No matter how many books read, how many websites visited, how many personal accounts accumulated, when it comes down to make the actual move, my arms remain outstretched in a darkened room.
Since World War II, we have been a nation that said we were a home for the outcast. It has been our identity in the world; it has been our beacon, a figurative idea made literal by the statue of Lady Liberty that stands roughly 5 miles from where I type this. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
I don't believe in gods or guns. Why this offends the sensibilities of a large portion of America I'll never understand. But, rest assured, in times of trouble, I don't suddenly start praying for a .45.
As I age, I'm dealing with the inevitable realities of diminished mental capacity. Neuroscientists have suggested that our minds peak at 22 and start deteriorating around 27. Based on personal experience, that sounds about right. That's not to say that I'm getting dumber. In fact, there is no age at which we can't still learn … Continue reading Trivial Pursuits
Matthew 20:1-16 “1For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace … Continue reading Selfish Children
A couple days ago, my Facebook feed (ugh, I feel like I'm doing product placement every time I type that) included the following story, thanks to a Christian friend in my list: Anti-Bullying Speaker Curses Christian Teens Of course I clicked. Unsurprisingly, the 'Anti-Bullying Speaker' referred to in the article is sex columnist, prominent GLBT … Continue reading Bullying by an Anti-Bully Bully? Bully for you!
In the vein of 36 Arguments For the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction by Rebecca Goldstein, I intend to use this post to list out the most common arguments that are given against the legalization of Gay Marriage, and then I will offer a refutation of each one. This is not to say … Continue reading Arguments Against Gay Marriage: Refutations
"There's a difference between philosophy and a bumper sticker." ~ Charles M. Schulz My how we love our quotes. They're short, often pithy, relatively easy to remember (give or take a word or two). Put simply, they are, well, quotable. They sure make life easier. And the internet has made it easier than ever to … Continue reading Quote Mining