What is an apology? Do you simply get to say a polite "abracadabra" and it's alright? A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down?

What makes an apology sincere? Oh, I'm sorry to hear that . . . we proceed with our day as if we Picked up our latte at the drive thru window.

When you wish you could have pulled back those syllables of air that just breathed out your lips . . . forming the word daggers coming directly from your heart. You immediately rush to plug the dam holding back the torrent of streams of tears bleeding from the lacerated wound you inflicted.

I'm sorry honey . . . it will never happen . . . again. The words we have been taught to utter from the bargain basement of our soul...

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I just can’t fit
Yes, I believe it’s time for us to quit
When we meet again
Introduced as friends
Please don’t let on that you knew me when
I was hungry and it was your world
Bob Dylan Just Like A Woman

"I just can't fit" ... said another way ... He changed? ... She's not the same person ... I don't love him/her anymore. Broken dreams, broken promises, broken lives, and broken hearts follow. We just want to be seen, to matter ... to be heard ... to simply be. You just desperately want and need love ... both to give and receive. A return to the train station is in order ... to purchase a ticket to bliss. However, your fear of vulnerability...

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I hear many religious people state this romantic notion that "God has picked out a mate for me". Like it's a cosmic game. I see parents praying that God will send "the actual man or woman" for their child. Why do we place these constructs on ourselves? You are aware in Jesus day, you had no say in a marriage partner, yet Jesus taught about rich relationships that were available to the wedded partners. You did not go to the prom, there were no high school sweethearts. St. Valentine had not even been born.

Santa Claus would have a better chance of sneaking down everyone's chimney in the world in 24 hours (a most perplexing problem for a young boy from Baltimore in 1959), then for you to find ...

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"Hey God.... wanna play catch?"

Jesus loves me this I know,

for the Bible tells me so;

Little ones to Him belong,

they are weak, but He is strong.

I'm walking home from the store with my Aunt Mary Jane past the gray stone Presbyterian Church; I can remember the young voices emanating from the church, stirring my pure soul with warmth and "child-like" peace. I would spend the next 40 some odd years trying to find that peace again. Jesus loves me...this I know.

This was the first theological statement I had ever heard. I wish it were my last. I could have lived a fulfilled life with that one simple belief system.

Instead, I feasted off the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; creating my idol in my...

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I talk with many people who are so miserable, and bored in their existence. Brokenhearted. Most every dream they ever dreamed never happened. The touchdown pass was never thrown in the Super Bowl, storming the beaches of Normandy was not in the cards. Marriage to the Prince never happened. You never saved a life or stopped the crime as a policeman you wished to be as a young lad. Why you never even stopped that bully. There was never the song sang in concert, nor the dance performed before the accepting public, why you never even took the ballroom lessons with your spouse.

There was never the great speech inspiring thousands with all the words you knew they needed to hear. Why there was no ...

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