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An Easy Step To A Better Day

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.   – Mark Twain While I was in seminary, I spent time training to be a pastoral counselor, along with ten other chaplaincy interns at a large, urban hospital.  Two days a week, we visited patients, attended autopsies, observed surgeries, and critiqued […]

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The Rampage of Sgt. Bales

“My rage, my fury would drive me now to hack your flesh away and eat you raw – such agonies you have caused me.”  -Achilles At the beginning of the Iliad, we find Achilles sulking in his tent.  Refusing to fight, because Agamemnon took his sexy, blonde war prize, Achilles doesn’t lift a finger even […]

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Trusting The Miracle

I’ve been wondering what to do with myself lately.  Perhaps it’s because I turned sixty a few months ago.  Perhaps it’s because I had a heart attack shortly afterwards.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve never held a job longer than seven years, and I’m approaching that now.  Perhaps it’s because I still don’t know what I […]

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Spiritual Chiropractics

Whenever I start to take myself too seriously, which seems to be a daily hazard, I head out to look at some mountains.  For the last few years, that has meant a short trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway to bask in the aura of the Smokies.  Craggy crests and ridges bathed in blue haze […]

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Meeting God

The first time I experienced what I think of as God was as a bored teenager in church, feeling guilty about masturbating.  Masturbation was a regular activity, being a horny fifteen year-old, and the Sears catalog provided visual stimulation.  In my day, catalogs were the equivalent of internet porn.  Unfortunately, I also believed masturbation was […]

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It Takes A Neanderthal

“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals.  You know why?  Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply.  They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that.  […]

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Penn State and Us

When I worked with drug addicts, I had a client named Ben.  Ben was in his early twenties, a warehouse worker, a high school drop-out, and an alcoholic who snorted cocaine occasionally.  He was in treatment because the beer and coke exacerbated his temper.  Ben was not a friendly drunk.  Fights with his girlfriends often […]

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Sixty Isn’t Old If. . . .

Twenty years ago I received a t-shirt that read, “Forty isn’t old, if you’re a tree.”  Now that I’m about to increase my age by half, I find myself remembering the shirt.  Do they print ones that say, “Sixty isn’t old, if you’re a tree”?  I don’t think so, because sixty is old if you’re […]

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Vampire World

I was reading outside this summer when a hornet labored by and landed on a table.  Beneath its belly, the hornet was clutching a small, green caterpillar as long as it was, which is why it could barely fly.  After sitting for a moment, apparently exhausted, the little black vampire began digging its mandibles into […]

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Earthquakes and Motorcycles

Hundreds of Turks died last week in an earthquake measured at 7.2 on the Richter scale.  Buildings collapsed and caught fire.  Workers desperately dug through the rubble to save lives, including a two week old baby.  The future for tens of thousands of people was permanently altered, one way or another, in the blink of […]

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