prayer

The idea of the existence of a god fascinates me. A being that is so big, it spoke the big bang into happening. So infinite that it holds the "infinite" universe like I might hold a towel. So full of omniscience that man's science looks like a toddler discovering his toes. Perhaps even more astounding... Continue Reading →

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Scribendo Cogito

I don't always learn by teaching. Sometimes, I learn by conjuring up some humility, reminding myself that I'm not an expert in - well - anything, and finding someone who IS, and then submitting to their instruction. On this point, for the past several years I have been studying mediation and more specifically, conciliation, methods.... Continue Reading →

flood

I don't like disasters, but I do enjoy seeing people work together. When the Arkansas River waters first began to rise a few weeks ago, I was watching the local and national news and it was full of "us versus them" stories. Republicans v. Democrats, Americans v. Russians, whites v. blacks, liberals v. conservatives -... Continue Reading →

odyssey philia

The Cowboy Junkies were in Franklin, Tennessee Thursday night, which of course warranted a road trip for the Brothers Hogue. (Not to be confused with the Brothers Karamozov - no Russian ties here; except I am a fan of Notes from the Underground, but I digress.) After working an hour on last minute changes to... Continue Reading →

Beauty

People say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. They say it comes from the heart of the holder. Either way, it's not affected by weight, And doesn't fade when you're older.

nice God.3

So much stupid crap has been done in the name of God that I'm surprised He hasn't changed His name. Take the Crusades, to begin with, starting in 1096. (Stay with me - this won't be as boring as it sounds) The crusades were a series of 8 major expeditions by Christian armies to retake... Continue Reading →

nice God.2

Leah. Ironically, this is an anagram of Heal, and tragically so. But it is another word that brings to mind the "niceness" of God, or Dios, or Dieu, or Elohim, or Allah, based on what language you speak. In April of 2014, about the time that 20 families were dealing with the emotional damage of... Continue Reading →

nice God.1

God isn't as nice as I think I would often like Him to be. He isn't as nice as I think most people imagine Him to be. I suspect that many people mentally mold God into a shape that they can comfortably worship, or "celebrate," as is so popular in the 21st century. But when... Continue Reading →

49 yr eval

I'm ok with who I am. It has taken quite some time to get here, but I'm good with me. And as for the people who aren't, well, I don't really care. On the other hand, may they have ethics complaints filed against them. But not by me, because it's not worth my time. I've... Continue Reading →

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