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Friday, Apr. 17, 2015
Juror of Last Resort
Posted Monday, March 2, at 12:03 PM
Being on a real live jury would have to be on my "bucket list". It's something I've always wanted to do; and have no personal, political, or philosophical reasons to not serve. I see myself as Henry Fonda in the 1957 movie "12 Angry Men" fighting my closed-minded fellow jurors. The truth would come out because I stood alone in its defense. Or, something like that...

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50 Valentines
Posted Thursday, February 12, at 2:23 PM

My mother claimed for years that it was the same Friday when I had told her I wasn't interested in getting married for at least five years. She claimed she was sure it was right before Valentine's Day. I remember her saying that much clearer than I remember saying it...

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New Year, New World?
Posted Tuesday, January 20, at 7:45 PM

The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay I heard the laughter of her heart in every street café. (Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II, 1940) It has been reported, in The Brazil Times no less, that so-called "same-sex marriages" are now the law of the land -- at least for now and assuming that land is Indiana. As such things tend to go, by the end of 2015, it will be common enough to no longer be a story...

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What keeps me blogging
Posted Sunday, December 28, at 8:27 PM

"Only a blockhead would write for anything but money" (quote attributed to 18th-century writer Samuel Johnson). Since about the fifth grade, teachers and others have said I write well. I've even made a few bucks over the years doing it (none from writing blogs). But, it is hard work and I am inherently lazy (just ask those same teachers and certain editors). As I like to paraphrase the late Larry Gelbart, creator of MASH, "I only write to find out what I'm thinking."...

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Let Christmas begin!
Posted Tuesday, December 9, at 12:58 PM

"Black Friday" with all its opening volley of chaos has come and gone. Let Christmas begin! Ever since I was a kid the combination of shopping chaos and the coming of Christmas has been something of an intellectual and philosophical dichotomy: When I was in the eighth grade we were assigned to write so many words on a topic of our own choice (or something like that, it has been a while). ...

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To do God's work
Posted Wednesday, November 12, at 3:58 PM

In between all the hoopla and hysteria about Ebola, one of TV's talking heads made a very interesting passing comment. She said that the doctors and nurses going to Africa were there "to do God's work" To quote the Vulcan bard, it is "fascinating" that we still think in terms of America sending out missions of mercy as doing God's work. We still speak of God's work as building up and not tearing down, of doing good and not evil. Fascinating also that doing God's work so often falls to American...

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We 49ers
Posted Wednesday, October 29, at 4:00 PM

For those who follow sports at all a mention of the 49ers means the San Francisco NFL football team. Like all sports teams they've had their good years and bad, times of disappointment and drawbacks, victories and accomplishments. They even did good enough to get themselves an actual football place to play...

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That Perfect Day
Posted Monday, October 13, at 12:56 PM

He was, as now recalled, about 19 years old on that perfect day. It was just one of those days when the temperature and the humidity and the light fluffy white clouds floating wistfully across the bluest of skies made weathermen proud. He had a new, off-the-showroom-floor Buick convertible of an indescribably stunning green-blue color never to be seen again. He'd be using it later to pick up a pretty girl, whose name had long since been forgotten...

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Where is God in all this mess?
Posted Wednesday, September 24, at 3:19 PM

If you have not been watching the news lately, don't. About once a week there is a report about a forest fire which has broken out and caused massive damage. Then, almost incidentally, it might be noted that this fire is just one of 30 or so burning across the nation...

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Prayer for Julia Pierson
Posted Thursday, September 11, at 11:58 PM

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people -- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior..." (I Timothy 2.1-3, NIV)...

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"Repent! The End is near!"
Posted Monday, August 18, at 12:08 PM

The "Repent!" part is always useful ("He who is without sin" and all that). The "End is near!" part? Well, maybe. If you are one who braves TV news, chances are you're aware there is a lot of bad stuff going around -- wars and rumors of wars, plagues and pestilence, and yet another go-around involving the nation of Israel...

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Spanking Machine sign-ups
Posted Monday, July 28, at 4:42 PM

Our two eldest granddaughters, bon bonny Britney and the original Hailee Lynn, will all too soon be starting their sophomore year at Northview High School. As the newest part of the back-to-school ritual they went with their father to get new laptop computers. As it is easy to tease granddaughters, I keep bugging them about getting fitted for a "teenage girl size spanking machine"...

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The band, the fish, and the angels
Posted Thursday, July 3, at 12:59 PM

First granddaughter, the original Hailee Lynn, makes a vital contribution to the Northview Marching Band. At least that's how her proud grandparents see the thing. She marches while playing the clarinet. As I could not play even a Kazoo on pitch with or without marching, my admiration goes out to those who have the dedication to master any instrument...

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My father said
Posted Thursday, June 12, at 4:28 PM

No one keeps score. Okay, maybe one of our five children has, but I doubt it. Anyhow, best guess is that I cannot go through any full seven-day period without quoting something my father said or taught. It is interesting sitting here writing this that I can't come up with a list of things my father said; seems like it takes circumstance to bring something specific to mind. As I get old (and I am) it worries me that I've told the same thing to the same person too many times before...

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Ordinary Pains Praying
Posted Wednesday, May 21, at 11:31 AM

"Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows." (Luke 12.6,7, KJV) As a regular part of the morning services at Christ Community Church there is an open invitation for those who wish prayer. ...

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The Art of Hermeneutics
Posted Monday, May 12, at 12:52 PM

One of the Bible verses my mother made me learn as a child, and which she herself repeated often, was II Timothy 2.15: "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." This was one of many things which came back to me Sunday morning as Pastor Rich Laskowski of Christ Community Church continued the study on actually studying the Bible. ...

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Assignment #1
Posted Monday, April 28, at 3:26 PM

Sunday morning something occurred to me at church and it seemed like there'd be a Scripture related to it. Of course, I knew about where to look. This is a way I feel-out whether the Spirit is trying to hammer something into my dull mind -- if I can more-or-less remember where it is in the Bible. A little more assured if I can remember the book and chapter, alerted if the exact verse comes to mind (or my Bible "coincidentally" opens thereto)...

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Demise of XP is killing me
Posted Monday, April 14, at 5:05 PM

Those few and brave souls who read these meandering blogs with any regularity may be familiar with the fact that most of my "retirement" days are spent helping #2 son, Nathan, run Computer Central. If it weren't for this I'd have nothing to do but sit home and watch endless reruns of Law & Order...

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BREAKING NEWS!
Posted Wednesday, April 2, at 10:08 AM

Taking the risk that one will be forgiven for paraphrasing Rachel, Queen of the Nightline: "Here is the latest news about the missing airplane.. "There is no new news about the missing airplane... "There has been no new news about the missing airplane for four days.....

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Six ways to observe the elephant
Posted Monday, March 24, at 10:58 AM

Recently, there was opportunity to interrupt my busy schedule for five relaxing days visiting old friends at one of the area's finest spots for lounging, Union Hospital. The fun-filled climax to this Medicare-paid visit was an excursion to its heart-catheterization lab!...

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