This old house

My wife, who's now retired and therefore been home more often these days than she's been in the 25 years we've lived in this old house, claims there's one gorgeous female cardinal in a bush just off the deck that wants…
December 2, 2011

Shame: Shake it Out

 Shame  (noun) a. A painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace. b. A great disappointment.  What do you regard as most humane? To spare someone shame. Friedrich Nietzsche Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from…
November 30, 2011

Debating Compassion

As I type this it is Thanksgiving Day morning and I am taking a break between peeling potatoes and prepping a turkey.   This is, of course, a day when we Americans pat ourselves on the back for being a God-fearing,…
November 29, 2011

Light and Hope for Advent

We light the first purple candle in the Advent wreath for the prophets, the ones who spoke with hope about the coming Messiah. The small candle barely flickers in the late November gloom, but don’t be deceived. The light of…
November 28, 2011


I thought folks wouldn't mind my posting here a slightly altered version of a Thanksgiving reflection I originally published in the November 2005 issue of Perspectives. May it help well and truly expunge the horror that is Black Friday from…
November 25, 2011