Presence: Experiencing God Each And Every Day

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By Rick Kohut
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Presence- Evening musings of where I experienced God in the midst of my day to day living.
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#22 - Christ Through Titanium
Did you know that the coloring which makes a page of a book appear white is made of titanium dioxide? Indeed it is! Listen and learn more about how titanium is in many things around us even if we don't always realize this fact. Similarly, Christ is seen through all which is - if we have the ways to see and to identify God's Presence as Christ.
10:06
November 29, 2019
November 29, 2019
00:59
November 29, 2019
#90 -Year 2- Presence in "Stand By Me" on The Day of Prayer and Service
It's All Saints Day and my celebration of this holy day was framed by a special song - the late Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." It's a good song for this day as the saints are our extended family who are standing by us in deeply mysterious and significant ways.
16:41
November 2, 2019
#89 - Year 2 - Presence in 5 Senses as I Say Goodbye to Outside Prayer
What do you see right now? Hear? Smell? Feel? Taste? And what do each of these sensations reveal to you about the Presence of Christ? Join me as I reflect about preparation to move my prayer materials and prayer time inside as the season changes.
14:08
October 26, 2019
#88 -Year 2- Presence in My Student's Preaching #4
I worship with a hospitable congregation and hear one of my girl students preach the sermon of the day. It's my 4th time worshiping here and I feel the welcoming Presence of Christ.
14:40
September 23, 2019
#21 Christ Through Scanduim
The element scanduim is a component of the brightest light bulbs we see in parking lots and elsewhere. At the heart of all creation is Christ who became incarnate within creation and thus became a part of all matter from the subatomic to the cosmic. Like scanduim in the light we see, Christ is present in all we see - from quarks all the way up to stars and galaxies.
13:11
September 21, 2019
Atomic #20 - Christ Through Calcium
When we think of calcium and the human body bones and milk come to mind. But calcium is even more important at the cellular level and the regulation of important bodily functions. Christ is also found at the depths of everything vital for life as in Christ "we live and move and have our being."
11:40
August 12, 2019
Atomic #19 - Christ Through Potassium
Potassium, atomic symbol K, is essential to the basic functioning of your body. It also was likely integral to the emergence of life on Earth. Christ, like K as it hits H2O, explodes into creation not by going up to the heavens, but by descending into humanity and the experience of being alive in flesh and bone.
11:53
August 9, 2019
Barmen Today -Commitment to Equality and Dignity - Background and Intro
A Washington Post article today quoting words against racism from a Catholic archbishop and words from a Baptist reverend saying Donald Trump isn't racist illustrate the division in how Christians are responding to recent violent, hate filled shootings and "tweet-storms." This episode begins reflection on "Barmen Today: A Contemporary Contemplative Declaration." Find out more at EdTechEmergent.Wordpress.com
16:21
August 7, 2019
Atomic #18 - Christ Through Argon
Argon, a noble gas is inert and inactive and thus is useful in various ways. Some think that God is inactive and uninvolved in the world. But Christ shows us that God is here and now. NEW - checkout EdTechEmergent.Word press.com for more info on this and other episodes.
11:11
August 7, 2019
#87 -Year 2- Presence in American Gun Troubles, Irish Fest and Made for Better
I recorded this episode at the Dublin (Ohio) Irish Festival after celebrating mass with our Bishop Robert Brennan. My heart is heavy and I'm angry too after 20 were killed by an American terrorist in El Paso yesterday and 9 murdered early this morning in Dayton - 90 minutes from here. I talked with a Northern Irish author and am struck by how this form of domestic terrorism we are facing isn't too different than what he grew up with in Belfast. Any yet I am encouraged by the refrain from Bishop Brennan's homily - We are made for better than this. God is here and ready to empower us to support life by enacting common sense gun laws. We pray for those lost and also MUST work to end this violence. There are solutions if we but have the courage to stand up and enact them.
10:42
August 4, 2019
Atomic #16 - Christ Through Chlorine
Cholorine gas kills in a horrific way. Yet chlorine, in small amounts, purifies our drinking water is a useful disinfectant. Is God vengeful and destructive? Or is God - Love? Christ incarnated in Jesus of Nazareth firmly shows us who God is and how God is life-saving and live-giving.
10:49
July 29, 2019
#86 -Year 2-Presence in an Undeveloped Park and the Wood Wide Web
I hike in a track of public land which isn't yet a designated park and I reflect on the ways that the trees and the entire woods is connected under the earth. Words from the new book "Underlands" come to mind as I experience Christ in this place and time.
11:34
July 24, 2019
Atomic #16 - Christ Through Sulfur
"This stinks!" is what we say when surprised by the pungent rotten egg smell of sulfur. We are also surprised by the parables told by Jesus the Christ about the coming Reign of God. And we are challenged to see that stinky sulfur has important uses within our world.
10:05
July 23, 2019
#85 -Year 2- Presence in the Great Story of Stranger Things
NO Spoilers for the series in this episode! I finish all three seasons of Stranger Things and am awed and moved by how great and soulful the story telling is. God is always Present in a well told and moving story.
10:43
July 17, 2019
#84 -Year 2- Presence in Mysticism and is Jimmy Buffet a Great Man?
I am struck my two conversations I had last Thursday which took place hours apart and just a few store fronts from each other. The second was a talk about Jimmy Buffet and his "greatness" while the first was about the great mystics of the Church. Are you a mystic? Are you a "parrothead?" How is Christ present in the midst of this contrast?
14:05
July 15, 2019
#83 -Year 2- Presence in the Migrant Detention Center Candlelight Vigil
My son and I gathered with 175 others on the evening of the Lights for Liberty action. We gathered for talk, song and prayer at the Mount Gillead, Morrow County Ohio jail where about two dozen migrants are being detained. I witnessed, from a small distance, some of those men reaching out to us from behind the windows. They are "the little ones" to whom the Hebrew prophets and Jesus himself tell us to provide special care.
12:44
July 13, 2019
Atomic #15 - Christ Through Phosphorus
There are three kinds of phosphorus - the deadly white, the rare and useless black and the red form used in matches to ignite. It is also the key element needed for plants to grow. Christ came to bring light and flame and growth to the world. And there are many forms of his followers - some who are toxic and use his name for bigotry and violence, those with a benign faith that never leaves the church building and those whose hearts are burning and ignited as they bring Christ's Love to the world.
13:05
July 11, 2019
Atomic #14 - Christ Through Silicon
What was Jesus the Christ's first commandment as told in the first written Gospel (of Mark?) Was it to "repent" or to "change your heart?" And is it silicon or silicone? Is there even a difference between these?
09:53
July 7, 2019
#82 -Year 2- Presence in Protesting to #ClosetheCamps
The US Inspector General for the Dept of Homeland Security today said the migrant detention centers the US is running at the border are a "ticking time bomb" Yesterday my son and I attended two rallies asking US Representatives to immediately improve the conditions of these camps and to ultimately #closethecamps. I experienced God's presence in at least two people that I spoke with at these rallies.
17:16
July 3, 2019
#81 -Year 2- Presence in Serving and Being Served
I am working this summer with a temp agency and also delivering with a food delivery company. In both of these job roles I am a servant. On Sunday afternoon I worked serving a bridal shower and then was served at my daughter's dance banquet.
13:34
July 2, 2019
Atomic #13 - Christ Through Aluminum
What of the greatest value? Gold? Silver? Or Aluminum? It all depends on your perspective. How do we know when we are hearing the voice of God? And what are the marks of a healthy, life giving religion? Ponder these questions and more in this episode.
12:03
June 29, 2019
Atomic #12 - Christ Through Magnesium
We arrive at "the first of the truly marvelous structural metal" which is also highly explosive 🎆 in small amounts. Is Christ 💥 and loud or a "still small voice" like the one Elijah heard when he waited in the cave?
12:08
June 23, 2019
Atomic #11 - Christ Through Sodium
Sodium is a remarkably contradictory element. In its pure form, when combined with water, it violently explodes. Yet, when combined with chlorine, it makes table salt - which is necessary for life. Jesus the Christ was also contradictory in surprising ways too.
10:25
June 21, 2019
Atomic #10 - Christ Through Neon
"I am the charge and you are the neon-filled tube" is what Jesus might say to us today. Please listen and discover how this noble gas becomes beautiful with just a charge of electricity.
10:24
June 18, 2019
Atomic #9 - Christ Through Fluorine
Fluorine is one of the most reactive gases. Yet when it is bonded with one or more other events, it makes quite stable compounds - including one of the most famous item you'll find in your kitchen or winter coat. Jesus the Christ, although he had great power was responsive rather than reactive.
15:08
June 17, 2019
Atomic #8 - Christ Through Oxygen
The most common element on earth is also the one which fuels the life on earth. For what are humans fueled? For what does Christ fuel all of creation?
15:33
June 16, 2019
Atomic #7 -Christ Through Nitrogen
Squeezed between carbon (#6) and oxygen (#8) the importance of nitrogen might seem minimal. Until you realize that plants need nitrogen to grow. And it is the Presence of Christ in creation which brings about all growth and development.
09:27
June 15, 2019
Atomic #6 - Christ Through Carbon
In this episode find out why carbon is the "most important element of life, PERIOD" and how it is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well as Frankenstein's monster. Listen to an inspiring quote by Mirabai Starr and hear how the Incarnation of Jesus the Christ is all about carbon.
12:03
June 14, 2019
Atomic #5 - Christ Through Boron
Boron is best known for being a laundry aid and an ant-killer, but did you know that a crystal it forms with nitrogen might be stronger and harder than a diamond? And yet it is also a key component of a very familiar soft and bendy "toy." Listen and learn how this under appreciated element reveals a key aspect of Jesus the Christ.
11:03
June 14, 2019
#80 -Year 2- Presence in a Long Distance Fellow Traveller
I sat on my porch yesterday afternoon and enjoyed a conversation with a friend in the same 12 Step fellowship. We sat in silence together (via the phone) for a while and I felt God's Presence in the connection we shared. 🕊
13:54
June 13, 2019
Atomic #4 - Christ Through Beryllium
Just like the light metal beryllium and its mineral form beryl, Jesus the Christ was both strong and alluring. How was Jesus the Christ allurring and what beautiful gemstones come from Beryl? Please listen and learn!
10:33
June 12, 2019
Atomic #3 - Christ Through Lithium
This soft, light metal which floats on water powers most of our modern batteries. Lithium also gives great comfort to those who struggle with bi-polar disorder. Immortalized by the song "Lithium" by Nirvana this element shows us Christ in its healing, comforting power.
11:23
June 11, 2019
# 79 -Year 2- Presence in the Start of the Women's World Cup 2019
It' another World Cup Summer - this time it's the women who are competing in France. I love The Beautiful Game and experience Christ's Presence through it in so many ways!
12:18
June 11, 2019
Atomic #2 - Christ Through Helium
When you think of helium what comes to mind? Balloons? Blimps? But do you know from where it gets its name? Or where it comes from? Find out these things and how we can learn about and experience Christ through helium.
09:03
June 9, 2019
Atomic #1 - Christ Through Hydrogen
This is the first episode of my new podcast Christ Through the Elements. I will walk in order through the Periodic Table and share about each element and how I believe we can experience Christ through pondering and experiencing that element. Let's begin with the lightest element which make up 75% of the visible universe!
13:20
June 9, 2019
# 78 -Year 2- Presence in Returning & Beginning Again
I've not recorded an episode since Holy Thursday and I'm feeling moved to return to creating this podcast. It's Pentecost Eve and it feels like the right time to begin again. Thanks for returning with me!
13:05
June 9, 2019
# 77 -Year 2- Presence in Holy Thursday Feet Washing
In this first reflection on the meaning of Holy (or Maundy) Thursday I wonder - What would it be like if Christians followed Jesus' clear example and washed each others feet during every mass or time of worship?
09:39
April 18, 2019
# 76 -Year 2- Presence in Holy Tuesday & Spy Wednesday Gospels
The gospel a for mass on Holy Tuesday and Spy (Holy) Wednesday both take place at the Last Supper as Jesus acknowledges that one of his friends will deny him and another will betray him. When have you experienced either denial or betrayal from a friend?
05:23
April 18, 2019
# 75 -Year 2- Presence in the Holy Monday Gospel
I reflect on the liturgical gospel for Monday - the heartfelt story of Mary of Bethany anointing Jesus' feet with perfume.
08:46
April 16, 2019
# 74 -Year 2- Presence in Holy Week Invitations
It's Holy Week 2019 and I am pondering these questions about Christ's Passion proclaimed in mass on Palm Sunday. How does this story sink into my bones? How does this story break my heart? How does this story blow my mind? This is the first post in my special Holy Week series.
07:28
April 15, 2019
# 73 -Year 2- Presence in Taking the Piggies to the Vet
It was time to take my two guinea pigs - Buzz and Chopper - to the vet for a check up. The care and kindness felt during the visit was a revelation of Christ's Presence.
07:13
March 28, 2019
# 72 -Year 2- Presence in the Novel "The Wall" Conclusion
I conclude my reflection on the novel "The Wall" by John Lanchester. PARTIAL SPOILER ALERT
11:44
March 27, 2019
# 71 -Year 2- Presence in a Novel - "The Wall"
I am 2/3 the way through a novel which is a both a commentary on our current times and a warning of a possible future. Listen as I read three short passages from "The Wall" by John Lanchester (No book story spoilers in this episode)
13:45
March 26, 2019
# 70 -Year 2- Presence in Meditating at the Dentist's Office
I have a crown installed today by my dentist. Rather than sliding rapidly in anxiety as the dentist is drilling and grinding, I listen to music on my earbuds, close my eyes and focus on my breath. This simple mindful practice makes all of the difference for me.
06:03
March 26, 2019
# 69 -Year 2- Presence in Talking w/ My Daughter
I drove my 15 yr old daughter home from a friend's house and we talked for a bit. Nothing major - just a nice moment of unexpected connection.
07:02
March 23, 2019
# 68 -Year 2- Presence in the Blessing of the Worms
I have begun a project vermicompsoting with worms in my classroom. Yesterday our Deacon came for a brief and quite lovely prayer service of blessing these little creatures.
06:41
March 21, 2019
# 67 -Year 2- Presence in 10 Moments
It's my first episode after my revised format. I reflect over the past few day and share 10 moments in which I experienced the closeness of Christ's Presence.
06:59
March 20, 2019
# 66 -Year 2- Presence in Changes
I am back after a few days of hiatus. Please listen to hear the changes that I'm bringing to the podcast going forward. And hear why I'm now beginning with "Let us remember we are always and everywhere in the holy presence of Christ"
11:00
March 17, 2019
# 65 -Year 2- Presence in Hand Writing, Daylight and Kindness
I am behind in my record so I'm catching up here by reflecting on Friday to Sunday. It's a busy, 1 hour shorter weekend and yet one in which I experienced Gods Presence.
09:02
March 11, 2019
# 64 -Year 2- Presence in Soulful Conversation with a Fellow Traveler
I am moved by a meaning-full conversation with a new friend also in recovery.
14:19
March 9, 2019
# 63 -Year 2- Presence in Ash Wednesday
I begin my Ken ten Journey by praying, fasting and giving. And I hear a challenging, prophetic homily during mass.
14:43
March 7, 2019
# 62 -Year 2- Presence in Hopepunk & "Alice Isn't Dead" Podcast
On the last day before Lent I reflect on the radical hope which resists the despair of grimdark. I find deep hopepunk themes in the podcast "Alice Isn't Dead" which has gripped me lately.
14:15
March 7, 2019
# 61 -Year 2- Presence in the Earlier Sunrise
I notice that the sun is rising now at 7 am - right as I am leaving for work.
09:36
March 6, 2019
# 60 -Year 2- Presence in Caring For My Dress Shirts
It was time to wash my dress shirts which I wear everyday to teach in. I feel God near in this care-full ritual.
10:16
March 5, 2019
# 59 -Year 2- Presence in the Noosphere
I am thinking about big things like Teilhard deChardin's understanding of the noosphere and I discover a TED Talk which is all about it.
11:36
March 4, 2019
# 58 -Year 2- Presence in Power School & Ear Surgery
I don't have school as my colleagues learn how to use Power School for next year. Simultaneously my wife was with our daughter as she had surgery to have tubes put into hear ears.
13:16
March 2, 2019
# 57 -Year 2- Presence in the Flying Spaghetti Monster
I give a quiz and only one student catches a little "Easter egg" I put in it regarding the object of worship by the small, mysterious sect known as the Pastafarians.
14:34
March 1, 2019
# 56 -Year 2- Presence in the Diversity Club's Celebration of Heritage
I am warmed on a pivotal day nationally and internationally by the celebration of the diversity of my school community on display in an assembly today.
12:31
February 28, 2019
# 55 -Year 2- Presence in the History of the Green Book
The talk about the film "The Green Book" leads me to learn about the historical importance of the Negro Traveller's Green Book and the way it aided many in the 1940s and 1950's.
11:56
February 28, 2019
# 54 -Year 2- Presence in Fr. Paul & My Other Friends in the Fullness of Christ
I am sad as I learned on Monday that a friend and mentor from long ago died Sunday afternoon. Fr. Paul, just 4 years older than me, was there with me back 30 years ago when I was in high school and then college. I have deep faith that he joins other friends of mine -saints now in the fullness of Christ - as a presence still with me and all of us. ✌🙏💜
15:19
February 27, 2019
# 53 -Year 2- Presence in Restorative Community and the Academy Awards
I hear Jesus' words in today's gospel about how to live in community and I am struck by how I experience this twice on Sunday.
12:35
February 25, 2019
# 52 -Year 2- Presence Watching MLB Game and "Roma*
I was moved with joy and gratitude as I watched the first Spring Training game of the year and then the amazing film "Roma"
13:05
February 24, 2019
# 51 -Year 2- Presence Serving Pizza on the Frosh Retreat
Another year's Freshman Retreat rolls back around (listen to episode #40 for last year's) and I serve in specific way which adds at least a little bit to the day.
14:22
February 24, 2019
# 50 -Year 2- Presence in Imperfection
I missed a couple of days recording as I was sick with a bad cold. This time allows me to experience God as the Broken One who is near when we struggle and fall ill.
11:23
February 22, 2019
#49 -Year 2- Presence in Singing in the Shower
I am touched with gratitude and nostalgia as I hear my teen son singing in the shower.
10:44
February 19, 2019
# 48 -Year 2- Presence in God Singing "To Make You Feel My Love"
I enjoy faith and fellowship Sunday evening and feel and hear God singing to me when I listen to a friend singing Bib Dylan's song "To Make You Feel My Love"
12:19
February 18, 2019
# 47 -Year 2- Presence in Chill and Hustle
I have two very different parts of my day - chill in the morning and early afternoon and much hustling at the winery in the evening as it got so busy that a regular customer helped me out!
10:22
February 17, 2019
# 46 -Year 2- Presence in Simple Pleasure in the Library & Coffee Shop
I have the day off of school but need to wait for my son during a long appointment. I work in the morning in the library and the afternoon in a coffee shop.
11:43
February 16, 2019
# 45 -Year 2- Presence in The Six Loves (Plus Two) on Vtines Day
I write and pray a prayer today for the six types of live identified by the Ancient Greeks. And after experiencing love of my school after watching a fun competition and then having a special moment with my teen daughter, I wonder if there are even more kinds of love for which we need new words.
16:39
February 15, 2019
# 44 -Year 2- Presence in Maria's Message
My school community hears from a father who lost his daughter in a car crash caused by distracted driving. My students and I take The Maria's Message Pledge to not drive with manual, visual and/or cognitive distraction.
11:26
February 14, 2019
# 43 -Year 2- Presence in Listening to a Year Ago
I go back and listen to the episodes I recorded one year ago this week and am struck by my thoughts and feelings right after the Parkland school shooting. I experience God in the remembering of those horrible days.
13:31
February 14, 2019
# 42 -Year 2- Presence in Prayer for Our Nation
My classes and I pray a prayer that I wrote to ask God to guide our leaders in compromising so the government doesn't show down again on Saturday.
09:46
February 12, 2019
# 41 -Year 2- Presence in Going Deep
I hear the gospel about Jesus calling the apostles by telling the fishermen to go out into deeper water. And after worship, I have two chances myself to go deep.
11:49
February 12, 2019
# 40 -Year 2- Presence in the Trash Tournament
I lead my In The Know players to a special tourney which uses questions about all aspects of popular culture. Listen and hear the wide range of topics covered!
11:00
February 11, 2019
# 39 - Year 2- Presence in Reading a Novel Late at Night
I stay up late enjoying the simple pleasure of reading a good novel. Do I finish it before I fall asleep? Listen and find out!
10:52
February 10, 2019
# 38 -Year 2- Presence in the Mystical Musings of Fr. Ed Hayes
I feel uplifted and inspired every time I pray with the words of Fr. Edward Hayes and his "Prayers For a Planetary Pilgrim" Check him out at www.edhayes.com
11:22
February 8, 2019
# 37 -Year 2- Presence in Rescuing a Student's Keyboard
I play the hero and retrieve a student's keyboard from a big puddle. And I learn something very important about my great new travel mug.
11:53
February 7, 2019
# 36 -Year 2- Presence in Bon Iver and Mysticism
I listen to Bon Iver's "22, A Million" album and how it is an expression of modern mysticism and a vehicle for mysticism.
12:11
February 6, 2019
# 35 -Year 2- Presence in Conversation with a Colleague/Friend
After school I stick around for a while and have a spirited and enjoyable political conversation with a Colleague/Friend
10:31
February 6, 2019
# 34 -Year 2- Presence in Walking in the Wacky Weather
I get out for a Sunday stroll in a suddenly warm afternoon which reminds me of the changing climate and the need to care for Gods creation.
08:23
February 5, 2019
# 33 -Year 2- Presence in An English Soccer Memorial
I watch the Cardiff City FC (in the English Premier League) team and fans honor the 28 year old new player - Emiliano Sala - who died very recently in the crash of a small plane flying from France to Wales where he was joining his new team and community. 🇬🇧
09:54
February 4, 2019
# 32 -Year 2- Presence in "Simple Pleasures"
On my third school day off in a row I delight in reading about and pondering "Simple Pleasures" from a book of the same name.
11:55
February 3, 2019
# 31 -Year 2- Presence in The Living Presence Podcast
I needed a spiritual boost so I listed to The Living Presence Podcast from LivingPresenceMinistry.Org. It was just what needed to experience God's Presence on my drive home.
13:30
February 1, 2019
# 30 -Year 2- Presence in Church at the Winery
Conditions come together just right for an amazing time at the winery where I work. Six of us pray the Compline in the Divine Office together with others via technology.
15:20
January 31, 2019
# 29 -Year 2- Presence Before the Polar Vortex
Normally school isn't canceled for a "calamity day" until 5 am the morning of. But with the dangerous polar vortex coming the following day of school was canceled by noon time. 🤯
12:54
January 30, 2019
# 28 -Year 2- Presence in "Dewdrops from the cosmos moisten the leaves of the rose."
I am teaching about both Big History and the Genesis creation stories to my students. A sentence from the book (in this episode title) "How to Love the Universe" by Stefan Klein helps me to experience awe and wonder in the Presence of God.
11:35
January 30, 2019
# 27 -Year 2- Presence in My Student's Preaching 2
I go with some colleagues to hear one of our students preach in her church. Listen to episode #266 to hear about the first time I witnessed her preaching.
10:50
January 28, 2019
# 26 -Year 2- Presence in Running into My Brother-in-Law
I go to my local library and am surprised to see my brother-in-law there. I reflect on how I am living in a time of my life with "roots" when before I also lived with "wings" instead.
14:24
January 27, 2019
# 25 -Year 2- Presence in Explosions in the Sky & the Sunrise
I start my Friday with the evocative instrumental music of Explosions in the Sky. Later in the morning I witness a beautiful sunrise from my classroom window.
14:11
January 26, 2019
# 24 -Year 2- Presence in Narrative Loops
I'm almost through the two seasons of HBOs Westworld and Im thinking of stories and the narrative loops the robots on that show follow. No spoilers for the show here.
10:54
January 25, 2019
# 23 -Year 2- Presence in the Teaching Moments from D.C. Incident
I return to the classroom and talk with my students about the incident with the Catholic school boys at the Lincoln Memorial. We explore many take aways and learning points.
09:15
January 24, 2019
# 22 -Year 2- Presence in Mist, Fire & the Beloved Community
I enjoy my scented mist maker and my crackling wick candle as I reflect on MLK and his vision of the Beloved Community and how it is so relevant today. I will be using it as a teaching focus for my classes tomorrow.
14:22
January 23, 2019
# 21 -Year 2- Presence in the Larger Context of the D.C.. Incident
On MLK Day I partipate in a community breakfast and am inspired and challenged by the keynote speaker. More info comes out about the boys behaving badly in D.C. And I reflect on how the adults monitoring the kids should be held accountable for poor leadership and wrong judgment.
16:18
January 22, 2019
# 20 -Year 2- Presence in Chilling on my Bday
It's my birthday and I enjoy a quiet and restful day as it is frigid outside. I feel gratitude in celebrating my life today!!!
11:54
January 21, 2019
# 19 -Year 2- Presence in the D. C. Video of Boys Behaving Badly
I respond to the shocking video of the white boys taunting the Native American elder with concern, compassion and hope that this will be a "teaching moment" for us all.
14:43
January 20, 2019
# 18 -Year 2- Presence in Cheese and Bible Translations
I learn cool things about cheese and whether or not the Ancient Israelites ate cheese.. Listen and learn something new too!
13:48
January 19, 2019
# 17 -Year 2- Presence in AI & Inspirobot.me
I have some fun with AI generated "inspirational" quotes and reflect on how even apparently wise statements can be created by Artificial Intelligence
14:13
January 19, 2019
# 16 -Year 2- Presence on Welcoming Others to my School
I host a set of matches for my In The Know (Quiz Bowl) team and welcome other teams. It goes well even though I'm not felling 100%
10:49
January 18, 2019
# 15 -Year 2- Presence in a Sick Day w/Another Gentle Breakdown
I have a cold for the first time in a long while. And like in Episode #59 - my car breaks down in the same place!
10:50
January 17, 2019
# 14 -Year 2- Presence in A Prayer For Our Nation
I am angry about the ongoing, shameful record-breaking shutdown. So I wrote a prayer I'm offering in each of my classes until it ends.
10:11
January 16, 2019
# 13 -Year 2- Presence in "Let Them [refugees] Come to the Water"
I am brought to tears hearing "Let Them Come to the Water" sung in mass today. I think about God's call to me to welcome those who come seeking asylum thirsting for peace and safety.
11:21
January 14, 2019
# 12 -Year 2- Presence in the Stillness of Snow
It is the first significant snow fall of the winter and I am reminded of how beautiful a still ❄️ covered field is.
13:21
January 13, 2019
# 11 - Year 2- Presence in Plato's Cave and Live Music
I tell my students the 2,400 year old allegory of The Cave as written by Plato and I enjoy live music at the winery and realize how different live music is compared to recorded music.
17:17
January 13, 2019
# 10 -Year 2- Presence in Nat'l Migration Week & the Girls at My Library
The U.S. Catholic Bishops ask us to learn about, pray for and serve migrants and refugees.
10:03
January 11, 2019
# 8 -Year 2- Presence in Awe and Gratitude With My Son
I am struck with much gratitude and deep awe and wonder as I talk with my son during dinner.
10:40
January 10, 2019
# 8 -Year 2- Presence in Narratives About the Southern Border
I share my increasing sadness about how much fear is motivating the story that Trump is telling about the Southern Border. I share short stories about my transformative time spent years ago south of the US border in Tijuana, Mexico.
19:35
January 9, 2019
#7 -Year 2- Presence in a Parable of Radical Hospitality
I tell my classes a parable by Peter Rollins about radical hospitality. And we talk about the symbol of a wall which is keeping out government still closed.
14:39
January 8, 2019
# 6 -Year 2- Presence on Epiphany Part 1
I record on the 7th about what I took away from the homily I heard in church on Epiphany Sunday.
12:28
January 7, 2019
# 5 -Year 2- Presence in Explaining This Podcast
A friend at the winery asked my what my podcast is about. In this episode I explain the two quotes about God which a underneath all I am trying to do with these daily reflections.
15:14
January 6, 2019
# 4 -Year 2- Presence in Visiting With My Friend
I go an visit with a friend today and am able to serve him my helping with a web site and he also served me by listening and offering support.
10:11
January 5, 2019
# 3 -Year 2- Presence in the "Sacred" Film
My brother-in-law gives us a gift that we watched together a PBS film called "Sacred: Milestones of a Spiritual Life"
13:55
January 4, 2019
# 2 - Year 2- Presence in the Man at the P.O.
I connect with a gentleman at the post office who has much on his mind today.
12:05
January 3, 2019
# 1 - Year 2 - The Presence Podcast on 2018
I take a few moments on the first day of 2019 to reflect back on the podcast which I recorded for every day of 2018.
17:23
January 2, 2019
# 366 - Presence in the Last Day of 2018
The year ends and I share the last evening of 2018 with Program friends and my two teenagers.
12:18
January 1, 2019
# 365 - Presence in the Baptism and Hospitality
I celebrate with young Lilnoe on her Baptism Day and then am surprised and grateful to be invited to a luncheon afterwards.
15:25
December 31, 2018
# 364 - Presence in a Dumb Joke at the Winery
It's Saturday and I worked at the winery again. I told and laughed at a dumb joke told to me and which I told to others and in the laughter I experienced God's Presence.
13:29
December 30, 2018
# 363 - Presence in the Scented Mist
I am happy to have an aid for my prayer and meditation here in my basement - a new cool mist diffuser.
11:27
December 29, 2018
# 362 - Presence in 3 Stories and the Spideyverse
I almost finish a novel, I listen to a novel on audiobook and I go to see the new Spidey film. And I ponder the possible multiverse.
12:22
December 28, 2018
# 361 - Presence in Noah's Story and God's Story
I walk and listen to more of Trevor Noah's autobiography about growing up in South Africa and I wonder about how I am living in the bigger story of God within creation.
14:00
December 27, 2018
# 360 - Presence in A Chill Christmas
I celebrate Christmas 2018 with rest, relaxation, and good quiet time.
07:04
December 26, 2018
# 359 - Presence in "Born a Crime" & Born to Liberate
I take a nice walk on Christmas Eve Day and listen to Trevor Noah's audiobook autobiography "Born a Crime" and later celebrate Christmas Eve and reflect on how Christ was born to liberate all from whatever holds them bound.
11:40
December 25, 2018
358 - Presence in "Once in Royal David's City"
I celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent with a new favorite Advent hymn. I've been listening to a fun version of this song performed by Sufjan Stevens.
10:59
December 24, 2018
# 357 - Presence in Bridges and Not Walls
I enjoy streaming Italian soccer and am in awe of the bridges which the internet creates. And I am troubled how some want to build walls of other types to separate and divide when clearly God desires unity and connection instead.
16:54
December 23, 2018
# 356 - Presence in the Healing Story "Marwencol"
I watch the moving documentary "Marwencol" about a town of dolls created by an artist for healing after trauma. I reflect on how this story is similar to and different than the film "The Truman Show"
16:25
December 22, 2018
# 355 - Presence in 22 Musicals and 5 Puns
I laugh at two things - James Cordon and friends performing a rapid medley of 22 musicals and a read some great (and corny) puns. Plus - the 4th O Antiphon prayed and sung!
12:57
December 21, 2018
# 354 - Presence in the (almost) Winter Sunshine
It's a rare sunny morning and afternoon just a couple of days before the Winter Solstice and I experience the panentheistic nature of God in the brilliant light.
12:54
December 20, 2018
# 353 - Presence in Daughter's 15th Birthday and Christmas Cookies
My daughter turns a decade and a half and I enjoy cookies at school from parents of a special sister/brother pair of students. And it is the second O Antiphon today.
11:45
December 19, 2018
# 352 - Presence in the O Antiphons of Advent
We begin the last seven days of Advent. Listen and learn about the ancient prayers offered by the Church and how they inspired the lyrics of the most significant Advent hymn of them all!
11:15
December 18, 2018
# 351 - Presence in Bone Conduction Headphones
I try a unique way to listen to music and other sounds from my phone. I hear music and therefore God in a deeper, more resonate way.
15:03
December 17, 2018
# 350 - Presence in a First Date
I witness a first date (not my own) and experience God in the growing connection and attraction I observe. Was it a successful first date? You'll have to listen to find out!
13:17
December 16, 2018
# 349 - Presence in Remebering Sandy Hook Elementary
I pray with my students on the 6th anniversary of the slaughter of 6 year olds and their teachers and share my sadness at these deaths and my anger at how little we've done to address gun violence since Dec 14, 2012.
13:02
December 15, 2018
# 348 - Presence in an Advent Song for Paradise, CA
I play for my students a song of hope by two musicians who lived in Paradise, CA.
06:59
December 14, 2018
# 347 - Presence in Fondness for My In The Know Kids
We have our first In The Know matchday and I experience God's Presence in the fondness for these students.
09:18
December 13, 2018
# 346 - Presence in Dinner/Communion with My Sister-in-Law
I enjoy a meal and conversation - communion actually - with my dear Sister-in-law visiting from out of town.
08:41
December 12, 2018
# 345 - Presence in 50 Years Since Merton & Religion Today
I see important connections between a tribute to Thomas Merton on the 50th anniversary of his sudden death and insights about religion in the U.S.A. by Andrew Sullivan.
09:46
December 11, 2018
# 344- Presence in Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"
I watch the final performance of my son in his high school production of "A Christmas Carol" and reflect on it's Advent theme of transformation.
11:29
December 10, 2018
# 343 - Presence in Seeing my (Once) Little Girl Dancing
My daughter performs in a big and special dance number and I feel joy at seeing how grown up she seems while I feel a bit sad thinking of how quickly she has grown up!
09:37
December 9, 2018
# 342 - Presence in My Son on Stage
My son performs in A Christmas Carol (as Narrator #5) and I am so proud of him!
08:19
December 8, 2018
# 341 - Presence in a Great Coffee Solution
If you've listened to episodes #135, #128, #116, or #58 you know that the Keurig K coffee pods are a nemesis of mine. Today I was feeling grateful for a great alternative solution - the Hamilton Beach Brewstation 48466-MX (this is not a paid product endorsement - just a really cool thing which has helped the faculty at my school and also the earth!)🌎
10:07
December 7, 2018
# 340 - Presence in "O Come Emmanuel"
I sing this magnificent Advent hymn with my students and recall how much it means to me.
08:50
December 6, 2018
# 339 - Presence in Creative Solutions in Caring 4 Creation
I watch the #24HoursOfReality with my students and reflect on low or no carbon ways to solve problems - like raking leaves!
08:23
December 5, 2018
# 338 - Presence in #24HoursOfReality
I am watching now (until 9pm EST on December 4th) the amazing, inspiring, unifying 24 Hours of Reality and it's focus on Caring for Creation
08:52
December 4, 2018
# 337 - Presence in the Two Boys @ the Library
It's the first Sunday of Advent and experiencing Christ in others is on my mind. I saw Christ is these two boys I watched as I worked at the library.
12:45
December 3, 2018
# 336 - Presence in Friends at an Unusual Place
Two friends do me, and the winery where I work, a big favor as I'm pouring wine in the "Annex" and not the main part of the winery.
12:16
December 2, 2018
# 335 - Presence in "The Truman Show"
I begin to show my students the classic "The Truman Show," which when it was released in 1998 both predicted and parodied the ubiquitous "reality shows" of today. (Thanks for your patience as this is posted WAY late for Fri the 30th)
11:14
December 2, 2018
# 334 - Presemce in Our Shiny New Aldi
Not a promotion, but a positive commentary on a new grocery store in my neighborhood which will make a difference.
11:31
November 30, 2018
# 332 -Presence in Student Servant Leadership and U.S. Senate Vote
I witness a student stepping up to lead and support U.S. Senators (both of our Ohio ones) who voted to get the US out of the Yemen war.
11:03
November 29, 2018
# 331 - Presence in Philosophical Questions From My 7th Period
At the end of the first day after our holiday break, I am surprised by a good philosophical question - "How do we know something is real?"
09:20
November 28, 2018
# 330 - Presence in Gratitude on Cyber Monday
I don't shop myself, but am grateful when my parents shop for me and my family. Plus, research tells us of the carbon impact of online shopping.
07:32
November 27, 2018
# 329 - Presence in 300+ Days of Meditation
I reflect on hitting a milestone of consecutive days of meditating and the difference it has made in my life.
12:50
November 26, 2018
# 328 - Presence in Astroworld on "Podcast: The Ride"
Warm memories come back as I hear the guys on "Podcast: The Ride" talk about the theme park from my growing up in Houston - Astroworld!
08:58
November 25, 2018
# 327 - Presence in My First Walk in a LONG Time
I don't really go to the mall on Black Friday. Instead I get off my butt and get out for my first walk in way too long. Gotta do it more often as I had forgotten how much I enjoy it!
06:46
November 24, 2018
# 326 - Presence in Thanksgiving & Our Movie Tradition
We enjoyed a pleasant and yummy dinner before going out to see "Ralph Breaks the Internet."
06:47
November 23, 2018
# 325 - Presence in 3rd Period Hospitality & Surprise Christmas Tree
On Thanksgiving Eve my 3rd period welcomed six guests and I am surprised by the Christmas tree at Easton (do check out the video of it)
12:13
November 22, 2018
# 324 - Presence in the A.J. Jacobs TED Talk
It's all about gratitude on Thanksgiving Eve!
07:48
November 21, 2018
# 323 - Presence in Filastine and a Touch on My Shoulder
My day begins with a mind blowing video by Filastine and ends with a simple touch by a friend.
10:31
November 20, 2018
# 322 - Presence in the Cool New Chairs at the Library
Yes, I dig my local library - a lot!
07:22
November 19, 2018
# 320 - Presence in Deep Generational Conversation at the Winery
I work my usual Saturday afternoon/evening shift at the winery and enjoy a three way conversation about generations which gets surprisingly deep.
13:11
November 18, 2018
# 320 - Presence in Faculty Retreat and the Wine Tasting Teacher Gig
I enjoy the annual faculty retreat day and launch my Wine Tasting Teacher in the evening with my first paid gig.
11:47
November 17, 2018
# 319 - Presence in Connecting on Parent-Teacher Conference Night
I stay late at school to meet with parents and am surprised by a conversation with a dad of a now senior student whom I taught when he was a freshman.
11:05
November 16, 2018
# 318 - Presence in the Visit to a Mosque
I go with friends in their Church group as they visit a mosque and meet new Muslim friends.
08:57
November 15, 2018
# 317 - Presence in Streaming Music and eBooks
Two things I really dig - Spotify and Kindle!
11:43
November 14, 2018
# 316 - Presence in a Moving amd Complicated Veteran's Day
My school hears from a recent veteran and his heart wrenching story about his time in Iraq
12:59
November 13, 2018
# 315 - Presence in the Widow's Mite Story
After hearing the gospel today I hear a true story which reminds me of the window and how much she gave from her poverty.
10:59
November 12, 2018
# 314 -Presence in College Visit #3
My son and I go to our third college open house and discover that it's not the place for the next step in his education.
11:05
November 11, 2018
# 313 - Presence in the Aramaic Lord's Prayer
I pray with and reflect on the "prayer that Jesus taught us" in the actual words he likely used.
10:12
November 10, 2018
# 312 - Presence in Rally and Senate Bill 2644
After praying with Birdtalker's "One" I march to protect the Mueller investigation and Senate Bill 2644 (I gave the wrong number for it in the audio for this episode)
14:12
November 9, 2018
# 311 - Presence in Another Mass Shooting and "One"
I record in the morning just after another mass shooting murder. My classes and I use the Birdtalker song "One" for a special prayer today.
07:58
November 8, 2018
# 310 - Presence in Elextion Day Canvassing with my Son
My son and I go and knock on doors for a Congressional candidate specifically and our democracy more generally.
12:30
November 7, 2018
# 309 - Presence on Election Eve & in Surprise Visitors
I'm a bit tense as tomorrow means so much and will shape mightily the next two years. Yet I smile at the visit of two special former students today.
13:21
November 6, 2018
# 308 - Presence in Senior Photos and the Library
It was a quiet Sunday yet one in which I experienced God in a milestone and a time of quiet in a special place.
10:12
November 5, 2018
# 307 - Presemce in the Sacred Winery
I reflect on how the line between the sacred and the secular is finer than we think.
12:36
November 4, 2018
# 306 - Presence in Remembering on All Souls Day
I lead a prayer service for my classes on All Souls Day. The heart of the service is a moving slide show of their loved one who have departed this life. I am touched witnessing a student reaching out to support her grieivng friend.
09:56
November 3, 2018
# 305 - Presence in my Holy Shirt on All Saints Day
I wear my holy blue Oxford shirt to school for my school's Day of Prayer and Service for All Saints Day.
12:14
November 2, 2018
# 304 - Presence in a Missed Opportunity
I realize after the fact that I've missed a valuable chance to be of service and thus experience God's Presence.
09:55
November 1, 2018
# 303 - Presence in Joyful Morning Music
I wake with a couple of songs which give me hope in an anxious time.
09:34
October 31, 2018
# 302 - Presence in Early Voting
I take a stand against the hate and violence in display in our politics these days by early voting.
08:59
October 30, 2018
# 301 - Crying "Lord Have Mercy" in the Sanctuary
I am on retreat and feel safe enough in this sanctuary to allow myself to feel for those murdered as they worshipped in Pittsburgh.
11:45
October 29, 2018
# 300 - Presence in a Winery Like "Cheers"
I hit a milestone and so do the Red Sox - just one more game to go. And I'm grateful for a full day at the winery with some friends.
09:34
October 28, 2018
# 299 - Presence in Staying Up WAY Late with the Red Sox
I witness much of and including the end of (sort of) the longest game in World Series history ⚾
11:01
October 27, 2018
# 298 - Presence in Curiosity and "I Wonder..."
My after lunch class shows the hallmark of good learners - Curiosity.
10:46
October 26, 2018
# 297 - Presence in UN Day and Queen B
We celebrate UN Day in my classes by watching a great video featuring Queen B.
07:31
October 25, 2018
# 296 - Presence in Wine Tasting and The Caravan
I am struck by the contrast of what I did yesterday and a podcast about the Caravan I heard this morning.
09:05
October 24, 2018
# 295 - Presence in the Moon and "Swim"
I see the full moon and the listen to "Swim" - the right song at the right time.
10:31
October 23, 2018
# 294 - Presence in the Storyteller, Musician and Artist
I experience an engaging prayer in a local coffee shop in partnership with a special church led by a storyteller, a musician and an artist.
09:39
October 22, 2018
A - If My Stuff Could Talk - Reusable Coffee Mug
I discover that it is time to retire my coffee mug (see episode #275) and fortunately we have a chance to say good bye first.
17:01
October 22, 2018
# 293 - A Wild Story at the Winery
While working my Saturday job at the winery I hear a wild true story about hidden cash an a destructive storm.
11:36
October 21, 2018
# 292 - Presence in Patience with Technology
I teach my students how to use a new ed tech platform and I am so grateful that they and I can remain patience as we figure it out together.
11:15
October 20, 2018
# 291 - Presence in the Garden and Through Listening
I have a remarkable moment in the community garden and later experience God through three different times of listening.
10:51
October 19, 2018
# 290 - Presence in Caring 4 Creation w/ Prince Ea
I talking about how respecting life means caring for creation as I show my students a video from the innovative Prince Ea
06:33
October 18, 2018
# 289 - Presence in "Everything is Alive" Podcast
I am enthralled by the new "Everything is Alive" podcast.
08:53
October 17, 2018
# 288 - Presence in Happy Forgetting
I am so glad that I didn't remember it was my evening to clean the bathrooms until I got home after a long, full day!
07:28
October 16, 2018
# 287 - Presence Being Out of Control on the Highway
I am continuing to teach my son how to drive and I am anxious as he drives with me on a major highway for the first time..
11:30
October 15, 2018
# 286 - Presence in conversation with my Prayer Buddy
I have with a coffee and conversation with my new prayer buddy.
11:01
October 14, 2018
# 285 - Presence in Storytelling with the Bing Image of the Day
My 6th period class and I experience a God's Presence Moment as we share stories about the Bing Homepage Image of the Day.
14:06
October 13, 2018
# 284 - Presence on International Day of the Girl
My classes and I celebrate the UN Day of the Girl.
09:04
October 12, 2018
# 283 - Presence in the Graphic Novel "Flocks"
I am moved by a memoir of a trans-man's journey of faith and the experience of God in the many "flocks" through which he found community.
15:12
October 11, 2018
# 282 - Presence in my Son's Concert and "Africa"
I hear my son perform in his school choir and then he and I watch and amazing video of a choir performing "Africa" by the band Toto.
08:12
October 10, 2018
# 281 - Presence on Indigenous People Day
On a new holiday I share with my students my experience on a cultural pilgrimage to the Native Nations in AZ and NM.
09:20
October 9, 2018
# 280 - Presence in Processing With My Daughter
My daughter, who has been emotionally distant from me of late came to me tonight to process her thoughts and feelings from a full weekend.
07:34
October 8, 2018
# 279 - Presence a College Visit
My son and I your Bowling Green State U and I reflect on how college life has changed in the 30 years since I started college.
12:22
October 7, 2018
# 278 - Presence in Scotch in the Afternoon.
After a long and draining week it is very good to share conversation and a glass of Scotch with a friend.
13:10
October 6, 2018
# 277 - Presence in St. Francis Day and Getting Soaked
I celebrate the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi and praise God even as I get soaked walking in a downpour.
12:46
October 5, 2018
# 276 - Presence in the "Happy" Film
I show a great Netflix film called "Happy" to my students.
05:30
October 4, 2018
# 275 - Presence in my Reusable Coffee Mug
What personal item near you right now reveals the Presence of God to you? For me it's my great reusable coffee mug. ☕
09:31
October 3, 2018
# 274 - Presence in Healing Touch and My New Wine Business
I stay home sick but find relief in my first visit to a chiropractor in many years. And I start my wine tasting business.
09:51
October 2, 2018
# 273 - Presence in the Salty Baby
The preaching today was about how salt preserves us in faith. While listening I watched a hungry 2 week old infant right next to me.
10:27
October 1, 2018
# 272 - Presence in Pilgrimage and Homecoming
A full day of work - first at the winery and then chaperoning the homecoming dance.
08:28
September 30, 2018
# 271 - Presence in Good King Wenceslas and Senator Flake
It was a wild day - celebrating St Wenceslas with singing and tamborine and seeing two survivors and a US Senator show courage.
14:25
September 29, 2018
# 270 - Presence in Caring 4 God's Creation
In the midst of paying too much attention to today's hearing, I smile while watching the 5 freshmen girls at the heart of our Care 4 Creation Association.
09:24
September 28, 2018
# 269 - Presence in Our Broken Nation and Broken Planet
I feel sad and angry as I ponder how we've made our planet stuck in climate change and how our nation is stuck in our broken political system.
15:28
September 27, 2018
# 268 - Presence in the Bl. Solanus Casey Hospitality Ministry
I experience God's Presence during a school liturgy while colleagues and I prayed with students for God's blessing.
11:03
September 26, 2018
# 267 - Presence in Sukkot and the Twelve Step "Promises"
I celebrate with my students the Jewish holiday of Sukkot and reflect on how the 12 Step promises are like the stars which guide us.
09:43
September 25, 2018
# 266 - Presence in a Student's Preaching
I am overjoyed when I go and hear my student preach at her church.
05:39
September 24, 2018
# 265 - Presence in Cricket at the Winery
I have a good evening at the winery and enjoyed meeting an Indian couple and making a connection which may allow me to play cricket someday.
10:07
September 23, 2018
# 264 - Presence in the Neighborly Google Doodle
I show the Mr. Rogers Google Doodle to my students to remind us that "love your neighbor" is at the heart of Christ's message.
15:03
September 22, 2018
# 263 - Presence in an "Active Shooter" Scenario
The teachers at my school and I walk through the details of an "Active Shooter" Scenario in our building.
11:24
September 21, 2018
# 262 - Presence in Yom Kippur and Talk Like a Pirate Day
Two events on the calendar came together in my class in an unusual way.
14:22
September 20, 2018
# 261 - Presence in Brody and Christmas in September
I am moved by an NPR story about great kindness.
08:56
September 19, 2018
# 260 - Presence in Authority in a 12 Step Community
I attend a 12 Step Meeting and am struck my how we express authority in our communal decision making.
11:07
September 18, 2018
# 259 - Presence Floating in the Love of God
I had two simultaneous experiences of the Love of God as a sat meditating after Communion today.
13:21
September 17, 2018
# 258 - Presence in Stories at the Winery (Under New Management)
It's my first day working with the new owner and I hear two great stories from customers.
15:15
September 16, 2018
# 257 - Presence in My Neurophile Student
I taught today about the brain and the mind and was quite impressed when a student knew what the amigdala is.
12:24
September 15, 2018
# 256 - Presence in the Garden Up The Street
I take students harvesting in a community garden with our Care 4 Creation Association.
11:31
September 14, 2018
# 255 - Presence in the Morning with the Bishop
My Religion teaching colleagues from around the sickest had our annual conversation with our Bishop.
07:57
September 13, 2018
# 254 - Presence on 9/11/18 and Surprising News
I feel sad and heavy after a day of remembrance and learning of a change happening in my work life.
12:26
September 12, 2018
# 253 - Presence on Rosh Hashana with Troubling News
I celebrate Rosh Hashana with my students before hearing troubling news within my school community.
12:39
September 11, 2018
# 252 - Presence in "Ethphatah!"
I am struck by the power sms meaning of Jesus' cry of "Ethphatah!" in this week's gospel.
10:51
September 10, 2018
# 251 - Presence in a Slow Night at the Winery
I work all day - noon to 9 pm at my Saturday winery job. And I receive wisdom from Pam - a regular.
12:29
September 9, 2018
# 250 - Presence in Rallying Through My Day
The day started with me feeling heavy, sick and anxious. Yet I received energy and focus and taught a pretty good day.
09:18
September 8, 2018
# 249 - Presence in the Bing Penguin Bell Ringer
I record in the morning before I head to school and reflect on some funny moments teaching yesterday.
11:54
September 7, 2018
# 248 - Presence in Resistance and "Love Letters to God"
I record in the morning after an exhausting and troubling day. And I find hope in a song this morning - "Love Letters to God" by Nahko and Medicine for the People"
11:44
September 6, 2018
# 247 - Presence in the Bible Blessing
I enjoy a day in the cool of our school chapel as I lead a prayer service for my frosh in which they receive the gift of their school Bibles.
11:11
September 5, 2018
# 246 - Presence in the Wall of Hugs
Frank Turner, in a live concert from Milan has the audience hug each other. Watch it at the 1:09:30 mark - https://youtu.be/t0X_rONdB3w
08:16
September 4, 2018
# 245 - Presence in the Prince & Bowie Show
I go to a free performance of story and song celebrating two of the greats.
08:53
September 3, 2018
# 244 - Presence in Alaha - "God" in Aramaic
I learn that the Aramaic word Jesus used for God was "Alaha" which means "Oneness" or "Sacred Unity"
13:28
September 2, 2018
# 243 - Presence in Brain Teasers & Thor
Two unrelated GPM's (God Presence Moments) today - one in class and the other at home with my son.
00:00
September 1, 2018
#242 - Presence in the Sacred Heart & Planetary Pilgrim
I am struck by the contrast and also similarities of two different prayers I experienced in Thursday.
12:57
September 1, 2018
# 241 - Presence in a New House
I am switch from Sacred Heart House to my new home in The Springs.
11:17
August 30, 2018
# 240 - Presence in Moon - Sun - Sun
Today I notice and ponder the full moon before dawn, the sunrise and the sunset.
11:32
August 29, 2018
# 239 - Presence in Turning a Conversation Over to God
The conversation I referenced in episode #237 happened today and I experienced God in numerous ways.
13:08
August 28, 2018
# 238 - Presence in "Return of the King"
In my favorite theater I watch the third and final film of The Lord of the Rings.
12:18
August 27, 2018
# 237 - Presence in my Sponsor
I feel God's Presence in a valuable conversation with my Twelve Step sponsor.
09:44
August 26, 2018
# 236 - Presence in the Free Concert on the Commons
I enjoy a free late summer concert by my long time favorite - Bruce Hornsby.
10:06
August 25, 2018
# 235 - Presence in "Blackklansman"
I see the amazing new film by Spike Lee.
07:00
August 24, 2018
# 234 - Presence in the Little One on Stage
While at a presentation for parents of Senior students I watch a three year old enjoy being there years old.
12:18
August 23, 2018
# 233 - Presence in Choosing Sleep
I am recording very much after yesterday because I chose to get to sleep last night. It is God's grace which aids me to make this choice rather than pushing myself.
04:59
August 22, 2018
# 232 - Presence in New School Year Resolutions
I reflect on the last day and a half and how I've though about committing to being more welcoming to my students and listen better to them as well.
13:17
August 21, 2018
# 231 - Presence in "The Two Towers"
I go to the movies with my son and we watch the second of the three Lord of the Rings films.
13:16
August 20, 2018
# 230 - Presence in the English Premiere League
It was Match Day 2 for the EPL football and I enjoyed listening to and watching some exciting matches.
12:46
August 19, 2018
# 229 - Presence in Back to Teaching Part 1
It was the first of three days which make up the way we begin the school year where I teach.
09:21
August 18, 2018
# 228 - Presence in the Last First Day
A milestone day for my children with my daughter's first day of high school smack my son's last first day as he began his Senior year.
09:20
August 17, 2018
# 227 - Presence in 2 Holy Conversations
I have rich conversations with two retired people today and experience God in our midst.
09:10
August 16, 2018
# 226 - Presence in Driving Instruction
Each day I'm spending time teaching my son how to drive and I'm learning much in the process.
10:46
August 15, 2018
# 225 - Presence in "Fellowship of the Ring"
I go with my son to see the first of the Lord of the Rings trilogy at a special showing in my favorite movie theater.
13:05
August 14, 2018
# 224 - Presence in Christ the Baker
I heard a great metaphor related to the Bread of Life discourse about how we can see Christ as a Baker.
11:42
August 13, 2018
# 223 - Presence in Smoke and Breath
I have been using inscence as part of my prayer and meditation time as it helps me to visualize the presence of God.
11:31
August 12, 2018
# 222 - Presence at Three Tables
1- Department colleagues. 2- Leading a phone meeting. 3 - Reconciliation in "Moonlight"
12:36
August 11, 2018
# 221 - Presence in 3 Pens & My Journal
I've been writing in my journal a lot lately. Today I reflect on the 3 special pens I use to do this.
11:05
August 10, 2018
# 220 - Presence in React or Respond?
Today, in the heat of a difficult moment I chose to respond rather than to react. And that choice made all the difference.
11:50
August 9, 2018
# 219 - Presence in Icecream
I enjoy, with my parents and son, some delicious Velvet Icecream
11:02
August 8, 2018
# 218 - Presence in "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
I see the Mr. Rogers film "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Wow!
13:59
August 7, 2018
# 217 - Presence in Circles
I experience God in two circles - a prayer team meeting & dinner on my back porch.
09:57
August 6, 2018
# 216 - Presence with My Inner Family
I take a few hours for a rich and meaning-full retreat in which I get to know the members of my Inner Family.
12:40
August 5, 2018
# 215 - Presence in the Passing of Time Today
I note a number of markers of time today, especially my son's first official college visit to Capital University today.
10:13
August 4, 2018
# 214 - Presence in my Inner Child & "Christopher Robin"
I let my inner child come out to play and feel as I watch the film "Christopher Robin"
11:54
August 3, 2018
# 213 - Presence in Discerning & Journaling
I was in the process of making a decision yesterday and these two tools helped me as I allowed God to work through them.
09:45
August 2, 2018
# 212 - Presence in my 17th Birthday as a Dad
Today my son T. turned 17 and since he's my oldest, I became a dad 17 years ago on July 31, 2001.
08:22
August 1, 2018
#211 - Presence in 3 Circles
I experience God's Presence today through three circles - a steering wheel, a 12 Step group and the Enneagram.
10:39
July 31, 2018
# 210 - Presence in Asking How Big is Your God?
I was challenge by a preacher who asked me and those gathered to ponder How Big is Your God?
12:04
July 30, 2018
# 209 - Presence in High Tech & Low Tech
I use my phone for a 12 Step meeting and also color in a new adult coloring book.
10:07
July 29, 2018
# 208 - Presence Road Tripping to Pittsburgh
My son, his best friend and I take a day trip to Pittsburgh and I see my first ever Pirate game at PNC Park.
06:31
July 28, 2018
#207 - Presence in "Tarzan" (The Musical)
I attend opening night of our community theater's presentation of the Disney musical "Tarzan"
12:34
July 27, 2018
# 206 - Presence in 2 Men Showing Up.
I met two interesting men today - Fr. Joseph at Java Central and Louis from L.A. at Good Vibes Winery and heard and shares stories with them.
12:51
July 26, 2018
# 205 - Presence in "Hey Baby Girl"
What name do you use to address God? And more importantly, by what name does God call you?
09:38
July 25, 2018
# 204 - Presence in Reconnection w/an Old Friend
I make time for coffee with an old friend and experience God in the depth of our reconnection.
10:23
July 24, 2018
# 203 - Presence in a Snake on My Path
I got out to a park for a nice walk by myself and was pleased to encounter a small snake on the path.
11:28
July 23, 2018
#202 - PRESENCE in Bird Meets Screen
I witness a moment ripe with potential symbolism as I watch a bird fly into the screen on my porch.
10:08
July 22, 2018
# 201 - Presence in Breath and "Rabbi Jesus"
I experience wind, breath and. rain as I sit on my porch in meditation and finishing a mind shifting book by Bruce Chilton - "Rabbi Jesus"
10:14
July 21, 2018
# 200 - Presence in the Two Suns of Star Wars: A New Hope
I am aware of the brilliant sun a few times today, especially as I listen to the Sound Track Podcast episode about the music in the famous Star Wars scene of Luke watching the two suns set.
12:08
July 20, 2018
# 199 - Presence in an Earlyish Morning
I rise early when I don't have to do so and enjoy the extra time for prayer at the start of the day.
06:04
July 19, 2018
# 198 - Presence in a Program Friend & Frank Turner's "Little Changes"
I get to a noon meeting and receive kind words from a friend and am inspired by Frank Turner's song "Little Changes"
08:52
July 18, 2018