Tag Archives: Personal

Spring 66

The little one is me.  It was 1966, and I was three years old.    I’m sitting on the back porch steps in Marion, Ohio.  Beside me is a little jar of solution for blowing soap bubbles. Grampy is sitting beside me.  I don’t think anyone, not even my parents, ever loved me as much …

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Not “doctors,” “Germ Warriors!”

Can America do anything without couching it in military jargon?  Donald Trump is not a “war president” fighting an “invisible enemy.” He has a health crisis, and he’s floundering.

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Phoenix

My wife Mona started dialysis a few weeks ago. For now we are doing the dialysis at the facility, but we are being trained to do it at home. Once the training is complete, we’ll go home with a small dialysis machine (about the size of a home stereo) and a month’s worth of supplies, …

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Local Response

Mona is a dialysis patient now, and they have a lot of new procedures in place at the dialysis center because of the coronavirus. There is a box of paper facemasks at the front desk, and we have been instructed to immediately put one on upon arrival.  A nurse then takes our temperature.  If either …

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On to the next one!

I’m reading You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe, ©1940, and I’m at that horrible point where I’m not really enjoying it anymore, but I’ve invested so much time I hate to walk away without finishing it. He writes beautifully.  The problem is that he hates everybody. I’m 165 pages in to a 744 …

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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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