Reasons for Gratitude

We’re again headed into a Thanksgiving season I wasn’t sure we’d see, not after living through ten years of a spiraling descent into chaos around us. Most of us are sickened by the discord in this country that is caused by foreign interference, exacerbated by all so-called national leaders involved … Read more…

God is No Respecter of Persons

Deep pain results from hearing someone say, “It’s their own fault” when someone whose life doesn’t meet their definition of righteous is murdered. It’s a torment that doesn’t easily go away. Everything in this fallen world too often reeks of tragedy: From the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida in … Read more…

You Are Unique!

I’ve felt sad for a long time whenever I’ve seen people trying to live up to the expectations of others, whether the aspirations stem from family, peers, co-workers, or culture. It is forced upon them, and some cultures are more cruel to their children about excellence at all costs than … Read more…

Terrifying Wildfires

Pain almost swallows you when you try to write – about anything – when your next door-neighborhoods have residents running for their lives from the horror of explosive wildfires!  You know that only by the Grace of God has your section of a sprawling metropolis been spared so far. It’s … Read more…

It Isn’t Just Religion or Politics

Almost anyone past the age of 11 knows not to say anything even a tiny bit controversial about your religion or your parents’ opinion of the current political mess. That means not even within your own family — unless you want to turn important dinners or other family get-togethers into … Read more…

Are You an Introvert? Yay!

Is your son cautious? Bravo! Has your daughter been told she’s shy? Good for her! Society as a whole does not value introverts, even though introverts are variously estimated at 1/3 to ½ the U.S. population, more or less. Everyone is supposed to get out there and do whatever other … Read more…

My Non-Review of a Book

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a non-fiction, non-religious book. I won’t name the author or the book because only a few pages into it, I found myself disagreeing with a major premise, and greatly disliking his repeated use of a four-letter word. A more polite substitute carries the … Read more…

Why Do We Ask Nosy Questions?

Now and then every single one of us – man or woman – asks a question that we immediately regret asking. Oh, shoot, why did I say that? Even before the complete thought left our mouth, we suddenly realized with horror how stupid or inappropriate it was. A rather common … Read more…

Sometimes God Sends An Angel

When the chips are down, for ourselves or for someone we know who so desperately needs help, we need Divine intervention. This may not come unless we ask for it, and it’s better if we ask sooner rather than later. Not always what we expect Even then, God’s answers may … Read more…

Abuse Is Never Justified or Deserved

Most religious communities teach husbands, wives, and children to love, honor, respect, and nurture each other. In the most enlightened, “obedience” is somewhat downplayed because when it comes right down to it, we only owe obedience to God (and to those civil authorities who can otherwise make life unpleasant for … Read more…