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Mirror, Mirror

I find it interesting (ironic?) how—as the saying goes, things change and yet remain the same. Walt Kelly summed up the situation concerning pollution very well on Earth Day in 1971 with the now famous comic strip. Indeed, the enemy is us.  It’s all too easy to objectify things and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Would I Fast?

When I hear the word “fasting,” I often think, oh no, I can’t enjoy my favorite entrées and desserts. And when my pastor invites the congregation to fast and pray, it may create a few concerns among people with dietary and medical restrictions. According to Matthew 6:16-18, to “fast” means […]

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 […]

Dangers of Independence

It starts when we are first brought into this world; everything about our existence is dependency based when the doctor hands us over to our parents. Survival is based on how well our guardians are going to take care of us. The only things we can do is breathe, blink, […]

Those People

How many times have I found it almost impossible to pray for “those people?” If you have ever been mistreated by someone, you know what I mean when I say “those people.” The message I heard in church today really hit home with me. I found myself questioning how I […]