November 9, 2016

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Luke 10:33) I write this on the morning after the night we elected the next President of the United States. I’ve been disappointed at the election returns in past political seasons. I’ve disapproved of positions some of our leaders have taken. I’ve been embarrassed about some of what I know of parts of our nation’s history. But this is the first time […]

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Happy Holidays

I suppose it’d be asking too much to finish the relentless political publicity before we start in on the how-many-days-‘til-Christmas hype. It’s already started in my hometown of Houston where the Christmas lights are already coming on and the TV commercials are appearing for the annual consumer over-drive advertising campaigns. If anyone near and dear to you is about to run this gauntlet of relentless holiday over-functioning as a first time single-again adult, I urge […]

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Let there be peace

The spring of 1970 was a tense time on Ohio college campuses. I was two years post-graduation from Bowling Green State University that spring and working in the news service office there. From our 8th floor offices we could see the action below on the open quad of the campus. “Oh my God, is he carrying a gun!?” one of my colleagues called out. Upon closer inspection we decided it was not a gun, but […]

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Libraries – No Town Should Be Without One

Keep hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life. (Proverbs 4:13) Because my mother was a librarian, I spent many happy childhood hours roaming about in libraries waiting on her to get off work. I have always felt at home in libraries. I cherish the help I get from librarians. I glean ideas for magazine articles from browsing the periodical room.  I find great books to read. The audio […]

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Happy Birthday, Chris

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.” (Psalm  37:3) I frequently tell my friend, Chris Metzger, that I want to be just like her when I grow up. Many of us here in Houston have spent a considerable portion of September celebrating her 100th birthday with her. It started when we sang happy birthday to her at water aerobics at the YMCA. Our leader said […]

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