Humility: Who doesn’t need it? How to get it?

A problem with “self-esteem” is that it makes it hard to be humble. How can I be humble in a constant cacophony of messages telling me to feel good about myself. The fact these messages are usually paid for by people selling me something does not make it any easier to ignore the shouts: “You [Read More...]

The Most Qualified By Far: On Clinton and Qualifications

Read about Clinton and her run for the White House and phrases like “most qualified” come up often. I have read that she is “the most qualified person to run for President.” Recently, I read a story where a women noted that her over-qualification for the Presidency is a sign of how good women have [Read More...]

Mercy on His Soul – Judgment on His Body

Americans fantasize that we live in an nonjudgmental age or at the very least we (almost) universally judge the judgmental as  lacking in social justice. The reality is that our judgment has grown uncertain in areas where we should be sure and sure in places where it should be uncertain. We are confused about whether [Read More...]

The Most Common Graduation Lie

Some graduation somewhere always features some speaker who tells the graduates that they are a special generation. This tactic is so effective that Pepsi has spent generations using flattery to break Coke’s hold on the market: “you are the generation that will do it.” This has yet to work out for Pepsi, but graduation speakers [Read More...]

A Lie They Will Tell You At Commencement

I have been to more than my share of graduations . . . both as a graduate (four times) and as an officiant. There is a nefarious lie that is repeated at many commencements that many of us go on believing for the rest of our lives: commencement is not an ending but a beginning. [Read More...]

Caesar Isn’t Even That Important

Thank God none of my children is likely to become President of the United States. Instead, they are focused  on English literature, teaching, filmmaking, and creating businesses: the important jobs. If Jane were to decide to give up filmmaking and run for the White House, I would be disappointed, but support her. It is a [Read More...]

Unfit for Office, Secretary Clinton

Abraham Lincoln helped my family secede from Virginia when Virginia seceded from the Union. West Virginia was born and the Reynolds family does not look too often at the party of disunion for a presidential candidate, but it is always nice when the Democratic Party nominates someone who is worth serious thought. The Republic needs [Read More...]

I don’t underestimate you, Dr. Carson, I am Just Not Voting For You

Dear Dr. Carson: You are are a good example of what is right with Christianity and the United States of America. As a communicator, only Governor Huckabee and Senator Rubio can match or surpass you. Your life story, where everyone underestimated you at every life step while God and grit pulled you through, should be required [Read More...]

I never told you: You were my hero.

My cousin J. Paul Mace died a few weeks ago and I never told him a truth: he was one of my heroes. Why didn’t I just tell him? Partly, the song Wind Beneath My Wings ruined that truth for my generation by making saying it feel . . . wrong or forced or trite or [Read More...]

I like Mother’s Day

I know it is a weird holiday . . . not quite real . . . though it was born in my home state of West Virginia and only hijacked by a Hallmark hostile takeover. It can be hard on single friends or those who wish children but cannot have them. Too many people do [Read More...]


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