Hunter Lives Up To His Name

I was sitting in my favorite chair. Just on the other side of the sliding glass door. Hunter was resting comfortably on the steps into the house. Suddenly there was a tremendous commotion. I thought Hunter was having a seizure of some sort. It really was quite a racket. When I looked, I saw Hunter […]

“That Of God In All Persons”

There are two women that I feel very close to that have been shaken by Quakers. (Pun intended!) Neither one of them has felt her faith affirmed by a Society that believes that all people are saved. A few years ago, I hired a young woman as a student employee at the library who was […]

Wedding

My daughter did get married on last Saturday. It was a very casual service. The actual service, including the musical prelude, lasted about 20 minutes. It was a secular (non-religious) wedding so there wasn’t much to say. You know, do you so-and-so take so-and-so to be your husband/wife. Also, there were some brief vows and […]

Marriage

This coming Saturday, June 29, my daughter is getting married. It is a traditional wedding. A man and a woman. Under an arch. In the groom’s family’s backyard. The words at the service, as far as I can tell, will be the traditional words. I am very happy for the couple. I am very happy […]

Atrial Flutter

In the early 2000s there was no medical remedy in Portland for atrial fibrillation unless you had the right type of arrhythmia. I went to the highest qualified electrophysiologist I could find. He went in to my heart with a catheter to see what he could do but found a condition that made him quit […]

Religion And Mental Health

There’s a great post brimming full of vulnerability at The Bipolar Writer Collaborative Mental Health Blog. I’ve chosen to use the same title in order to express my own thoughts regarding the topic. Megan has captured what I believe is the experience of many that struggle with mental illness and their religion. I was a […]

Lincoln City Beach, Oregon

If you live in Portland, Oregon, and you want to go to the beach, there are several options. All beaches in Oregon are public beaches protected by law. A favorite is Lincoln City Beach. It’s close and the highway takes you right by the Spirit Mountain Casino. This casino is arguably one of two most […]

Cemetery Picnic

My sister-in-law has been dead for 1 year and 11 months. Today would have been her birthday. Debbie’s daughters have not coped well with their mother’s passing yet. So we go up to the cemetery and have a picnic at the gravesite. This is not all that unusual, especially in other cultures, but it does […]