A Country Bumpkin Goes to the Big City

My first job after college was in a large Midwestern, metropolitan area. When I changed jobs and moved back to Indiana, I immediately recognized three differences: (1) less traffic, (2) a slower pace of living, and (3) that people would look you in the eye and say “hello.” This last quality was the most surprising.Continue reading “A Country Bumpkin Goes to the Big City”

Can You Hear What I Say?

It’s disconcerting to me how I can take my surroundings and the people I know for granted. It’s not necessarily that I’m self-centered, although sometimes I am. It’s that I have, like everyone else, a tendency to habituate to the people and things I know well. As a result, we become less sensitive to them.Continue reading “Can You Hear What I Say?”

Love Story

The 1970 movie, Love Story, produced a memorable catchphrase: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” While that line had its day, many people have rightly criticized this statement. Never telling someone you’re sorry when you mess up is a sure way to kill a relationship. Love moves us to express regret when weContinue reading “Love Story”