Monthly Archives: January 2019

Fun With Nature: Terns

Terns, seabirds of the same family as gulls, are extremely selective in their pairings, prompting Charles Darwin to coin the phrase, “One good tern deserves another.” Known for their distinctive sound, “kee-WAH,” terns are particularly fond of eating sand eels, … Continue reading

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Up to you

Originally posted on Short visits with an honest God:
“Up to you,” God said. This is a lonely answer. My hot bath had steamed the bathroom mirrors. I was brushing my teeth, contemplating all the irritating, confusing choices humans face.…

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Winter Truth

The world is born in the spring rejoices in summer and bundles its blessings in autumn ∴ But only in the winter does it learn who it is

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My Dress Rehearsal for Death

In the year 2000 I found a golf ball-sized lump in my neck. Not having swallowed any golf balls recently, I decided I’d better see a doctor. Dr. Yamagata was the opposite of the cold-but-efficient Asian doctor stereotype. He was … Continue reading

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Count the Cost

“Count the cost… Those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” ~Luke 14:28, 33 “(But) if you continue in my word, then you are truly my disciples. And you will know the truth, … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to President Trump

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
Dear President Trump, I’ve tried so hard to figure out how to articulate what I need from you, what I believe the people of the United States and the rest of the world need, from…

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Reaching for a Star?

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Here’s a little late January guilt (you’re welcome): If you’re like me, you started … Continue reading

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