August 2, 2020

Two of my best friends ever no longer talk to me.  I cannot say that it is all their fault, but here is what happened.  Two things have changed significantly in the past few years for me – I went Vegan and I deconstructed my faith.   Both individuals became irritated when I talked about these things online.  Again, I am assuming partial responsibility – I still have some proclivities toward preaching, but the difference of belief systems (how we should… Read more

July 31, 2020

Today we walked through the King of Prussia mall in Pennsylvania.  I’m working here and Laura is here for a week keeping me company.  The mall is so big that we kept getting lost in the mall.  Being an introvert and because of my background, I have some default responses in large crowds of diverse people.  Mainly, I just want to find something to buy so we can leave, but recently some of my default responses have changed. Jesus also… Read more

July 29, 2020

Occasionally, I have a deep, contemplative thought during my day.  I can’t really write about these things while I’m at work, but I think about it all day and then I usually write it down or just post it as a meme on the way home from work on Facebook.   I sort of still believe that the Spirit of God inspires us.  So, these are the top 10 things I’ve been thinking about recently.   I’m not claiming they are absolute… Read more

July 28, 2020

I have identified as a Chrstian for most of my life.  Until recently, I would have proudly defended Christianity on some level even though I always admitted that nobody is perfect and we all have flaws.  But once I got outside of organized relgion, I have been able to see with new eyes and I think Christianity, especially in it’s organized form, has some real problems. Here are some of my observations — they are not scientific — just what… Read more

July 25, 2020

“Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving.  When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means for escape.”  Anonymous We are currently experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has required us to practice what is known as social distancing.  Americans seems to resist any thing that we believe limits our freedom.  Even when the limitations can save our life, we like to think we know what is best for us (even… Read more

July 23, 2020

While I was raising children, I always felt good for just a second when I was retributive.   When they would disobey my commands or lie to me or sneak around behind my back, it felt particularly good, for just a second, to lose it and shame them or embarrass them into submission.  However, almost immediately, I felt remorse for it.  Although it got immediate results, it sometimes caused more damage than it did good.  It was not me at my… Read more

July 21, 2020

A few years ago, I began what most people would call a deconstruction.  I am okay with that term because, it felt like demolition and it seemed necessary.  My old moldy beliefs were only making my life more toxic and some of the interior walls had to come down.  As one belief would be removed, it revealed another problem that had to be addressed until I was left with a shell of a faith—good “bones” as they say, but a… Read more

July 18, 2020

Being with Divine by Karl Forehand   Where can I go to find solace? Where can I got to find rest? Where can I go to find peace that abides? Where can I be at my best?   Where can I go to find comfort? Where can I go to find God? Where can I got to find wisdom that’s true? Where can I get what is not?   The peace that abides lies deep inside, I can’t find it… Read more

July 18, 2020

Recently one of my friends shared how she has practiced yoga for 99 days straight.  Many people congratulated her, but I didn’t hear anyone that said, “Me too.”  Why?  Because exercise, getting in shape and creating healthy habits is hard.  We take a long walk and our bodies seem to scream out warnings that even a little bit of exercise is way more than we are accustomed to.  When I haven’t done yoga, I can feel emotions releasing from my… Read more

July 16, 2020

When we decided not to go to church anymore, we didn’t really know whether this is a permanent decision or just what we are doing right now.  It probably depends upon which one of us you talk to and what day it is.  One thing is for sure, we need some time to heal up from being in church consistently for about 25 years. One Sunday, we went to a café in Nebraska for brunch.  Even though it was Sunday,… Read more

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