Travel Expectations

Great Expectations Meet Mundane Fails

Road stretching into the distance with green hills on one side and mountains on the other
How I like my roads on a road trip. © 2015 Marty Schafer (author)

Kindness Saves

Don’t Believe Me? Read On

Brick wall with KINDNESS IS A SUPER POWER stenciled on it in white paint
Photo by Andrew Thornebrooke on Unsplash

Society, Self

Labels Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Labels Don’t Tell the Whole Story


It’s Time to Refine Our Understanding of Stewardship

photo filled with of lots of coins
Image by mnplatypus from Pixabay


Joy Isn’t What a Lot of People Think It Is

Woman and dog laughing together in a field
Photo by Marc Pell on Unsplash


They Really Don’t Belong Inside

Mother brown bear with older cub in grass by water
Photo by Jack Charles on Unsplash

For Us Negative Nellies and Anyone Else Who Wants to Be More Positive

orange calendula flower glowing with backlight
Image by Elena Voroniouk from Pixabay


Sooner or Later You must DO Something

Elderly man standing on shore watching a sailboat go by
Are you stuck on the shore? Image by pasja1000 from Pixabay

Normal Isn’t

Seek Better Instead of Normal

Neon sign that reads, Normal Gets You Nowhere
Photo by Samuel Regan-Asante on Unsplash


A Peek into My Process to Conquer Insecurity and Self-criticism

Photo of Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River, with the reservoir behind.
Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River, Washington State, USA. Image by tegawi from Pixabay

Marty Schafer

Sojourner, seeker, backyard theologian/philosopher on

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