Category Archives: Books

On Truth Telling, Betrayal, Secrets and Lies

This is the stuff that Philosophers, Theologians, Ethicists, Doctors, and Lawyers have argued about since time immemorial.  The post I am writing now is written after many conversations with family and friends over decades.  I can pretty well guarantee that … Continue reading

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Inheriting Treasure

Would you explain to me why some people want everything to be new? I have never understood that. Why would you want the things you buy to be just like what your neighbor has? I am sometimes asked why I … Continue reading

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When You Can’t Fix It, It Won’t Go Away, and Some Days it is Crushingly Painful

  Despite what other people’s lives look like on the surface, I would say that probably all of us, at some time or another have been overwhelmed by fear, loneliness, pain, sorrow, or loss that is so overwhelming we don’t … Continue reading

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Pay the Piper

It is no secret that we have been digging out from under debt for a long time. I wrote about it for the first time in the blog post called The Face of Genteel Poverty, way back on September 26, … Continue reading

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In time of trial: On Hobbits and Narnians

I started writing this post prior to Christmas when the recent events in Paris and California reminded me that we do not live in tranquil times. Life intervened and I hadn’t the time to finish it. Since then there have … Continue reading

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Pouring the Wine, part two

Way back on April 19th I wrote a blog post called Pouring the Wine, part 1. The one with the picture of Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn on it. That blog post started with this quote of Bunny Watson (Katharine … Continue reading

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The Crucial Difference between Respecting Adults and Showing Respect

When our child was young we made a critical decision regarding teaching the idea of respect. We never taught our daughter to respect adults. Why? Because some adults are not worthy of respect. Because we wanted our daughter to be … Continue reading

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Debt and Life

After writing about the Love of Money, talking about debt seems natural. Having a debt load hanging over you is not good. It isn’t good because of what it does to you; it isn’t good because of what it keeps … Continue reading

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A Little Bit Pregnant

It doesn’t take too long in life before we have acquaintance with women and girls having pregnancies both desired and feared. Roe v. Wade was decided when I was just starting high school, and so, for all intents and purposes, … Continue reading

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Personal Thoughts on Divorce

I recently read an article about divorce in a theological journal in which the writer assumed that the great number of divorces prove that people do not understand what they are promising when they marry.  The until-death-do-us-part bit. We aren’t … Continue reading

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