Picking Back Up (where I left off)

My three part postings on an Alternative Narrative didn’t attract much attention. And yet, most of us, if we are honest with ourselves, must admit that our lives are complex, rarely all bad or all good. Yeah, I’m a highly educated churchman with specializations in crisis counseling and conflict management. These two specializations indicate what […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]