Monthly Archives: March 2020

Comedy Relief

After performing tragedies, the ancient Greeks always staged comedies, often making fun of the tragedies they’d just presented. Why? Comedy relief. Likewise, humor flourishes during wars and epidemics. Morbidity? No, survival. When we’re under attack, we ridicule our attackers and … Continue reading

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Infinite Vision

At the start of the year, I scribbled down My 2020 Vision. And then the world changed. So I looked up the meaning of “20/20 vision.” Here’s what I learned: 20/20 isn’t perfect, it’s simply normal. The first 20 represents … Continue reading

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Observe the Truth

I once studied Shakespeare with the renowned British actor Brewster Mason. Each time I would act out the Bard’s words, Brewster would interrupt me and say, “No, no, no, observe the meter, observe the meter!” It wasn’t until years later … Continue reading

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Just Doing My Part

By responsibly practicing social distancing, I’m keeping thousands of people from being directly exposed to me. No, I don’t have the virus (I hope), I’m referring to my personality. You’re welcome. P.S. To my online friends: If you’re about to … Continue reading

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The Journey of a Thousand Stairs

What is it about stairways? Few inventions (although, arguably, nature thought of them first) are so metaphorical. Say, “Stairway” and people think “to Heaven” before they think of literal stairs. We can’t help but make metaphors out of them. They … Continue reading

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Binge-Watching Spring

Spring break is over. Which means my college-student daughter is getting dressed (changing into her studious pajamas) and heading back to school (returning to the laptop in her bedroom). I’ve enacted the following changes: _______. Yep, nothing’s changed at my … Continue reading

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The Biggest Health Risks of Hoarding

My Featured Blogger this week is actually a journalist, Jocasta Lennon, a freelance writer “with a passion for the eclectic and unusual.” When Jocasta first approached me, I was delighted that she considered this a place for talented new writers … Continue reading

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A New Symbol of Resistance

Now that the War on Coronavirus is official, we need an icon, a symbol of resistance. A take-no-prisoners toughie wielding a bottle of lethal-strength sanitizer. Leaving toilet paper and take-out food on doorsteps, then ringing doorbells with a surgically gloved … Continue reading

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“Doing Church” at Home

Yesterday, my wife and I propped ourselves up on a pew (bed) and tuned into an online worship service. This is how people “do church” in 2020 QA (the Quarantine Age). But it wasn’t new to us. Back in the … Continue reading

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Hope

“‘Do not be afraid,’ the prophet answered, ‘for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’” ~2 Kings 6:16

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