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Six Minute Read

My Top Ten Books of the Decade

You can tell a lot about a person by knowing the books they read—and particularly the books that impact their lives. That is one reason I love the goodreads.com community. Founded in 2006, the online community provides a world of insight into my fellow book lovers. For a person that is a voracious reader, Goodreads […]

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Five Minute Read

Family Is NOT Everything

A few impromptu thoughts about family the day after Thanksgiving. We should not beat ourselves up for the depression and dejection many of us feel this morning. The western civilization (and in my case, the evangelical Christian) ideal of family is flawed and false. Rather than a day of gratefulness, for an alarming number of […]

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One Minute Read

Loveless Children

Some children cannot love their fathers. They find them annoying. Or embarrassing. Or unsettling. They’re irritated by their fathers because they’ve turned out differently than they had expected. They’re irritated because the father refused their mother’s wish to patch up the marriage when there was nothing left to patch up, refused her means of prolonging […]

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Two Minute Read

I Have A Mental Illness (Well, sort of)

I read books every day. It’s a sickness. I’ve tried therapy but I’m afraid it’s untreatable. It may be hard to believe, but for fifty-six of my sixty-one years, I have rarely if ever missed a day. Over these past five decades, a reading cycle has emerged. I read for sheer pleasure in bed at […]

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Five Minute Read

FOMO

Now that Gina and I have returned to civilization and downtown living after almost five years in the isolated wilderness of the Appalachian foothills, we have coined a new phrase. FOMO. It’s an acrostic for the Fear of Missing Out. To adequately place this in a proper perspective, you must know that our country home […]

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Two Minute Read

Quest: Exploring Your Creative, Emotional, and Spiritual Potential

A four-part guided experience spanning four months offered by Creative Community, Inc and made possible in part by a gift from the Rod and Eileen Rachinski Trust. Three monthly online 60-90 minute sessions culminating with a gathering at Kalien Retreat near Nashville. Limited to three people per experience and only four experiences will be offered […]

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Four Minute Read

Why This Creative Fled The Church

In the past three decades over five million white adults have left the church. These stark numbers come from recent surveys by Pew and National Opinion Research. Five million. Evangelicals have represented a huge majority of the American population throughout history and in 1991, white Christians constituted about 75% of all adults. But in three […]

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Five Minute Read

Ten Crucial Steps To Keep Trump and Zuckerburg Away From Your Privates

1) Stop Using Google Now—If you use Gmail and use Google to search the web, Google knows more about you than any other institution. And that goes double if you use other Google services like Google Maps, Waze, Google Docs, etc.”   Tips:   I use DuckDuckGo for search because it’s advertised not to track […]

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Two Minute Read

A Distant Memory

I’ve heard about people who can’t remember the face of their spouse who died. I get that. I have two daughters. Distant memories who randomly appear like a sailboat slipping through a dense fog. I haven’t seen them since May 2011. If you don’t have time to count that’s almost nine years. Eight years and […]

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Four Minute Read

Finding Freedom and Clarity in A World of Chaos

We live in a chaotic world. America had 251 mass shootings (in which four or more people were shot) in the first 216 days of 2019. During our leisure time, not counting work, each of us processes 34 gigabytes, or 100,000 words, every day. The world’s 21,274 television stations produce 85,000 hours of original programming […]