A Race in the Desert


I arrived in Phoenix late in the afternoon this past Saturday. It was January 14th and a storm system was moving in across the west. The flight from Denver was bumpy and I thanked God for bringing me here safely. I booked this flight a little over a month earlier when my college age daughter invited me to run with her and her roommate in the Rock’n’Roll half marathon in Phoenix. She brought this up while we were visiting her in Tucson for Thanksgiving. The allure of a warm January day in Phoenix took hold immediately and I quickly accepted. Continue reading “A Race in the Desert”

Socks with Sandals


I never was much of a sandals guy. Even as a kid, I never wore flip flops, I’d rather go barefoot than have that rubber piece stuck between my toes. I’m still not big on wearing flip flops or sandals. I do, however, enjoy wearing socks with sandals. It’s comfortable and it still let’s my feet breathe. My kids laugh at me and tell me it’s “socially unacceptable.” This from the generation in which girls wear their PJ’s to go shopping and guys wear “man-buns!” Maybe it’s the white socks that’s the problem. “What if I wear black socks?” I ask, “day-glow green perhaps?” Socks with sandals was voted the biggest faux pas of all time back in 2013, according to Debenhams Press Center.

But social norms are, well, often not normal when you take a long view. They change with each generation and sometimes come back a generation or two later. If my wife styled her hair like women used to do in the 80’s, my kids would think she got her finger stuck in the electric socket. Even my 80’s hairstyle brings laughter when we look at old pictures. See, I was 5’10”, but 6’1” with the afro (what a great line from Airplane!). On the other hand, in the 90’s, I used to have a pair of high top converse with one red shoe and one blue shoe. It was always a conversation piece, but today converse are in style and multi-color would likely catch on quickly (hey, maybe I started that trend, why don’t my kids realize just how cool I am?).

From my point of view, if it’s comfortable, you like it, and it’s not vulgar, go for it and don’t worry what others think. If it really is comfortable, others will feel the same way. You may be starting the next trend. Oh, and by the way, both David Beckham and Justin Bieber have been seen recently wearing socks and sandals. I’m sure there are plenty more closet sock-sandal wearers out there. Who knows, my kids may be among them!

I’d love to hear what you think. Post a comment in my blog and share where you stand within the sock-sandal debate.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1)

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Well Day…

After an intense month at work, I decided to take a day off and get in a day on the slopes. I was talking with a guy in the gondola who asked about my work. Since it was a Wednesday, he concluded that I must be taking a sick day. “Actually,” I told him, “I’m taking a well day.” I explained that you take a sick day when you are sick and need to get well. You take a well day when you are well and want to avoid getting sick. “Hmm,” he responded, “So you’re taking a vacation day?” I replied, “Not really.” See vacations are well planned events that may, or may not, result in your returning to work refreshed and ready to dig in. How often have you heard the expression, “I need a vacation from my vacation?” We all love Disneyworld, but a visit with Mickey often ends with sore feet, exhausted parents, and a much lighter wallet! A well day, on the other hand, is spontaneous. It is a down day, R&R, some much needed recuperation time. It is in direct response to the feeling of, “I really need a day off!” Well days rejuvenate you and, if done properly, can have you back at work with vigor and a clear mind after just one day away from the office.

I know what you are thinking, but don’t, I am dedicated to my work and I’m sure you are too. In fact, here in America, we have a reputation for hard work, long hours, and taking shortened vacations where we remain plugged into the office. A recent article in Forbes states that Americans average 47 hours of work a week. That’s nearly a full extra day of work a week! The result, stressed out employees slamming down coffee as they tackle the many tasks and emails in front of them. Many corporations are incorporating wellness programs and adding foosball tables and relaxation pods to the corporate break room. So why not add “well days” to the offering? A recent study (here) states that happy employees are 12% more productive at work. These well days should be used sparingly, but one or two unexpected days off during the year just might boost productivity and create a happier workforce!

Remember that guy on the gondola? His phone rang during the ride. He didn’t answer it, but told me that he only brought the phone so he could take a picture and send it to his workmates who were stuck at work. I’m not sure if that was good for morale, but it seemed to make his well day all the more satisfying!

“Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while” Mark (6:31)

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