When I decided to semi-retire from teaching at Ohio Dominican last May, I gathered advice from retired friends.  I heard, establish a daily routine and don’t make any major volunteer commitments for a year as you discover a new rhythm.  So, I eased into retirement by teaching just two courses last fall semester, volunteered for two months in San Antonio Texas this winter and arrived home in mid-March just in time to shelter in place! 

In the spirit of establishing a routine, I start my day around 7:30am with a half hour of centering prayer.  I...

Last evening Ila had a softball game at Whetstone.  Not long into the game the sky darkened, the wind picked up, and it looked like it might pour.  Instead there was some distant thunder, a light rain, and a brilliant rainbow appearing across the eastern sky.  And the game went on.  The picture below was taken by Tom Blosser at his home, a few miles up the road.

A parable:

The kingdom of God is like this:

Children gathered to play a game in the park, surrounded by their parents.  During the game, a great storm began to brew.  But it soon transformed into a beautiful...

As I was reading the latest edition of The Mennonite which describes the selection process for our new hymnal Voices Together as well as the part music has played in the lives and congregations of various contributors, I thought back to some of the hymns that have been so significant in my life.  Grandpa Soldner always wanted the family to sing “To God Be the Glory” when we were together.  At Hartzler gatherings Grandpa asked that we join hands and sing “Bless Be the Tie That Binds” before we departed on the long journey home.  “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” was sung at...

It’s 8:00 AM, July 9, the day I’m actually writing this and I’m re-remembering the dream I awakened to just after 4:00 this morning.

In my dream I was walking around the outside of the storefront location of Columbus Mennonite Church. It was our second storefront since we’d left the Neil Avenue location near OSU and both of the storefront locations were in an old-fashioned outdoor shopping center, where the store’s expansive glass fronts a poorly-lit open, but weather-sheltered mallway.

The fluorescent-lighted 60’ x 60...

I climbed up the tree bark.       

This is a swamp.  It’s same as Swamp Thing, Ghost Whisperer.

Mario and Jon