partisan

Upon attending the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's performance of Schuman's Symphony No. 9 (Le fosse Ardeatine) in February, I learned something very interesting, at least to me. That thing, the concept that I learned, took me by surprise as I listened to the explanation of the eerie, minor-keyed symphony. It involves the etymology of the word... Continue Reading →

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perspective

I do not subscribe to the platitude that "everyone wants to get along with others." I heard someone say this recently, but I don't think so. At least not by my definition of "getting along." Some want to get along as long as they have control. Some want to get along as long as they... Continue Reading →

let justice roll

So much. Misconduct. Bad behavior. Accusations. Ruined lives. Ruined careers. Battered victims. Lying "victims." Lying perpetrators. Battered "perpetrators." Allegations have been flying lately. I see myriads of people making a lot of assumptions that would strengthen their own political views if true, but I don't see that many people with a substantial set of facts... Continue Reading →

Terminal force

(This is #11 and the final installment in a series. Find 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 by clicking on the numbers. It's ok - they're mostly short.) So, obviously I'm against "forcing it," at least when it comes to imposing my will or beliefs or values on others, anyway. From my viewpoint, Neither Jehovah... Continue Reading →

the consequence of forcing it

There are so many types of "forcing it." I have addressed several already, in the precursors to this post: 1, 2, 3, and 4. I have suggested that as a general rule, subject to some exceptions of course, we should focus our attention on ourselves when forcing things (i.e. self-discipline) and we should not impose... Continue Reading →

#blessing

So now that I recognize that I have received and am receiving His blessings, how do I turn it around? How do I bless others? "Do to others what you would have them do to you." I've tried that with lots of people, and I never got the returns on it I wanted. But then... Continue Reading →

persecution?

When I was in high school or college, I was immature enough to believe I had experienced persecution for my christian beliefs. (caligo, etc) But now, at 48, I look back and I'm convinced that I wasn't undeservingly "persecuted" for christian beliefs so much as I reaped what I sowed for some judgmental jackass-ness. I... Continue Reading →

God is good

A popular christian song says: "God is good all the time He put a song of praise in this heart of mine God is good, yes He is, all the time Through the darkest night, His light will shine God is good, yes he is, God is good All the time, here we go!" In... Continue Reading →

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