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”

Managing Life’s Demands

Ann was one of three children, and perhaps more than any of them, she always felt a special attachment to her mother. As time went on, Ann’s brother and sister moved away, and Ann became the go-to person for her parents. Ann and her family always were there with her parents during the holidays. IfContinue reading “Managing Life’s Demands”

Response-Ability

I recently have been helping to organize a fundraising activity for a nonprofit organization. Needing answers about local regulatory requirements, I’ve had to call municipal and county government offices. In one situation, the person who could answer my question was never in his office, and he wouldn’t return my calls. In another, I was bouncedContinue reading “Response-Ability”

Life-Altering Fallacies and How You Can Avoid Them: Self-Esteem (Part 1)

I found the parish DRE* (Director or Religious Education) downstairs in the church hall. I wanted to pitch an idea to her about getting parents more involved with the spiritual education of their kids. I explained that once a month we would bring the parents into the classroom and let them work directly with theirContinue reading “Life-Altering Fallacies and How You Can Avoid Them: Self-Esteem (Part 1)”