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The Non-Redeemable Rule of Cancel Culture - March 11th, 2021 11:10 PM
In case you haven't read about it or seen news of it this week, you may have heard Dr. Seuss Enterprises has decided to stop printing six books that show images insensitive...
Archive: The Rock Interview (2006) - March 10th, 2021 7:09 PM
Note: the following is from a website, Rock Publications, which is now defunct. I was pleased to be interviewed for The Rock Magazine and here it is, the interview below....
Sermonette: He Could Have Had it All - March 7th, 2021 3:54 PM
The following is a sermonette based on an article I wrote for a church newsletter many years ago. It deals with the choices Jesus and King Aquippa had to make in the matter of...
The Artist In You (Guest Post) - March 3rd, 2021 7:14 PM
Guess what? I have a 'secret' guest poster on the blog. Secret because she doesn't know I'm using one of her past entries on another blog she used to write her online essays....
Men Lead - March 3rd, 2021 9:37 AM
Men lead. Or at least we're supposed to. Right now (in 2021) we're doing a poor job of doing this one simple thing. We can't lead in government, the arts, much...
Stand Up For Your Written Work - March 2nd, 2021 10:00 AM
If you wrote a book in the past and are concerned one day you might be part of the growing chorus of 'Cancel Culture', I have words for you; stand up for your written work....
What He Said - And He Has a Point - February 28th, 2021 11:58 PM
For the record, I think CNN's Brian Stelter's a cool guy. He makes sense out of the nonsensical in media, which is quite a lot these days. This time he speaks truth about...
Sermonettes for a Sunday - February 28th, 2021 1:21 PM
Fun fact: I preached a sermon for my local church a little over two decades ago. Although I'm not sure how I would do now, all I have to say is that here are two...
What We All Need Now Is Love, Sweet Love - February 25th, 2021 7:34 PM
Recent events has caused a ton of anxiety in our time. The pandemic, racial and social unrest, politically our country is broken, any subject you follow today is full of...
Political Discourse is not a Wrestling Promo - February 25th, 2021 1:23 AM
Ladies and gentlemen and all you good people out there, I would like to show you something. Don't worry, it's on line with the topic of this essay. Why am I'm showing a...
Still Missing Him - February 22nd, 2021 12:37 AM
You know the one thing my father would tell me (and has told me) if he were here now: "There's no need to cry over me." He's right. Just because he was (or is) doesn't...
This is How it Works - February 13th, 2021 2:10 PM
I want everyone to keep this in mind: When Political Party A is in the wrong, they spend time focusing (deflecting) on Political Party B. They spend so much time, energy...
Is This All I Am? - February 12th, 2021 4:49 PM
Please forgive me if this missive is a bit personal. I question myself: is this all that I am? Is this how you folks see me or is there something more that interests you to...
It Must be Working - February 1st, 2021 10:01 AM
Okay readers, I believe that whatever fans of a political ideology have warned us about for decades has finally become true. Irony: in telling us not to be 'sheeple',...
Sermonette: The Color of God - January 31st, 2021 5:42 PM
This audio essay is based on an entry I wrote for a church newsletter way back when. Question: Is The Creator a physical entity we can touch, feel and see? Does He have a...
Reflections of the Past Four Years with an Observation - January 19th, 2021 6:21 PM
In one day, we will turn the page on The American Experiment. The chapter of allowing a demagogue to lead the nation didn't turn out so well. Proof? Over 400,000 dead from a...
Sermonette: God Loveth an Oppressor - January 17th, 2021 9:37 AM
Let's try something different for a change....... This 'sermonette' is from an article I wrote years ago in a church bulletin. I hope folks will listen and understand the...
Another Day of Sadness; the Passing of EJD - January 5th, 2021 2:12 PM
This isn't how I wanted one of my first posts of 2021 to start out, but I browsed my social media pages this morning to find out the acclaimed author Eric Jerome Dickey (EJD)...
Happy New Year 2021! - January 1st, 2021 12:22 AM
Happy New Year folks! Make it a good one! Stay safe and smart in 2021!
Last Post for 2020 - December 31st, 2020 11:48 PM
Just a reminder folks. We will never see this year again. It's over. Done. Finished. Here on the West coast, we're stil in the end of this year, but for many of you on...
For Fifteen Years - December 31st, 2020 4:26 PM
For the past fifteen years I've shared my thoughts on a string in this blog..... A lot inf my life has changed. Some events I was not prepared for, others I knew would come...
You Tell Me..... - December 30th, 2020 11:32 PM
Readers, You tell me that a political party which prided itself on reason and facts suddenly doesn't appreciate them much now? You tell me that a party that always acted...
Falling for the Okie Doke (A spiritual piece) - December 30th, 2020 7:10 PM
Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this entry are sorely that of the author of this piece. If you have questions or comments regarding the piece below, please use the contact...
Artistic Expression and A Concern - December 29th, 2020 3:33 PM
If you were to ask me, a writer what's the difference you've seen in say, the past thirty years I would offer this point: Creative writing isn't the same. It's...
Archive: It's All About Change - December 27th, 2020 6:47 PM
This is a past entry written this long ago: "The more things change, the more they stay the same." Going through what I'm going through at my *regular* job, that quote...
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