Monthly Archives: May 2022

Headed for Home? Or Headed for Hell?

Source: Lavie Zine My Real Memoir By the time I turned 11, my brief flirt with faith (“Hello, is anyone there?” Cue crickets. “I guess not.”) was beginning to fade. I was a boy agnostic with a taste for shiny … Continue reading

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Sacrifice

Photo by Laurentiu Lordache Thought for the Week Today is Memorial Day in my country. As with Remembrance Day and related days in other countries, it’s set aside to honor those who’ve sacrificed their lives in service to others. But … Continue reading

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The Seeds of Grace

A pastor friend recently asked me to speak about forgiveness. Knowing my history with the subject as a writer, filmmaker and teacher, he suggested I do a follow-up to his own recent message on forgiveness. This provided a surprising opportunity … Continue reading

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A Coward’s Refuge?

Photo by Anastasia@urban_and The Wishing Map is a full-length fantasy that is being posted episodically at this site. To read the previous episode, click here. To read the entire novel, begin here. Zack had returned home via the wishing map to find his … Continue reading

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Bless the Beasts and the Children

My heart has been troubled at how unimaginably brutal our world has become of late. So the only thing that felt appropriate was to post this collection of reminders, both silly and sweet, that love and kindness still exist. For … Continue reading

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Gun Control vs. Self-Control

Two days ago, an 18-year-old murdered nineteen children and three adults in Texas – just ten days after another 18-year-old shot thirteen people, ten fatally, in Buffalo, NY. The New York shooter was a known racist, while the Texas shooter … Continue reading

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I Am Right Behind You

My Featured Blogger this Week is Annabel of The Modern Etiquette. Annabel is a poet, writer and professional dancer, as demonstrated in her beautiful classical Indian-inspired piece above. There’s a delicacy and tenderness streaked with enduring strength in everything Annabel … Continue reading

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Monsters I Have Known and Loved

My Real Memoir The seed was planted when I was five years old. I’d enjoyed the poolside home of Mommandad’s old friends. They were childless and I was an only, so I played alone, shouting frequent, “Mom, Dad, look at … Continue reading

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Things Change

Thought for the Week Boomers (bought stamps for 5¢) “Well, my baby, she wrote me a letter.” Gen-X (bought stamps for 18¢) “You must lick ’em, lick ’em good!” Millennials (bought stamps for 34¢) “You used to lick stamps? Why?” Gen-Z … Continue reading

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An Unknown Future

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~Corrie ten Boom ~AΩ~

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