Understanding the Times
It’s Never Not Been Divided

It’s Never Not Been Divided

It's never not been divided; America, that is or the church for that matter. Christians always had our issues too.  And we have too often behaved badly. But YOWZA!  We ALL need to get a grip! Has anybody looked at the drought, fires, and the uptick in COVID variants —...

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How Are You?

How Are You?

How are you, asks one character or another on almost every episode of both our latest binge-watch series.  (Coming Up With Better Questions) Sometimes two and three times during a single episode, one character approaches a person who has either witnessed or...

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Another Nightmare

Another Nightmare

Awakened by Another Nightmare My early morning dream jolted me awake. What did it mean? Maybe it reflected the uncertainty I feel in uncertain times. In this dream — another nightmare — I have double booked myself with one too many appointments and am frantically...

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Maybe You Have Heard . . .

Maybe You Have Heard . . .

Maybe you have heard that the terrifying collapse of a condominium in Florida was not without warning. Three years previously, engineers had presented their findings of serious foundational issues to the condominium board.  (Miami Building Collapse, NYT) They found, ...

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Elinor’s Observation Works for Me

Elinor’s Observation Works for Me

The Observation Still Works Elinor Dashwood’s observation works for me: she expressed the restraint our current events necessitates:  “And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.” (Sense in Sensibility)  Just...

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The Learning Curve Continues

The Learning Curve Continues

As this pandemic continues, the learning curve continues, and seems to lengthen. How teachable am I willing to be? This time last year, I anticipated a learning curve because of the shock of COVID-19*  Quarantining, masking, social distancing, vaccinating, etc — these...

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Is It Over Yet?

Is It Over Yet?

Is it over yet? This really should be over. Seriously. I am almost two weeks past my second shot, and I need to be getting on with my life! Wait -- Did someone say "FOURTH surge"? Researchers NPR spoke to all cautioned that public policy and Americans' behavior can...

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