Losing Your Mojo

by Eddie Pipkin Image by Keith Johnston from Pixabay My wife and I attended our last home football game of the year last week.  It’s been a fun inaugural year in the Big 12 for my beloved UCF Knights.  Lots of ups and downs, but we ended on happy note with a victory [...]


by Eddie Pipkin Image by Alexa from Pixabay Do you ever get worked over a mistake someone else made – just to realize upon reflection that it’s your own darn fault?  Apologies to the late, great Jimmy Buffett for paraphrasing his stolen “Margaritaville” lyric, but he captures the thought process so well: the [...]


by Eddie Pipkin Image by 愚木混株 Cdd20 from Pixabay We like to keep things running smoothly.  We like to keep things drama free.  We like a day characterized by the smiley-faced emoji, not that dude with the grumpy frowny-face.  We like a day when there are no hiccups, hangups, or complications.  This is [...]

Wise Connections

by Eddie Pipkin Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay I was reminded this week of the power that connections can have for older people and the capacity we have to facilitate those connections.  I was reminded of these things because of an article I had read (of course), but then I had a personal [...]

Underpromise and Overdeliver

By Eddie Pipkin Image by Guy from Pixabay I got to attend my first Formula One race last weekend in Texas.  Aside from all the fast cars and great music (it being Austin, after all), it’s impossible for an old ministry event organizer like me to go to any major shindig without analyzing [...]

Mattering Matters

by Eddie Pipkin Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay There are lots of things that local churches do well.  There are plenty of things that local churches don’t do well at all (and while I was tempted to add there, “not for lack of trying,” the sad truth is that often [...]

Seemingly Ranch

by Eddie Pipkin Image by Dee from Pixabay Even if you don’t watch pro football, and even if you don’t follow pop music, you may have been unable to avoid one of the stories that dominated national newsfeeds last week: Taylor Swift’s visit to MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands to watch her new [...]

Perspective Shift

by Eddie Pipkin Image by Luisella Planeta LOVE PEACE 💛💙 from Pixabay I was assembling a new bike last week, and even though I am not a handy person, things were going pretty well.  Then I got to the “attach front fender” stage, and my efforts ground to a screeching halt.  I had [...]

Give Where It Matters

by Eddie Pipkin I was on at a complex of hiking and mountain biking trails a couple of weeks ago, and down by the informational kiosk at the start of the route, I was delighted to see what looked for all the world like a bright orange parking meter (!) but turned out to be [...]

Believe in Your Team

by Eddie Pipkin Image by Артур Закиров from Pixabay I was at my young friend, Chance’s, amazing wedding in Colorado last weekend.  It was visually outstanding, held on a farm in a valley surrounded by mountains, but that’s not the only thing that set it apart.  Chance is himself a force of nature, [...]

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