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John Espy
June 10, 2018

The gifts of friends

Tish Warren’s topic this week is “Calling a Friend.”  Just now I was listening to a panel discussion on NPR about the suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.  When asked about the causes for the 30% increase in suicides from 1996 to 2016, Dr. Nadine Kaslow, former president of the American Psychological Assn. said: […]

June 3, 2018

40 years, stuck in traffic

A few months after my beloved grandfather died in 1975 I had a dream where I saw Jesus. I spent the next several years looking for people with whom I could explore my dream.  What I encountered was one of two reactions: people either nodded, said “Uh huh” and slowly backed away, or they got […]

May 11, 2018

Mindful Eating

I LOVE food! I love to cook! I love to eat! I love all kinds of food from Mexican to Chinese to leftovers to Italian!  There is virtually no food that I don’t like. I just don’t appreciate it. I inhale my food. A couple weeks ago I wrote about my estrangement from my body. […]

May 5, 2018

Honest, God really does love us!

My blog post a couple of weeks ago (Repentance is so hard!) was probably a better fit for this week’s topic of “lost keys” (mine was a lost Fitbit), but my point at that time was the revelation of unconscious ritual. In that entry I revealed how hard it is to replace unconscious habits with […]

April 27, 2018

Caring for the stranger

This thing keeps following me around. Everywhere I go, there it is. Every time I look in a mirror I am startled to see it, right there, this stranger looking back at me. This stranger is, of course, my body. I’ve been estranged from my body for most of my life. I didn’t do many […]

April 20, 2018

Repentance is So Hard!

A couple of weeks ago I misplaced my Fitbit. I was in a bit of a panic — how would I know how many steps I’d taken?  How would I know the quality of my sleep? How would I monitor my heart rate? It took me a couple of days to recall that I’d taken […]

April 13, 2018

Holy, holy, holy!

I’ve been retired just over 18 months. For a couple of years before I retired I started thinking and planning how I would spend my days in retirement. Rather than an end of my career I viewed it as the beginning of a new career, of what I was intended to do in this life, […]