join us to be enlightened and inspired by ordinary folks who model how to best live lives of significance.

join us to be enlightened and inspired by ordinary folks who model how to best live lives of significance.

The Sound of Silence, Part 1

The other day, I was in a medical office waiting room.  On my left was a woman older than me with a cell phone featuring an old-fashioned ring (you know the one: DING-A-LING-A-LING-A-LING-A-LING…) Apparently, the woman has many more friends than I do, because her phone rang loudly and incessantly, and she answered each one in a normal, conversational tone.  I was trying to read a book on the history ...

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Faulty Preconceptions

We were asked an interesting question in one of my Seminary classes this week:  “What biases or presuppositions do you bring into any encounter with others? How can we learn from others without interjecting our own interpretations into the process?” I readily admitted to being a language snob.  I am an English major, and particular grammatical errors ring loudly in my ears.  It is difficult not to prejudge someone on the ...

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Godspeed, Trey Gowdy!

There are few politicians that I can say I truly respect.  Perhaps Trey Gowdy is one of them because he doesn’t even consider himself a politician: the judicial system, he says “fits his heart better.”  After nearly eight years serving as a representative for South Carolina, he has announced that he will not be returning. Selfishly, am sorry to see him go.  He is one of the few representatives who seems ...

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89-Year-Old Man Tutors Math Students For Free

I recently had the privilege of meeting Dr. Mahendra Jain, an eighty-nine year old retired professor, who has chosen to spend his golden years tutoring students in math. Jain was born in a small Indian village, and immigrated to the United States after teaching for 17 years in India.  With both his masters and a PhD, he taught as a professor for 31 years.  “I didn’t really have any other hobbies ...

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Welcome to Lessons from Living

Welcome to Lessons From Living!  I am so excited you have joined us.  I want to begin by letting you know the purpose behind this website, blog and podcast. I have become increasingly saddened by the way we talk to each other in this country, and the subject matter that we tend to focus upon.  Maybe you have noticed this, as well? One of my favorite verses is Phillipians 4:8: Whatever ...

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