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Shocked, Shocked

I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.Your winnings, sir.Oh, thank you very much. The ironically humorous exchange with Rick and Captain Renault in the movie Casablanca came to mind as I witnessed the events of today. I am shocked, shocked… Truthfully, the modicum of […]

Thanksgiving 2020

Twenty-20 has been quite a year. A pandemic. Economic upheaval. Political unrest. Social, cultural and racial disharmony. Indeed, 20-twenty has been quite the year. It can be easy to fall prey to seeing the year as one to just survive and quickly forget. Still, with 365 sunrises and sunsets of opportunity, and in spite […]

Like Your Life Depends on It

Today is Monday, November 2, 2020. It’s the day before an election in the United States of America. In my six score (plus) years of life, I don’t recall a similar time of speculation, anxiety and fear associated with an election. As the headline of an article today read, “The […]

Sunshine

I woke this morning at my usual time, 5am. It seems my body didn’t get the memo that Sacramento County has restricted all but necessary travel. A bit more sleep in exchange for a physical commute just didn’t happen. What to do with the extra time? (1) Stay in bed and hope I’ll […]

Who You Gonna Call?

In the summer of 1984, a campy comedy was released and quickly became a a box-office hit. Ghostbusters was a sci-fi movie that pitted the forces of good and evil in a light-hearted way. Seriously, who can really fear the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, even if he’s 10-stories tall and crushing everything […]

In Purell We Trust

In God We Trust. It’s the ubiquitous phrase on our currency. We see it. We spend it. Life goes on. The phrase “In God We Trust” first appeared on a two-cent piece in 1864. Ironically, it was at a time of incredible national turmoil and civil war: the Battle of […]

Independence Day

I confess to being an occasional ear hustler. I am intrigued with how we connect (or not) through conversation. From a child’s incessant whining for a parent’s attention to the nervous banter between a couple on a first date. To borrow from the commercial, I know a thing or two […]

What Unites Us?

What unites us as friends, family and most importantly believers in Christ our Lord and Savior? We generally share common backgrounds or interests with our friends. For example, we may have grown up in the same city, attended school together or grew up in nearby neighborhoods. And friends typically share […]

Summer Break, Not Really!

Our weekly Tuesday bible study took the annual summer break last week. We have been systematically studying the 2nd Letter to Timothy written by Apostle Paul. It has been an interesting and most enjoyable lesson in life. So many times we think the bible was written for “those people” back […]

What are You Prepared to Do?

It sure seems that we’ve arrived at time and place when things seem to be spiraling out of control. In the musical words of the late Marvin Gaye, indeed, “What’s going on?” Sadly (or reassuringly), there is a constant and consistent theme. Well over two millennia ago the poet was […]