My Parents, circa 1978

My brother Donald took these pictures of my Mom and Dad in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, sometime around 1978 (I was in High School at the time). … [Read more...]

Interfaith Atlanta

If you live in or near Metro Atlanta, and are interested in joining the great conversation between persons of different religions, faiths, and/or wisdom traditions, here are a few online resources to get you started:ATLANTA INTERFAITH LEADERS FELLOWSHIP — An informal organization for bringing together persons of all faiths who share an interest in interfaith world. The fellowship's mission is "to provide a gathering place where persons engaged in interfaith work can share ideas and e … [Read more...]

Autumn in Atlanta

Okay, so our trees don't get quite as bold in their colors as you'll find in Minnesota or Vermont... but the hardwoods in Georgia still know how to put on a show, and the last few days have been particularly lovely here in Atlanta. Yesterday morning as I was heading out to speak at a Sunday School class, I noticed that the Japanese Maple in our front yard is just about at its peak, so I took this snapshot. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

Letting Go

I have a friend who is a hoarder. He owns somewhere in the vicinity of 25,000 books, along with numerous DVDs and videos. He's in his seventies, so this represents a lifetime of collecting. His house is jammed full of the things, along with a large storage shed in his back yard, not to mention two off-site storage units. His wife is furious, and he is slowly coming to the painful realization that a lifelong dream of his — that he could merrily collect books and spend his retirement years reading … [Read more...]

Is Facebook Evil?

Still pondering the many wonderful comments to appear on this blog over the past two days, mostly in response to my post Of Death, Dementia, and Dear Old Friends. In that post I talk about using Facebook to (re)connect with old acquaintances and friends. Predictably, comments seemed to be about evenly divided between those who agreed with me about Facebook's usefulness, and those who decried it as an ersatz form of relating. One comment in particular really caught my eye: i used to look at … [Read more...]

Freshly (Im)Pressed, or, the Challenge of Writing

First of all, a big shout out and "thank you" to the good folks of Wordpress.com who chose my post from yesterday, Of Death, Dementia and Dear Old Friends, to be featured on their "Freshly Pressed" page. This is the first time a post from this blog made it onto that site (where they daily feature about 11 selections from over a half million daily Wordpress blog posts), and my site's traffic tripled! So "hello" to everyone who is just now discovering my little blog thanks for "Freshly Pressed." I … [Read more...]

Of Death, Dementia, and Dear Old Friends

I learned yesterday that an old friend of mine — someone I haven't seen since the late 1980s, and haven't even spoken with since 1997 — is alive but in advanced dementia. I had lost touch with her, and someone had told me, erroneously, a few years back that she had died. I'm happy to learn that my friend lives, even if under the cruel sentence of the loss of memory and reason. I'm going to write her a letter and basically introduce myself to her and say that her friendship meant a lot to me. Eve … [Read more...]


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