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Golf and Christianity

September 24, 2017

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I know a lot of you out there are golfers, or indulge in one sport or another. And I know a lot of readers are Christians. The other day as I tweaked my golf swing in preparation for a tournament, I thought of my faith, which I seem to be always tweaking as well. Maybe […]

Beauty

September 14, 2017

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I hadn’t thought much about “beauty” recently. Like everyone else who watches or hears or reads the news, disasters seem to dominate the media. We are bombarded by natural disasters, such as that historic monster hurricane, Harvey, that struck Texas and parts of Louisiana with awesome power, or human disasters like lunatic dictator Kim Jong-um, […]

Public Opinion

September 14, 2017

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Today it seems politicians are driven by public opinion polls. Ex-President Bill Clinton famously didn’t do much without consulting the public opinion polls. In one NBC News article published in January 2008, Tom Curry, a national affairs writer, noted that Clinton was one of this generation’s master politicians. Clinton “consults polls as if there were […]

Apartment Living, Dumpster Diving, and the Heiress

September 14, 2017

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After a fire destroyed our home last January, we moved to our RV for a week or so, and then to an apartment. In case you have been a homeowner for long time and forgotten, apartment living is somewhat different. You’re not protected from your neighbors by trees and shrubs and walls, quietly minding your […]

Overloaded Circuits

September 14, 2017

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My concern today is with the avalanche of media that rolls over us every day, from television to blogs to tweets to outrageous advertisements on the Internet, social media, cell phones, and you get the message. Unless you are a troll or hermit and have chosen to separate yourself entirely from the world as we […]

The Dog Park

July 13, 2017

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Everyone is glued to the television, or to your computer, or tablet, or cell phone, or whatever serves to transport you away from the humdrum existence of home. We want breaking news—the latest tweet from the President or perhaps the newest hammer and knife attack somewhere in European metro or underground (what we call subways) […]

Cell Phones are Killing Off Conversation–and Civility

July 13, 2017

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What has happened to civility? By “civility” I mean several things: ‒ politeness; ‒ the ability to listen to a contradictory opinion without knocking someone unconscious with your riot baton because they don’t agree with you; ‒ the simple human activity of entertaining different points of view from your own as possibly being valid; ‒ […]