Helping People: A Guide to Collaborative Conversations

arguing-couple“People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.”  — Blaise Pascal

Whether you are a “professional” helper or just want to learn how to be more effective in your conversational connection with others, the concepts of Motivational Interviewing can help you frame your words.  The concept was developed by Drs. William Miller and Stephen Rollnick and outlined in their book by the title Motivational Interviewing.  Here is a very brief guide to the fundamentals of helping people change: Continue reading “Helping People: A Guide to Collaborative Conversations”


Why Care About Homelessness?

NHHAW-FACEBOOK-SIZE-1200-300x300This week is the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in the U.S. but with so many tragedies and problems to solve in our world today, why should I care about the homeless? Here are my reasons:

(1.) Caring about homelessness will make you happy.  Really?

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“There is only one problem on which all my existence, my peace, and my happiness depend: to discover myself in discovering God.  If I find Him I will find myself and if I find my true self I will find Him.” – Thomas Merton

For some reason, I was hesitant to read this book.  It was recommended to me by a friend and mentor after I explained to him that I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life.  I admitted that I was sort of lost. I had just closed one long chapter of my life and was opening a new chapter that no one else had written for me.  I waited for some direction, some pearls of wisdom from one who had navigated these shallows years before with apparent skill. Continue reading “Doing Who You Are: A Helpful Guide to Happiness in What you Do”

A Letter To A Young Soldier on Veteran’s Day


Dear Soldier, Sailor, or Airman,

Thank you for choosing to serve in the military of our nation. This Veteran’s Day, I want you to know you are appreciated. You may have chosen the military as a career.  You may have been forced in by various circumstances in your life. But now, whether by choice or no, you are a part of a unique culture.  Whether you feel like it or not, you are now a member of a brotherhood of warriors. There are some things to know and reflect upon on this day of remembrance. Continue reading “A Letter To A Young Soldier on Veteran’s Day”


If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!”  

Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.”  

No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!” (The Gospel of Mark 9:22b-24, The Message version)

I think of myself as a ‘believer’, but the majority of the time, to be honest, I doubt. When I even get the courage or faith or remember to come to Jesus with my “issues”, I tend to do it with a lot of doubts. Here Jesus corrects a father’s thinking. He comes to Jesus because he must think that Jesus

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