It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.” ~C.S. Lewis

I’ve run away from home.  My vacation had  officially started last Wednesday, yet weirdly enough my work colleagues and clients didn’t take me seriously when I said I didn’t want to be bothered.   My inbox and voicemail kept exploding with demands, pushing my poor frayed sanity levels well beyond last straw status.

So I decided to take myself off to the mountains and unplug for a bit in a place with spotty cell reception and where getting on line requires effort.  Especially if I forget to turn on my phone, whoops!  No ding, ding, ding notifications on a hiking trail, only crisp, clean air, the crunch of ground beneath my boots and breathtaking scenery accompanied by a symphony of birds songs and squirrels doing whatever it is they do so intently.

It’s a funny thing all the nonsense thoughts I allow to take control of my brain, which only  becomes obvious once I start trying to squash them.   Life holds many details, some of which are important, many of which are not and none of which we are meant to obsessively dwell on.

Work demands, the stupid things politicians do, a perceived irritated tone in a spouse’s voice, a waiter’s snotty attitude; all potential rabbit holes of stress and drama should you choose to let your mind hold on to such things  beyond what they deserve, say 30 seconds.

I call this banging gongs of superciliousness and getting beyond them takes real effort.  Once the noise subsides and the stillness kicks in though, clarity on life and its purpose begins to take focus.  Ironically, it’s only by slowing things down like this that the extraordinary energy of creation comes alive and we begin to see and hear what we are meant to.

A forest can reveal many things, not least of which is the on going process of renewal by pushing out what no longer works to make room for what does.  Shedding off old, dead parts so new growth can occur is a fact of life out there and something to be taken to heart.


Most of us hold on to things that keep us stuck.  Bad relationships, obsessive worrying, addictions, close mindedness, toxic thoughts, searching for value in all the wrong places; these things can lay deep roots in our hearts, and imprison the mind.

The pain of even acknowledging this, let alone cutting out such deadwood can be great, but it is essential to move from a life based on fear and lack to one motivated by love and abundance.

Some events of course are just soul crushing and almost too much to bear; Illness, abuse, the death of a loved one, depression, financial hardship; such things can cause so much emotional trauma that escape seems impossible.  A super human effort is needed here to shift thoughts away from misery and towards the unquestionable love that surrounds us; one that can make the impossible possible.

This type of love burrows deep in to the small cracks of the heart and brings hope, revealing a path of healing and growth.  Think of the tiny seed of a pine tree that lays in the darkness until touched by bits of sun and nutrients seeping through the dirt. Just as that seed will eventually transform in to a new, more extraordinary form of itself, so can a person dealt a crappy hand become a better, more resilient version of themselves.   Still the same, yet different.27011680_unknown

Running away from home to find peace of mind is not usually an option for most of us.  Luckily, it’s not the distance from problems that counts, but how we perceive and choose to react to them that does.  Empty platitudes will never win the game, but (to paraphrase), keeping the mind fixed on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and commendable will keep you connected to what really matters.

“Keep your face in the sun and you will never see the shadows.”~Helen Keller


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A Simple Sunset

I had a ridiculous day at work today, one so filled with bureaucratic double speak and nonsense, that I began to wonder if it was me that was the moron for merely getting out of bed.  A likely possibility.

After finally escaping that swampy atmosphere of sheer idiocy, I headed straight to the beach where God showed me once again how tiny those frustrating situations are in comparison to what He has to offer.

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Sunset at La Jolla Shores Beach

Thank you God for our beautiful world and the stunning scenery you provide just for our enjoyment.  Thank you too for the gentle and constant reminders to morons like myself on what truly matters.

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Justice Denied

I’m often asked how Donald Trump got elected.  Kate Steinle’s tragic and entirely preventable death at the hands of illegal immigrant Garcia Zarate is one very big reason. Thursday’s atrocious jury decision to acquit Zarate of homicide and charge him instead with “illegal possession of a firearm” is another.

YouTube video of Tucker Carlson’s November 30, 2017 broadcast on FOX News

The entire episode is a perfect example of the sheer brokenness of our immigration system, where serial deportees like Zarate face no consequences for entering the U.S. illegally and can come and go as they please due to lax enforcement at the border.

Garcia Zarate had been deported 5 times and been arrested for drug crimes and yet the sanctuary city he lived in (San Francisco) refused to turn him over to ICE as mandated by federal law.  Had they done so Kate Steinle would be alive today.

Everyone knows this is insane.  Everyone that is except the virtue signaling open borders crowd who turn a blind eye to derelicts like Zarate because they think it’s somehow compassionate. Yeah, tell that to the Steinle family.

Normal people are just so sick of all this. We know the system is broken, we know it favors criminals like Zarate over our safety, we know it discourages good immigrants who we do want here from coming and we know that heightened scrutiny of who we allow across our borders is smart policy.  This is all common sense stuff, yet to even bring up such concerns gets you labeled xenophobic and racist by the progressive elite and, frankly, by many on the clueless Right.

Donald Trump gets this and while I don’t care for his bull in a china shop way of communicating, he isn’t afraid to stand on principle here and enact badly needed immigration and border control reforms.  Traditional politicians on both the Left and Right seem incapable of grasping this and thus get shocked in to further stupidity when someone like Trump gets elected.  The longer they remain blinded by their own false self righteousness, the more likely it is that people like Donald Trump will win elections.  That is it in a nutshell.

Kate Steinle was a beautiful soon to be married 32 year old just at the cusp of life when she was killed.  Local authorities failed miserably in protecting her, as did our federal representatives in allowing a morally bankrupt and crumbling at the seams immigration system to reach this point of absurdity.

As the 80’s pop song says, we’re not gonna take it any more.

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A Poisonous Identity

Identity politics both fascinates and scares the crap out me.  I have a lot to say on the subject, but unfortunately too little time today to write up something worthy of your attention.  Instead I’ve copied parts of a recent Wall Street Journal article below outlining a speech given by Jonathan Haidt.  It’s outstanding and pinpoints exactly the corrupting influence of the movement. Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

I’m happy that I don’t to have work today.  So thankful too for the beautiful weather we’re having and the family and friends I get to enjoy it with.  And very appreciative of course of my fellow bloggers and commenters here, many who I consider friends; yes, even those that annoy the heck out of me when we disagree.

Most of all I am thankful to a loving God that makes all this possible. A God who fills our plates with plentiful food, our hearts with boundless love and who provides so many blessings we really don’t deserve.  He does it any way because He loves us.

Eat well, love hard and be grateful my friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Bill Clinton, Roy Moore and the Politics of Hypocrisy


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So the Left is having a cathartic come to Jesus moment over having stood by Bill Clinton all these years with eyes wide open to his sexual predator nature and the abhorrent treatment his accusers faced at the hands of Team Clinton.

Remember those fun  times?  A quote from  loyalist James Carville inferring Paula Jones was making up being sexual harassed by Bill in return for cash, pretty much sums up the disgustingness of it all.

“Drag a $100 bill through a trailer camp and there’s no telling what you will find”. Continue reading

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California’s War on the Poor

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Why does California hate poor people? More accurately, why does the CA State legislature continually pass bills that make it so expensive to live there? Even, worse, to address the inevitable poor results of their initial bad laws, they then mandate new regulations to fix the mess they created in the first place that usually screws things up even more.

Inept, unaccountable, politicians plus layer upon layer of ill conceived and economically illiterate policy has created a dysfunctional state government and enraged populace. Continue reading

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Good Boundaries Make Good People

“By this, the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son in to the world so that we might live through Him.” –1 John 4: 9

I read a truly awful news story  this morning on the sex trafficking of young children. We all know it goes on but it’s always shocking to me to hear the stories.  Just horrific stuff as you can imagine, of how sick and twisted minds indulge in their most deviant fantasies with the click of a mouse. Continue reading

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Battle of the Sexes

No, this isn’t a review of the new movie out about that infamous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, although I do hope to see it soon. It looks hilarious and who couldn’t use more laughter in their life right now.

Today’s topic is Harvey Weinstein and female oppression. Hold on guys, don’t leave the room, as this isn’t a male bashing hit piece either. While the whole pathetic Weinstein saga brings about several steaming piles of hypocrisy just begging for dissection, what intrigues me most is how far off track we’ve gotten when it comes to women’s oppression, because those words have lost their meaning. Continue reading

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Heart Wins the Game

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver spoke these words at the opening ceremony of the very first Special Olympics  in July of 1968 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.  The words eventually became the official motto of the Special Olympics and is duly recited at each event by eager athletes ready to compete.

I had the privilege of attending such an event today at the Special Olympics  Southern California County Regional Fall Games.  The day was hot, too hot to be playing outside, much less competing in rigorous sport and I was worried this would dampen enthusiasm or worse, cause medical issues.  Boy, was I mistaken, as these athletes were here to play and certainly weren’t going to let a little heat stand in their way!

Some takeaways from this spectacular day: Continue reading

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