common denominators 5/?

As I said previously, after a pleasant lunch and good conversation with Pastor Strong of Brown's Chapel, I set off into the Alabama summer heat, south toward the coast. The ride was uneventful, which is sometimes a good thing. Punctuated by a couple of light rain sprinkles and otherwise intermittently sunny roads with little traffic,... Continue Reading →

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common denominators 4/?

Right, then. Obviously, by the title, this is installment 4 in a series of some unspecified number of posts.  Ironic maybe that I'm not naming the denominator in my own fractions, but whatever. I would suggest reading 1, 2, & 3 in order to help this one make more sense. What if we look at... Continue Reading →

common denominators 3/?

Unless you're fairly young, haven't studied much history at all, or haven't cared enough about it to remember when you did hear the stories, you've heard of Selma, Alabama. Sadly, it is not famous so much as infamous, like Salem, Massachusetts - its anagram. The common denominator between the two is fierce bravery met with... Continue Reading →

common denominators 2/?

I look forward to this trip every year, for the dual reasons of working with youth at our church camp in Florida and the motorcycle trip down. I pick a different route to the same location every year, and this year I chose to travel a northern route through these southern states, stopping in Oxford, ... Continue Reading →

common denominators 1/?

I'm no mathematician, by any stretch. As a matter of fact, I once met the guy who invented the Apple Airport while he was setting up wifi for the same Belizean village we were in. As I was the cook in our camp, I was making pancakes one morning and he insisted on paying for... Continue Reading →

Lippy is a funny name.

I can't tell you her age, because as far as I could tell she was ageless. But as I approach 50, I am gaining an appreciation for cheerful people. Don't tell anybody though. I still cajole them for having such an "unrealistic" point of view, but deep down, I envy them and to some degree... Continue Reading →

#apathy

If blessings are a joy, and curses tear down or build strength, depending on the receiver, apathy allows rot. Blessings are good for the soul, and curses can be blessings in disguise, but apathy - indifference - even God doesn't tolerate it. 15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were... Continue Reading →

#cursing

Voodoo Death is a real thing. I'm not saying this out of superstition either - at least not out of my own superstition. I took a sociology class on the occult in college in Louisiana. In that class we read studies in which coroners or medical examiners found some causes of death to be the... Continue Reading →

#cursed

If you've read some of my posts you would understand that I've struggled with depression through much of my life (inceptivus, caligo, view from a hole). You would also see that I have dealt with anxiety fairly regularly (Deus Patria Ipse, vita). It would further be evident that I have wandered through significant doubts and... Continue Reading →

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