God Amid Trauma

The relationship between God and trauma has been a topic of conversation between my friends and I for several years.  A natural response to trauma is for us to question, “Why?” I recently listened to Kate Braestrup’s podcast, Presence in the Wild.    Kate works with law enforcement to bring comfort to grieving families and law […]

The Benefits of Growing Gratitude

Isn’t it true that often the motivation to feel gratitude is brought on by an experience of what we could have lost, or saved, healed, or survived?  We are most generous with our gratitude right after some type of deliverance or provision.  Thanksgiving and the practice of consistent and daily gratitude in our lives can […]


Thanksgiving – a day when many gather to share an elaborate feast and reflect on the blessings of family and friends.  For some, it means watching larger than life balloons float down the streets of New York.  Still others look forward to football and recliners and naps.  There are, of course, those who use the […]

Join in the Great Thanksgiving Listen

Your Thanksgiving Gathering can be a Gift to America: Join in the “Great Thanksgiving Listen” Our conversations with each other at holiday gatherings can be tense. Sometimes those interactions become heated. This year we have an opportunity to focus our conversations differently. All Americans are invited to join in the second annual “Great Thanksgiving Listen” […]

Snowpocalypse? – Embrace the Change

We live in South Dakota.  Changing seasons are inevitable.  The first snow is upon us and we’ve gone from 60 (degrees) to freezing overnight, from tennis shoes to snow boots, from jackets to parka’s, from soccer balls to snow balls and lawn mowers to snow blowers.  If this has you feeling anxious and angry, here […]

Send Mr. Trump a Letter

  Since the election, parents across the political spectrum have told us their children are asking, “Why did someone who says mean things become president?” They weren’t sure how to respond to this question. We are taught from the time we are in preschool to have good manners: Treat others the way you want to […]