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    18 Days

    18 straight days of rain. I don’t mean sudden shower bursts that briefly come and then give way to sunshine. I’m talking about continuous clouds, rain, and downpours that turn my neighborhood street into a rushing river. My house is in a flood zone. All these years I’ve grumbled about having to pay for flood insurance. Now I stand on my front porch, phone in hand, wondering how soon I’ll have to make the call to file my flood claim. Even items not directly in the rain are succumbing to the moisture. Feed, hay and alfalfa in the shed, once thought to be stored safe from the elements, have been…

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    Testament

    My birthday is coming up soon and my mom sent me a card and a present. In the box she enclosed the little New Testatment that I received when I was 5 years old. It is hard-backed and no bigger than a deck of cards. I loved that little book and especially loved the illustrations. It has some wear and tear, but is in remarkably good condition. I notice that apparently I loved the beatitudes even as a small child. They are circled (in pink, of course) in the fifth chapter of Matthew. I completely colored in verse 3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom…

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    On Revival

    My little church is holding a revival this week. I’m not a fan of revival and I think that makes me a bad Nazarene. However, it seems to me that American Christians are less in need of revival and more in need of discipline. Most have fallen into the More Is Better Pit. They’ve fallen and they can’t get out. A little discipline is in order. Spiritual disciplines, no doubt. But more personal disciplines also. Christians should be on the forefront of healthy eating and living; instead they are on the front lines of the all-you-can-eat buffets. Christians should be leading the way in ecology and human rights; instead they…

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    Be Kind to Animals Week

    Today is the first day of Be Kind to Animals Week sponsored by the American Humane Association . G. Mac, on the left, was found as a tiny kitten in an abandonded duplex. Couch O’Kitty, on the right, had been thrown out of his owner’s home and left to starve to death. They both ask you to be kind to animals this week and every week.

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    Get a New Dream

    Here is an excellent article by the authors of The Flip: Turn Your World Around. I can’t help but think that we could greatly reduce American dependence on anti-depressants and sleep aids if more people would dream a new American dream. Two American Dreams

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    Moving Forward

    In the words of Bob Dylan, “the times they are a-changin’.” I’m back working from home as a freelance writer and editor. I lined up a contract on a web content project that should keep me eating for a good while. The school I worked for closed its doors – a sad testament to the importance of shopping centers over education on the American landscape. I just read an excellent little book titled Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline by Lauren F. Winner. Ms. Winner is a convert from Judaism to Christianity. In this book she encourages Christians to look to the discipline and traditions of…

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    Sand and Shovel

    I would rather write “sand and sun,” however a shovel and some sand are now permanent additions to the trunk of my car. Two days in a row I have been stuck on the icy-road-aftermath of our recent sleet/ice storm. The worst part is the first time I was stuck at the end of my own driveway and two neighbors had to come and help me dig out and get enough traction to take a running shot at getting into the garage; today I got stuck leaving the church on a pile of ice gunk shoved up by a snow plow. I’ve lived in Oklahoma since 1991 and I have…

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    Process Quote

    I have been reading about process theology and found the following in an article by John B. Cobb, Jr. on the Center for Process Studies website (see link in the list at right). “The diversity of human cultures and personalities and the diversity of living species are all important for God. The modern simplification of the world through standardizing culture and personality and through eliminating thousands of species of living things is an impoverishment of God.”