My Favorite Fishing Hole

My Favorite Fishing Hole

Do you like to fish?  Yes? No? Sort of? Seems the people I know who like to fish are extremely passionate about it while the rest of crowd is indifferent or, at the very least, confine their fishing to memories with a parent or grandparent. Many families have a photo...
A Young Fisherman’s Tale

A Young Fisherman’s Tale

My dad would always take me to Shady Lakes, an amateur’s playground if you will- enclosed ponds to fish in, but still for a 5-year-old, the world was my pond. One summer my dad managed to convince my mom to come with us, a whole family outing, but we had no idea what...
You’re Not Alone

You’re Not Alone

A while ago, I met a youth during a weekly pastoral visit to a hospital. When I entered her room, it saddened me to see her so thin. Her face clearly communicated the anguish and pain she was suffering. After greeting me and introducing herself, she started to cry....
What’s in your backpack?

What’s in your backpack?

I have zero interest in backpacking, but a few years ago an interview with an avid backpacker caught my attention. She explained that if you want to know what a backpacker fears, all you need to do is look inside her backpack because it’s what she fears that will...
March Madness

March Madness

Here we are, right smack in the middle of the month of March. Doesn’t it seem March has a hard time deciding what it wants to be? I guess that’s why it earned the slogan, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” I can just hear March talking to itself, “Am I still winter?” ...
Revelations in the mundane

Revelations in the mundane

I have been climbing now since June. The action of climbing a route requires strength, perseverance, critical thinking and trust in oneself; three of which I started this process with. Can you guess which one I didn’t have? It was probably the most foundational piece,...