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Thoughts on #Cyber Monday #Giving Tuesday

I’ll probably be accused of being the Grinch whole stole #GivingTuesday or renamed Scrooge for this blog. Don’t toss too many tomatoes my way, but I wish the #Spending phenomenon would go away. I suspect my attitude stems from a deep-seeded resistance to being told what to do with my time and money. I prefer to decide that for myself. It may also come from a longing for more authentic human contact. Participating in social […]

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Thank Tisquantum for Thanksgiving

Before you carve into that turkey, pause to thank God for Tisquantum. You may have heard of him as Squanto. That’s his Anglicized name. Tisquantum was a member of the Patuxet tribe that lived in what is today Massachusetts. By whatever name you may know him, you probably do not know what a significant part he played in the traditional Thanksgiving story about the Pilgrims and Native Americans feasting together in the fall of 1621. […]

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flooded cars from Hurricane Harvey

Where have all the flooded cars gone?

My first encounter with a disaster zone took place in New Orleans. I first saw the damage Hurricane Katrina did to that city six months after the storm. I was shocked at the sight of  piles and piles of flattened, flooded cars. They were stacked up to the bottom of highway overpasses, some at least twenty feet higher than the streets we were driving on. The fate of flooded vehicles In the Houston area alone […]

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Books and Burgers

Normally I go to a restaurant OR a library, but not both at the same time in the same place. But then, many things are not normal since the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey. Clay’s Restaurant, named for the road on which it is located in Northwest Houston, has been a popular destination for years. Families love the open play area where kids can burn off their youthful energy while adults sit in shaded […]

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500 Years Later – 1517 to 2017

In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation, I am pausing from the post-Harvey blogs to reflect on the significance of that globe-changing movement that began October 31, 1517. Today we may rant and rail against political, religious, and business injustices and inequities, but at least we are we are free to do so. Five hundred years ago people in Europe were controlled by a complex system of royalty and religious […]

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