There was no king in Israel

“In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Two statements worthy of reflection. The first statement is the concluding verse from the Book of Judges, seventh book of the Old Testament of …

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Because You Add Sparkle to My Life

Because You Add Sparkle To My Life

In two weeks, we celebrate Christmas, 2021. There are as many reasons to celebrate that annual rebirth of our spirit of giving as there are people doing so. But, given the traumas of this Year of our Lord, 2021, its passing will also be celebrated by many. For me, however, Christmas of 2021 is especially …

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Why does it still hurt

Does It Ever Stop Hurting?

There is a Facebook group that calls itself “The View From My Window.” It features appealing, pleasing photos of a variety of scenes and locales, taken out a window by members of the group. Although I am not a member of that group, some of the pictures taken show up on my page, and I …

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No man an island (1)

Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rave at close of day;Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Those are the lines Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet, begins perhaps his most famous, and unnamed, poem, written in 1947. It was suggested that Dylan wrote the poem for his dying …

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Capitol behind barbed wire

Once to Every Man and Nation

Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide…

How different we were, “yesterday, when we were young.”

Yesterday, When I Was Young…

Sometimes, in the least likely of places and at the least likely time, life causes me to wonder. One such time was yesterday, and the place was the scrap metal yard in a small town in central Maine, about ten miles from where I now live with daughter, Deb, and grandkids. And as I did, …

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On Being Ruth

We can be “ruthless,” but can we be “ruth?”

Fear, jumper

Fear…or Trust? Where Was I This Day…?

Trust?…or Fear? The choice is daunting, but one we have to face alone

On the road again

On the Road Again

Americans have always wanted to be “on the road again.” But have we lost our national can-do spirit, the spirit that once built those roads?

Searching for Meaning

Scruting the Inscrutable

In an American Spectator review of the book, Curiosity and Its Twelve Rules for Life, by author F.H. Buckley, the reviewer, Shmuel Klatzkin, relates a story told by “novelist and prankster,” Ken Kesey. In that story, Kesey recounted that his dad upbraided him once, declaring to him, “Your problem is that you keep trying to …

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