not trying to force the point. . .

(This is #9 in a series. Find 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , 7 & 8 by clicking on the numbers. It's ok - they're short.) Ok, let's close with Prayer. I know that's a common saying in church and bible studies, and sometimes in other more public, settings, but I mean it in a different way. I... Continue Reading →

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city of patriots

I just returned from a trip to Boston, Massachusetts, USA. I saw more than one sign referring to the city as "The City of Patriots." That made me think. pa·tri·ot  ˈpātrēət/  noun 1. a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. 2.a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government Many men these days claim... Continue Reading →

semantics

So much arguing and so little clarity about so many things. So many people bicker over ideas without defining the terms they are using as they sling their words. But the definitions make all the difference. Some recognize this and use the unrecognized dissonance to their advantage and some assume both sides of the argument... Continue Reading →

55 – again & again

Given the death of my Dad in 1997, (jireh, abba, virilis) for a long time afterwards I was subconsciously or consciously looking for a father figure - a mentor. I found one in Herb Stuart. He brought what I needed to the table: wisdom, truth, love, and just enough sarcasm and irreverence to make the... Continue Reading →

A – he who giveth

 "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out!" Bill Cosby used to do a comedy routine in which a dad would say that to his bratty kid. It was a joke, but in many cases - maybe most cases - he who gives can also take. When the president appoints someone... Continue Reading →

38 – libero

Flat tires blow. Flat tires are a drag. A flat tire can suck the life out of a good ride. On Sunday morning of March 14, 2010, I was sitting under a tree in south Arkansas. I could still see the Louisiana line to the south, and a long road to Hamburg to the north.... Continue Reading →

We the People

In 1789 the Committee on Style, of the Constitutional Convention for the American Colonies, gave the rest of the gentlemen of the Convention the following preamble for the historic document they were drafting: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for... Continue Reading →

19 – deja vu all over again

M and I moved to Arkansas and started over. We had only recently bought our first home in Gulfport and settled into our first real, adult jobs. Now we had relocated to the hills and had to find new jobs, new friends, new church - the whole thing. From scratch. That was intimidating, but we... Continue Reading →

17 – iuris

Oddly enough, "iuris" is latin for both "soup" (gumbo) and "legal authority." That oddity represents 1996 pretty well for me. I was working on an appeal of a conviction of a woman - let's call her Sue - when we found out that M had possible thyroid cancer. More recent experiences with friends have taught... Continue Reading →

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