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Useful or Useless

January 6, 2019
In his Christmas classic “A child's Christmas in Wales” Dylan Thomas describes two kinds of gifts. There are the useful gifts which he writes were things like “engulfing mufflers of…

Wilderness Preparedness

December 9, 2018
For many of us preparations for Christmas are tied to memories. Each activity, each ornament, each tradition has the capacity to pull us into a memory. This is particularly obvious…

Watching for hope

December 2, 2018
Our strata complex has bylaws and one of them states that no one can put up outdoor Christmas lights until Dec. 1st and that these exterior lights must be taken…

Shine bright like a diamond

November 18, 2018
In the fall of 2012 Barbadian singer Rihanna released her seventh studio album and the first single was a song entitled, “Diamonds”. This song became Rihanna's twelfth number one hit…

Tragedy to Blessing

November 11, 2018
This story is not my story but it is a story I have come to know well. It kind of begins in post-war Germany, when the economy was destroyed, jobs…

Beauty and Brains

September 30, 2018
I am not one to enjoy or watch or really pay attention to beauty pageants. In part this is because I make certain assumptions about the contestants, judges and culture…

God Chooses the Ordinary

September 16, 2018
Harry Winston was a successful gemologist and diamond broker who became known as the King of Diamonds and Jeweler to the Stars. In 1958, after owning it for a decade,…

The Audacity to Hope

September 9, 2018
In 2006, a year before he announced his intention to run for president, Barak Obama published a book entitled, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.” Now,…