Bite-sized Sample

A Morsel from Food For Thought: An Appetizer

Bite-sized Sample Castle RestaurantOur family lived in Europe from 2012-2015.  We experienced some amazing things.  One of those was to eat at a 3-star Michelin-rated restaurant set in a former castle.  I fondly remember that meal for many reasons, not the least of which is that it was the first time the taste of food ever made me cry!  I digress, but one of the things I remember most clearly was the service of one bite-sized sample after another.

The chef at that castle restaurant was so proud of his art, and rightly so.  No doubt, he studied hard and honed his culinary gifts with years of experience before he produced such fine cuisine.  Reaching that level, he desired to share his gifts.  Not out of arrogance, but because gifts, by nature, are meant to be given – and received by others.  Our expressions of joy at tasting each bite-sized sample became our gift to him.

Am I a world-class chef?  No.  I’m not sure I’m a world-class anything!  I know this, though… I have studied hard and had experiences in my life that helped me earn a reputation for excellence, particularly in the fields of catechesis and theology.  Students, parents, parishioners, and even priests come to me when they don’t know how to answer certain questions regarding the Catholic faith or related issues.  It’s true.  When I’m at a loss, I dig and dig until I find those answers.  It’s my passion, just like our chef, and I need to share my gift with others.

With these things in mind, I offer just a bite-sized sample from my first booklet, Food For Thought: An Appetizer.  Of all the questions in the booklet, this is the only personal one.  I believe it’s a good insight into who I am, and I hope it will entice you to read the rest of the booklet and share it with your friends.  It’s available for sale by using the links on the sidebar – or get it for free by signing up for my newsletter!  Without further ado, I hope you enjoy what follows.

Hello and Welcome!

Hello and welcome!  It’s nice to meet you.  I’m Cayman Gabriel.

Like my “About Me” section says, I’m a guy who is involved in a lot of different ventures.  I teach, blog, write books, podcast.  I speak to interested groups.

I’ve been a teacher since Y2K.  By 2008, I received nominations twice for the Golden Apple Award, which a teacher can only receive once in his career.  Most never do, including many who were/are more deserving than I.  In any case, I was at the peak of my teaching career and I hadn’t been teaching ten years yet.  Since I had my dream job, I just kept plugging away and figured I would until I retired.

Something More

Despite my love of teaching and desire to influence adolescents for the better, I always felt called to something more… something greater.  Taking stock of my gifts, I knew it would have something to do with communicating from the heart.  To me, that meant writing and speaking.  Realizing that in itself was not enough, until a series of events transpired in the Spring of 2017.