Alert, alert!

 A recent, local radio program gave listeners information about a local emergency alert system.  The free service provides residents information that could be helpful in the event of weather, health, public safety, and other emergencies. Our local paper reported in May that only about 1500 residents had signed up for the service.  This is a... Continue Reading →

Discouragement Is A Bacteria

Discouragement is a bacteria That lives microscopically On the door knobs of our lives And infects hosts opportunistically. Discouragement lives in a colony Dormant without a reason Wanting to spring to action Waiting for a time to spread its poison. Discouragement loves dark shrouded places Where light cannot approach it Nor a ray of hope... Continue Reading →

Great is Diana!

Ephesus was a city in ancient Turkey, and it was the location of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a colossal temple to the goddess Diana, also called Artemis. Having a temple to one of the gods in your town was like being near Yosemite or the Eiffel Tower.  People flock to... Continue Reading →

White Frame Church

In the 80's a little white frame church building used to sit on the road between Lubbock and Lamesa (long e), Texas. It was a very small building that could have seated 50 at the most. On Sunday mornings you'd probably find just a handful of congregants, all silver-haired. The absence of change either of... Continue Reading →


"Sue" was a woman I used to know. Unattractive mole-like bumps grew all over her face making her very unattractive, and I wanted to look away when she talked to me. It was not a mature reaction on my part. Visceral and primitive, yes. Mature, no. What I was experiencing was the psychological phenomenon of... Continue Reading →

Just walking around…

The ancient Greeks had a word that literally meant to walk around. But it meant more than that. It was often used to talk about how one lives. In the ancient world, "walking around" was euphemistic for the places you went and the things you did. And as we all know, those places and things... Continue Reading →

When the world hates you…

A woman in her dream wedding gown stood at the back of the church sanctuary, the Wedding March about to begin, and she told her father that she did not want to go through with the wedding.  He did not give her the answer she expected but rather said that she should not marry this... Continue Reading →

Continental Drift

Pacific Island Travel says that Point Reyes National Seashore is, "a rogue piece of the earth’s crust that has been drifting slowly...northward along the San Andreas Fault, having started some six million years ago as a suburb of Los Angeles." It's an interesting image - a piece of land that is hundreds of miles north of... Continue Reading →


tr.v. co-opt·ed, co-opt·ing, co-opts 1. To take or assume for one's own use; appropriate: co-opted the criticism by embracing it.  2. To neutralize or win over (an independent minority, for example) through assimilation into an established group or culture. "Happy Easter" the salesperson chirped as I left with my purchases. I feel like Andy Rooney in my curmudgeon-ness.... Continue Reading →

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