The Selfie

Some of the major English dictionaries select a "Word of the Year."  The word is selected basically on its frequency of use in the past year.  Selfie was the Oxford Dictionary word of the year in 2013, because Oxford research noticed a 17,000% increase in its use since the previous year. So popular the word, people... Continue Reading →

Capital “T” Truth

Banting and Best with the first dog ever treated with insulin In 1922, at the University of Toronto, scientists went to a hospital ward with children who were comatose and dying from diabetic keto-acidosis. Imagine a room full of parents sitting at the bedside waiting for the inevitable death of their child. On that day... Continue Reading →

Boredom, Part 2

In 1947, the year I was born, television had been invented and was being used in some U.S. households that could be measured in the thousands. However, by the late 90's, 98% of U.S. homes had at least one television that was one for more than 7 hours per day. Early television was primitive compared... Continue Reading →

Eucharist

"Alan Street in his book Subversive Meals has shown how the Eucharist is a table that deliberately subverts the exclusionary table of the empire. " From Gift and Task by Walter Brueggemann, page 373. According to Brueggemann, the greedy leaders of the empire don't look out for their "flock" but only for their own interest.... Continue Reading →

It’s the American way!

In the last blog post, "Enough is enough," we talked about a charitable organization that annually sends millions of shoeboxes filled with trinkets, socks, and candy to Third World children with the claim that it was doing immeasurable good for the recipients. In point of fact, it does far less good that it claims to... Continue Reading →

Enough is enough!

What's not to love about a smiling child opening a box of Christmas treasures? Especially when the child is poor, Third World, and whose parents are unable to provide such wonders. Every year millions of these Christmas boxes are sent all over the world. In the year 2016 the sponsor of these boxes was hoping... Continue Reading →

Wearing Masks

Masks were worn in the Greek theatre for a variety of reasons. One was to enable a single individual to play multiple roles simply by changing a mask. Masks were also used as a sort of portable microphone system, with its built-in megaphone. It was quite an effective "technology" for the huge amphitheaters before which... Continue Reading →

Truth & Integrity

Proverbs is the name of the ancient book of Wisdom in the Bible. It is a collection of sayings that shed light on how to live with wisdom and discernment in the world. The ancients were preoccupied with wisdom; in fact, a whole section of the Old Testament was devoted to looking for what is... Continue Reading →

Truth and Moishe

No one believed Moishe the Beadle (fictional character).  He was the keeper of the synagogue in Sighet, Hungary in Elie Wiesel's famous book Night.  Sighet was Wiesel's hometown. In the summer of 1941, Hungarian authorities rounded up approximately 20,000 Jews who had not been able to acquire Hungarian citizenship, and deported them to German-occupied Poland.... Continue Reading →

What story do you buy?

I was a middle-aged lady, set in my ways, when I decided to be baptized.  And when that water poured over my head, I realized the big problem with my new religion:  God actually lives in other people.  I couldn't be a Christian by myself.  I couldn't choose who else was my brother and sister.... Continue Reading →

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