August 7, 2022

‘Listen to the doctor.’ For those of you who have ridden this trail with me over the years, you know sometimes, I find a song—or instrumental, and spin that thing until the repeat button breaks on my I-Phone. As I write this, I am listening to it for the Nth time. There has been a recent run by me on Doobie Brother songs to make my point, whatever the hell it was, I was writing about.  Before there was Woke,... Read more

July 23, 2022

JUST US I’m a retired widower. I know I know most of you thought I was some thirty-sevenish year old commodities option fur trader on the NASDAQ. Someone who drives a Bentley and eats steak with broccoli. Someone who summers in British Columbia and winters in Quartzite. But I’m just a guy.      I like things I like Gordon Lightfoot and would go to his concerts at Gammage decades ago. He is still alive—touring. I like The Raconteours playing... Read more

July 15, 2022

CAN CHRISTIANS HAVE SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE???? I was asked to write on a topic for Patheos. There was a list of topics and I penned another a few weeks ago which, apparently, they liked-at least to the point where they trusted I was not writing with crayons in my dead mother’s basement. I’m sixty-four so that would have made her, well, dead. There was a list of topics and I picked this one. Sex is always a good seller. I... Read more

July 14, 2022

OUR OWN OPTICS We live in a world of ‘optics.’ A word used too much, I think. I remember when it was used for a scope on a rifle. “Hey Charlie, what kind of scope optics you got on that there Remington? Bet you can pluck a tick off a hound dog’s back leg with it, eh?” For the life of me, I don’t know why you would want to shoot a tick with a Remington. Seems like a little... Read more

July 10, 2022

GOD DOESN’T ALWAYS SHOW UP Most of the time, in my life, and in particular since 2018, God hasn’t shown up. He’s there-here-everywhere, but most of the time, it’s like He’s walking around the house with socks on. He steps over the sleeping dogs, somehow moves down the hallway and through the rooms where the first steps of mine in the morning, reset the tile with my steps, their expansion and contraction causing a popping sound as they fall back... Read more

July 6, 2022

A CHANGE IS COMING I am-maybe, no longer a Night Panther guy. I need to change my deodorant. It’s not the name or the smell. I think my body is starting to find a way to smell bad even with it on. Look, I am from a generation following the Greatest Generation. My father wore Mennen Skin Bracer and Right Guard aerosol spray, because, back then I guess, the O-Zone was starting to smell a little B-Oish. I kept the tradition... Read more

July 1, 2022

Why Does God Allow Suffering? Gosh, I hear this a lot. It is a great question. It is a key question to God, to our faith and one we need to be able to answer, if not just in a general way. The shoulder-shrugging I don’t know answer doesn’t cut it with most people who are on the fence about their faith and is a main finger-pointing answer to those who do not believe. “See, even you can’t answer that... Read more

June 26, 2022

Declaration of Independence I WONDER WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE…. I wonder what I would have done, what I would have been like, 246 years ago this week. 246 years ago, was the week before the Declaration of Independence was signed and read on July 4th. I wonder what I would have been like, listening to the man reading it on the steps of the building he and a group of men were locked up in, blinds closed, doors locked... Read more

June 18, 2022

Happy Father’s Day, Dad! If you are not a father this Father’s Day, you might be later or you will have young children who are watching you. Kids love to watch adults. Just some points for your review which I have learned or am learning about doing the hard things:      Start with a win When you wake, make your bed first thing. Start with a win. Start the coffee in the morning. It means you’re on deck first.... Read more

June 12, 2022

SOMETIMES, IT IS OKAY TO REST Sometimes, a refreshing beverage is just enjoyed. In the right place, it glows like a welcoming beacon from a comfortable lighthouse to ships at sea for long periods of time. It could be a soft drink, a non-calorie sparkling water, a beer, a glass of wine, or even a good scotch whiskey. The drink signifies a time when rest is in order. When life and the business of it, can take a seat and... Read more




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