Tag Archives: Personal

Less Kind

It was the Mormons who first taught me to be rude. When I lived in Dallas, they used to circle the parking lots of malls and department stores on bicycles, targeting shoppers who walked alone.  They were better trained than any used car salesman– any polite decline of their intentions on my part was met …

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Lesser Of

Ignore his party affiliation for a moment, ignore the rhetoric, and just look at the things Barack Obama did. He built over 800 miles of wall along the border with Mexico, and still holds the record for the most deportations. He built thousands of miles of  oil pipeline, declining only to build the last tiny …

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Frame

A frame can be an important thing. It forces you to stop a moment and really look at what’s inside the border.

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Think Different

Invasion, occupation, bombing, assassination, torture; none of those things has brought peace to the Middle East. Maybe the United States could try something different? Peace came to Southeast Asia when America stopped killing people and went home.  Maybe try that?

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Beards

I have a long white beard, and people– even people I don’t know– like to compare me to other people with long beards. The count for 2019: Santa Claus (3 times) ZZ Top (twice) Duck Dynasty (once– I had to look that one up) Gandalf (once) The only one that was really meant to be …

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The Exception

Roger Ebert once said that you shouldn’t remake the good movies, you should remake the bad ones, and I agree with him for the most part. But I would still love to see what Wes Anderson could do with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Three Horrible Families

When I worked in the Alzheimer’s Ward, we seldom saw family members. I don’t blame them. It’s hard for a child to visit a parent who doesn’t recognize them. It’s heartbreaking. But there were a few who visited regularly. There was one son who came in every weekend to play chess with his father. Alzheimer’s …

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Capital H

I had a dream/vision one time that God exhaled and all of humanity came out of His mouth, like telescoping Russian nesting dolls.  Then He inhaled and brought us all back inside. This reminded me of that:  

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At the Doctor’s Office

I took my Dad to the doctor last week.  While he was back getting his ears cleaned, I overheard some of the other patients checking in. One woman didn’t have any insurance, so they required her to pay up-front. She couldn’t, so they sent her away. Another man came in who was about to lose …

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“Stagnation now, stagnation tomorrow, stagnation forever!”

Barack Obama gave a speech recently suggesting that the Democrats were aiming too high. He said they should focus on tiny, incremental, almost unnoticeable change. I hope nobody was listening. The inaction and impotence of his own administration were responsible for the voter apathy that put a game-show host in the White House. If the …

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Homeostasis

From The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon: Excuse me. This is not about protecting my friend. I’m a big fan of homeostasis. Do you know what that is? Penny: Of course not! Sheldon: Homeostasis refers to a system’s ability to regulate its internal environment and maintain a constant condition of properties like temperature or pH. Penny:  …

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Flowers

Mona‘s Uncle Rodney, eighty-three years old and suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, drew us a bouquet of flowers.

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