An Old Colleague

Old in a couple of regards. One, we have known each other a very long time, over 20 years. Old also in terms of plain old age. He’s 70+. We met each other today while we were walking. I was walking Hunter. He was just walking. Incidentally, Hunter’s 9th birthday is on the 14th, 2 […]

Staring Out The Kitchen Window

The beautiful trees have lost their leaves as I stare out the kitchen window. The morning dew streaks down the car windshield as I look out the kitchen window. The last rose of autumn blooms as I stare out the kitchen window. The dark-eyed juncos twitter as I stare out the kitchen window. So much […]

Roses For Mary

For days I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop trying to think of something to write about that is important to me or, in my humble opinion, important to others. I just got home from a brisk 1.8 mile walk with Hunter. On the walk we went by the Catholic Church. Like many churches […]

Coffee And Beer And Wine

If you happen to be fortunate enough to come to the Pacific Northwest, you will discover that we specialize in libations. Coffee is a great drink. Those that think there is no difference between brands, and even specific products within brands, just don’t get it. There are coffees for the morning when you wake up. […]

Lowest Point In Higher Education

There’s an article in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education (September 27, 2019) about an English professor who has decided to come clean with her students. She tells them about her lowest point in grad school when she almost gave up and quit. This inspired me. Some would refer to me as a hard-core academic; others […]

A Common Problem: Mental Health and Diabetes

Just last week my numbers regarding diabetes went over the top. I’ve been on mental health meds for a couple (maybe a few) years. Steadily, I have gained weight. It has been next to impossible to curb my appetite and keep down the calories and simple carbohydrates. Most people don’t look at me and see […]

It’s Sunday

I grow tired here in Oregon that the only churches getting any press are conservative, Evangelical, churches. These churches are indeed ubiquitous. They are the mega-churches. They are also little store-front churches that may typically be “run” by pastoral staffs that have little or no pastoral, let alone theological, education. Some may be well educated […]

Why Do I Write A Blog?

I think it is worth it every now-and-then to stop and reflect upon why I write this thing. A great number of us do it for profit. I can appreciate that, although I think it would be really difficult to do this as a living, let alone make enough to consider it worthwhile. Others have […]

Indian Chieftain Limited — Part 2

Well, last Friday came-and-went. Someone won the raffle and the motorcycle but it wasn’t me, not that I expected really to be the winner. There were thousands of entries. What were my chances to win? Next to zero! But someone had to win. Right? Why not me? Ah. This is the reason those of us […]