The Core Principles

(This is part of a sermon originally titled “This is Where We Failed” delivered last Dec. 3, 2016 at the PAC Youth Sabbath) O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all … More The Core Principles

Huge Machines

There is a long road improvement project outside our neighborhood. The main road going to our street is blocked by a deep hole. While most pedestrians and drivers shake their heads in dismay over the traffic it causes, I stare in deep wonder at the construction work. Every time, this conversation happens: Adult Me: Oh … More Huge Machines

The Growing Seed

I remember the first time I was given the project to plant something. I bought an onion from the market. I got the huge white ones that we barely even use. The onion already had green shoots sprouting from the top so I got it almost free from the vegetable stand vendor. I don’t remember … More The Growing Seed


I ended the year silently the way I started it. No big trips like last year because I wanted to do that next year. No big surprises because I think I’m too old to be surprised by anything wrapped in cardboard and paper. I just let the year slide down the way the sun sets, … More Found


While 7 million people gathered to see, hear and experience the mass of the pope last Sunday, I escaped up the mountains. I had the perfect excuse.  I wanted to escape the human and vehicular traffic that was sure to plague the streets while at the same time, also escape the monotony of staying at … More Unchanging