I am a man uneasy with vagueness, approximations, and the lack of specificity. For me, “Close enough” is the mission statement of mediocrity. I am an analytical, left-brain, logical, linear thinker that finds peace, confidence, and comfort in knowing specifics and details. Formulas are meant to be followed. Recipes specify ingredients for a reason. Deviations … Continue reading Clarifying Confusing Culinary Terms
But then, maybe they had “pro-choice” abolitionists in 1860 too.This may be one of those moments when passion overcomes prudence, as I cannot remain silent in the face of such seduction. This may be one of those moments when passion overcomes prudence, as I cannot remain silent in the face of such seduction. We have … Continue reading The Right to Choose…What?
Friends, Today, January 23rd, is National Reading Day. Reading is something many of us take for granted, but after hearing my wife share about her own experience of learning to read English, I asked permission to share her story on my blog. I hope you find it encouraging as well. ***************************************************************** The Summer I Learned … Continue reading The Summer I Learned to Read
Once upon a time I was a Zygote. No, that is not a villain in some Star Wars universe or a character from the Walking Dead. A zygote is that single cell of life first formed when conception occurs. The creation of the zygote usually occurs in a mother’s fallopian tubes. Once … Continue reading I Was Once A Zygote
New Year’s Day may be the start of a new year, but it marks the beginning of a month known for celebrating two key events. The third Monday of the month, on January 18th this year, honors the birthday of America’s best known Civil Rights Leader, Martin Luther King Jr. And in so doing, … Continue reading Virtues That Define Us
Apparently, in an effort to be more gender- and deity-inclusive, House Democratic Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri ended the opening prayer of 117th Congress this past Sunday with “Amen and a-woman.” I guess he forgot to say, “a-person.” Was he making a joke? Nobody is laughing. To make matters even more confusing, Rep. Cleaver is … Continue reading Amen to That!
It’s that time of year to unpack from storage that word we only seem to use in January. You know what I am talking about - Resolutions. One could argue that human nature being what it is, that the annual practice of making New Year’s Resolutions is but an exercise in futility. Eventually, we all … Continue reading A Resolution of Words for 2021
Church choir directors are fond of saying that he who sings, prays twice. I think I understand why. What is it about the singing of Christian hymns that give expression to the deepest yearnings of our hearts? For many years I have marveled at the beauty of these ageless carols. The way the words seem … Continue reading My Soul Felt Its Worth
Unless you own stock in face masks, hand sanitizers, and ZOOM, you probably cannot wait for 2021 to arrive. Such anticipation carries with it the hopes of a vaccine and life returning to normal. Though I suspect the new normal will only be a state of constant change. The negative consequences of this pandemic have … Continue reading Safe at Home – Part 2
A title like “Safe at Home” sounds more like a commentary on life in the midst of the 2020 pandemic. Not exactly. Keep reading. It was the bottom of the ninth in the seventh and final game of the 1992 Major League Baseball’s National League Championship Playoff series. The Atlanta Braves, hoping to return to … Continue reading Safe At Home