The Christmas photo
The Christmas photo
There is a word in the English language that has become so offensive, so distasteful, and so abhorrent that it is seldom used in conversation today. This word, at one time in this nation, was a common word sometimes used as a slur and sometimes as a descriptive word.
As Christmas time approaches, it seems that everybody wants a piece of you.
Several people have commented, over the last few months, about the stark division in our country.
Somewhere around 50 percent, give or take a few percentage points, of people who are of eligible voting age will vote in a presidential election. If the vote is close, that means that about 25 percent of the people will determine the leader of the world’s most powerful nation.
All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day of the Church celebrated annually, in the Catholic Church, on November 1. Different denominations of the Christian faith celebrate the day at various times and, some, not at all.
Thankfully, the presidential debates are finally over. In just a few weeks the debacle and embarrassment that has been this presidential election will also be over. Never have two candidates been so loathed by so many.
I have been placed on a very restrictive, less-sodium (salt) diet. That is, I have to do without sodium as much as possible. The upper limit is 2,000 milligrams of sodium daily. When the doctor first said that, I thought, “Oh, that’s not too bad.
I first met Seth Dickinson when he was 10 years old. His family moved to the area from New Mexico and began to attend our church. Seth was the son of Paul and Susanne Dickinson and came from a rather large and loving family.
I watched all of 15 minutes of the first presidential debate. Then, I turned it off and went to bed early. I told my wife that this election cycle seems to be to be surreal.
Music: Yesterday and today
There’s been a bit of controversy about a number of professional athletes who have decided to sit or kneel during the National Anthem instead of standing in respect. Their example has filtered down into some high school and middle school athletic events.
This is a week of some significant anniversaries. First of all, last Tuesday was my 45th wedding anniversary. I was 20 and the former Cynthia Scott Douglas was 19. I’m pretty sure that nobody — and I mean nobody — thought we would last.
I have begun the fourth unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, also known as CPE. Although CPE is standard and required fare in many seminaries, back in my day CPE was available but not in all locations. So, it was a part of my education that I missed. Or skipped.