experts. I am calling the series “Thoughts by Myself.”


February 27, 2020

My High School Reunion

I graduated from high school over fifty years ago in 1969. There were seventeen of us in my class. It was so small because we all went to a seminary and thought we might want to become priests. Four of us became priests, including me, and two are...

February 7, 2020

“an overwhelming feeling of  reverence, admiration, wonder produced by that which is grand, sublime, powerful. . .” (www.Dictionary.com ). 

Joshua Tree National Park

My wife Mary and I traveled out west for a little sunshine and warmth during the last week of Januar...

January 17, 2020

     "Here's the secret: . . . We all have pain. All human beings, if they live long enough, have felt, or will feel the devastation of losing someone they love. Every single person has felt or will feel physical pain. Everybody has felt sadness, shame, anxiety, fear,...

December 18, 2019


I lived and worked with a team in Zimbabwe, Africa, from 1984 to 1989. We lived among the Tonga people to help them find ways out of their oppressive poverty and starvation.  When we went out to visit, their plight of disease and famine would hit us in the face...

December 6, 2019

It is so easy to take each breath or breathing for granted, yet it is the very essence of life. Breathing is effortless and doesn't require an annual subscription. As I grow older and realize I might be a bit out of shape, breathing becomes more front and center.

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