When I was in high school, I worked for a local artist. Jean Woods was a painter who held classes for students and adults during the summer. My job was to help get the studio set up before lessons, cleaned up after lessons, help the students as needed and in general, do anything Mrs. Woods needed me to do.
And every afternoon, she needed me to paint canvases with gesso. Gesso is a white artist gel used to cover canvases and painting boards before you paint on them. If Mrs. Woods had used five or six canvases during the lesson and...more
In marriage, there is a complaint that is almost universal among wives…their husbands don’t talk to them. Yet, when I pull the husbands aside, they tell me they talk all of the time, but their wives don’t listen to them. What’s the problem? It’s a problem of context and styles. I know the conventional wisdom is that men don’t understand women (we don’t), but the reverse is also true:...more
I love history, especially military history, and of that, especially Civil War history. Whenever I read the stories of battles, I’m surprised at how much time is spent before the battle choosing the ground where the battle will be fought. Commanders try to maneuver their forces to make the enemy respond by moving their forces. Each move and counter move is made to take maximum advantage of the natural...more
For generations marriage was considered a social necessity. After all, marriage was seen as a way to domesticate men, who without wives to keep them at home would roam the streets at night getting into all kinds of trouble. I guess some still see marriage this way. I hope our understanding of marriage has developed over the years, but there’s a reality of marriage that hasn’t changed. Marriage is...more
In these times, it’s all about access. Do you have the password to gain access to the system? Do you have access to that important person or into that important organization? Our status is determined by who we access to and who has access to us. One of the great questions of human existence is “Does God Exist?” The follow up question is “If He does exist, how do...more