Oh Lord, Won’t You Buy Me A New President?

By Thursday, November 10, 2016 0 1

in the style of Janis Joplin Oh Lord, won't you buy me a new president? Got kicked off The Apprentice, now I can't pay the rent Worked hard all my life, now my health's just 'bout spent Oh Lord, won't you buy me a new president? Oh Lord, won't you buy me a new U.S.A.? 'Round here we love all ...

New Words To Amazing Grace

By Thursday, April 7, 2016 2 0

What are you doing for Earth Day on April 22nd? My church here in Portland, Oregon is celebrating Earth Sunday on April 24th with a special service. Here are the earth-centered lyrics we'll be singing to the tune of Amazing Grace. The River Rolls   Sung to tune of Amazing Grace Lyrics by Alison Wiley Verse 1 The river rolls, ...

How To Make 2015 Better Than 2014

By Friday, January 2, 2015 2 0

Happy new year! We'll exclaim this wish to each other, and hear it from each other, over and over this week. It’s a great sentiment. But what does it take? What will actually make 2015 a year that’s good and rich in what matters for us? New year's resolutions were invented for this type of thing. "I’ll lose 15 pounds”. ...

Gifts That Sustain, And Gifts That Deplete

By Thursday, December 25, 2014 0 0

Are the gifts we're giving sustaining us, or depleting us? Merry Christmas! -- if you celebrate Christmas. Whether or not you do, keep reading, because this post is for you. We humans have craved winter holidays (like Christmas) ever since we figured out how to make fire. They're about surviving the long darkness. What sustains us in the cold, ...

Eight Tips For Radical Hospitality

By Thursday, December 18, 2014 4 0

Mainstream culture encourages a tight focus on self. That focus can feed separation from others, and isolation. Both those are tied to depression, very common in the U.S., especially during the holidays. But hospitality -- both the giving and receiving of it -- is a potent antidote to isolation and depression. It makes us rich in what ...

Announcing New Threads For . . . .

By Tuesday, December 16, 2014 0 0

"Be A Giver" t-shirt. However, this is not James. I actually haven't met this man. James, a new subscriber to Diamond-Cut Life,  has won a 541 Threads t-shirt, made in the U.S. James found my blog by listening to me being interviewed on Sprocket Podcast.  It's great fun for me to talk with co-hosts Brock Dittus and Aaron Flores ...

What Shall We Pledge Allegiance To?

By Thursday, December 11, 2014 5 0

Normally at this time of year I write about celebrating the holidays in ways that make us rich in what matters. You may be familiar. Best low-cost and no-cost holiday gifts. How to break the rules at Christmas. Christmas as community, not stuff. But today -- this week -- something is looming larger than the holidays, for ...