Understanding the Times
Headlines and Personal Examples

Headlines and Personal Examples

A Personal Headline Of all today’s headlines that upset me, here’s: The Queen missed the opening of Parliament . . . this is was a big headline for me!  The U.K.'s Parliament opens for the first time in six decades without the queen Throughout my life she has been a...

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Base Ingratitudes

Base Ingratitudes

A recent Lenten meditation “inspired”  my most recent painting. (Art & Theology: Lent, Day 20.) Then, a phrase, BASE INGRATITUDES,  from a favorite old book became its name. The figure in Caitlin Connolly’s  painting is carrying something — and in these past four...

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Appliances and What They Teach Me

Appliances and What They Teach Me

Appliances are a mixed blessing; they teach me over and over the limitations of my knowledge. But where would I be without them?(!) Whether it is the TV, my phone, or, this time, a refrigerator, I do not  understand what makes them work, no matter how detailed or...

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What Am I Wired For?

What Am I Wired For?

These are times that make me wonder what I am wired for. It certainly is NOT the twenty-four hour news cycle! We just aren’t wired for this much information, my friend observed.   A true truth: as the world enters its third week, more than a few of my wires feel...

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A Shadow over the Rape of  Ukraine

A Shadow over the Rape of Ukraine

Daily, I feel like I am watching a slow-motion rape of an independent nation by another --  even as news reports the fierce Ukrainian  resistance  and all nations in the world save four condemned the brutal assault.   For all the Bible I say I know,  why do I keep...

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What is Serenity?

What is Serenity?

I know it when I have it: serenity — and I know when I am losing it. And everybody around me knows when I have lost it.  But serenity is recoverable — available for the asking.  (The Serenity Prayer)     Serenity’s definition is the state of being calm, peaceful, and...

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