Today on YouTube I saw a video done by an Irish woman titled “10 AMERICAN Problems I'm TOO IRISH to Understand.” She, in turn, was pulling these items from a discussion on reddit titled “What's an American problem you're too European to understand?” Now, I’ve been an American for over four decades. What’s more, I’ve … Continue reading Explaining America
A Sack Full of Love: Local artifact to be displayed in new Smithsonian museum When I read the story linked above, tears streamed down my face. I cannot imagine the anguish this mother and her daughter felt at this forced separation. I am away from my family on business. The anguish I feel at parting, the heartache … Continue reading Love & Separation
I really wish churches would stop singing The Battle Hymn of the Republic. It was not written by a Christian and is not about the Second Coming of Christ. The writer of the lyrics, Julia Ward Howe, was a not a Christian, but a Universalist. The song is not about the second coming of Christ but … Continue reading Churches Ought Not Sing The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Recently I saw a picture on Facebook which stated, "Don't hate that which you don't understand". My first thought was, "Don't assume someone doesn't understand that which they hate". Sometimes hate is justified and the more we know of a thing the more we ought to hate it. Let me give you two examples, one … Continue reading Sometimes Hate is Good
History is one of my favorite subjects. I read once that history is biography and I certainly enjoy reading a good biography. Recently I read "10 People Every Christian Should Know" by Warren W. Wiersbe. It's a great little book of mini-biographies to give the reader a sort of appetizer. Wiersbe includes bibliographical information in … Continue reading Historical Fiction
Recently I was at a pastors conference during which a guest speaker used the word "niggardly." This upset several people and the tension in the room shot up several degrees as the denomination I belong to is one that prides itself on being sensitive to minorities of any stripe. It's unfortunate really since the word … Continue reading Is “Niggardly” a Racial Slur?
There is (or was - I no longer have TV) a show called, "Where Are They Now" which revealed what celebrities of the past are doing doing now. With few exceptions I don't really care about "has been" celebs. Cultures - now that's a different thing. Throughout history cultures have constantly been overwhelmed or subsumed … Continue reading Where Are They Now