Where the Lost Things Go: What Mary Poppins, Death, & the Afterlife Have in Common

How are we supposed to cope with the loss of our loved ones while on this side of the veil? Is there reason for hope of life beyond the grave for them; for us? Or is it all vain and meaningless? What if I don’t think the person lived a “good enough” life, is there still hope for them that I can cling to if there is a Heaven & Hell? These matters of grief and hope are covered in this article, sparked by the song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” in the movie “Mary Poppins Returns”.

The Truth of the Matter

I wanted to have this article published nearly two months ago, but with the difficulty of the subject and the busyness of life, I had to delay it. My wife and I (somewhat) recently went to see the movie Mary Poppins Returns in theaters and I was captivated by how well done the movie was, but I was particularly drawn in by a song in the movie called “The Place Where Lost Things Go”. (Some spoilers ahead!) This song is about Mary Poppins finding a way to comfort the three children in the film (Anabel, John, & Georgie) who had recently lost their mother. To add to their confusion about losing their mother, their father (Michael Banks) is caught up in financial struggles while trying to keep up with the craziness of life without his wife, whom it seems he has had little time to properly grieve. This is where…

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Bridging the Gap

In honor of the one year anniversary of “The Truth of the Matter”, here is the article that started it all!

The Truth of the Matter


There is a problem in our Western culture that doesn’t appear to be getting better. The practice of open and honest dialogue is slowly disappearing. Too often we selfishly preserve our beliefs by shutting down the dialogue that we wish to avoid. We react before thinking. We assume first and ask questions later. We assert our view before considering another. We make others hear us before we will listen. I’m sure that at some point we all have been guilty of this. But when we do this, we choose to keep the door to our echo chamber closed.

Let’s Talk…

This conversational deficit not only creates more walls that divide our already divided society, but it also diminishes opportunities for honest dialogue to occur. That would include discussing some of the most important questions to consider in this life: Why am I here? Who am I? What is the meaning…

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