On Hot Dogs and Too Much

Yesterday, for a snack, I warmed up one hot dog, the longer ones, which, if you happen to be a Los Angeles Dodger fan, you would know it as a “Dodger Dog”. No bun, no condiments, nothing — just a microwave-warm hot dog. It was nasty. Of late, my sodium consumption has been remarkably reduced, […]

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On News and Fakeness

It was a nightly ritual for the family in which I grew up. My father would watch the news, first with Walter Cronkite on CBS, then Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC. The the network news teams would bring their view to the small screen, with such as Irving R. Levine, Sander Vanocur, Roger Mudd, Edwin Newman, […]

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On Being Homesick

It was 1972 — winter, actually, and for this California kid, the cold was something never before experienced. I was stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey, discovering snow was cold and colder, that chill winds could blow the shivers right through overcoats and into bones, that when the sun did show itself, there was no […]

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On Marriage and Liberal Panic

AnĀ old saying warns against trying to please all the people all the time. Lately, it seems there are some in this country who would not be pleased with anything if it has to do with a Christian, conservative viewpoint. A Christian with some wealth could finance feeding undernourished children in some part of America and […]

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On That Sense of Destiny

In order to obtain a Kansas driver’s license, I had to produce a copy of my birth certificate. While waiting my turn in the license office, I looked over the officially certified and stamped document, verifying that many years ago, in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, California, a male infant was birthed who was named […]

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On Blaming God

Life is going on at its usual rate when suddenly — wham — a great upheaval sends a tsunami of emotional and/or physical disruption, shattering the previously well-ordered world. Most of the time, people do get through the event, some with a healthy outcome, some with a not so healthy outcome. The “thing”, whatever it […]

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On Change and Constants

Change happens. Its is the way of life. However any of us was a year ago, a month ago, even last week, is different than we are today, this moment, here for its brief existence and then counted as “yesterday”. On the wall of our den is a photo of my wife and myself taken […]

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