Posts by Kurt Jones

Are you ready to “cross over”?

Every language has a way of talking about death in a way that makes a normally serious or unpleasant subject not quite so intense. For instance, Glen tells us that in Zimbabwe when someone dies, they say he or she is “late”. Africaans – Hy het sy oë toe gemaak vir die laaste keer –…

Are you ready to travel?

Going to the airport always gets my heart beating a little faster. No, it’s not because I’m lugging a heavy suitcase around; it’s because it’s emotional. Why? It means that either I’m going somewhere, that someone is coming to see me, or that someone I care about is leaving. Admittedly the third option is the…

Are you “Practically Perfect”?

In 1964 Walt Disney produced what some people consider to be his crowning achievement in live action film making. That year Mary Poppins was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, and won 5, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”. In one memorable scene the whimsical nanny reached into…

A Tale of Two…

Earlier this week our oldest daughter came home for Spring Break. She got on an airplane in Chicago and roughly four hours later hopped into our car at the San Jose airport. Had she been driving, like we’ll do in May, it would have taken her 33 hours to travel the 2,163 miles. If she’d…

Cookies and Milk?

Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Take a nap. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. If these tidbits of wisdom sound familiar, it’s probably because they were taught to you at a young age.…

How’s your walk?

You can tell a lot about someone from the way they walk. The way you walk is something of an indicator as to your life story and your current state of mind – your age, health, mood, and tension level to name a few. Is someone skipping for joy, dragging in the dumps, in a…

Who is your favorite Superhero?

If you haven’t noticed, “Super Heroes” are extremely popular right now. I remember reading Superman comics when I was a kid, but that’s about it. The latest Marvel movie, “Infinity War” features 28 superheroes, but one expert estimates 15,000 characters in the Marvel universe alone. Overwhelming? Hardly. “Infinity War” is now one of just three…

Joy to the World!

The Christmas tree was lit, the tinsel was glistening, the presents were piled up under the tree. You got up early Christmas morning before everyone else was up and, oh so carefully, examining one particular present with your name on it. Although you were too afraid to unwrap it before you were supposed to, you…

Jar-Jar!?! Really?

Strengths Finder, Enneagram, DISC… all of these are tests designed to help understand yourself better. One of the most popular is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Their website claims that over 153 million people have taken their test. (https://www.16personalities.com) You can take a short online test that will ask you a variety of questions and…