Dear Debbie,

I realized within the past couple of days that we do not need to be Facebook friends in order for me to say, “Thank you.” In fact, what I am about to thank you for took place 53 years ago. In the grand scheme of things, I suspect you don’t even remember me. We met […]

Can You Believe What You Have Not Seen? — Part 2

I told, in a previous post, how I believed I saw a Sasquatch/Bigfoot one snowy night on a hill outside a small ghost town in northern Washington. This is a followup to that story. We were getting a lot of snow during those nights and days. When it was all said and done we were […]

Why Aren't There More Disabled People In Church?

I used to attend church every day, except Saturday. Yeah, that’s right. Every day! I read Scripture and I led prayer. I assisted in the distribution of Communion. Because of my educational background and professional position, I was requested to teach the Bible to adults. I happily did this. I co-led a new-comers class for […]

An Inadequate Preacher

I attended a “preacher’s college.” There is a difference between a preacher’s college and a Bible college. The intended outcome of a Bible college is that students will emerge with a basic, freshman, knowledge of the Bible, both Old and New Testament. To be honest, a graduate of a Bible college has merely an introduction […]

Can You Believe What You Have Not Seen?

One snowy night…. I was invited to attend a meeting of the Two-By-Two’s. The Two-By-Two’s are a conservative religious sect that believes the preaching ministry must be practiced by itinerant preachers; preachers who do not receive any remuneration for their work. This meeting was being held in a tiny village, Northport, that is actually designated […]

My Neighborhood

My neighborhood was tough. It wasn’t tough for my older brother, Paul. It was not as tough for Peter, my younger brother. Why was that? Highway 99 was a line of demarcation. On our side of the highway the population was mainly white. On the other side of the highway was a Black and Latin/x […]

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 […]

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 […]