The recent revelations about the secret "waiting lists" at Veterans Administration Medical Centers made me wonder about an incident I experienced about a year ago. I called into my local VA clinic to schedule an appointment, and was told that because there was nothing available in the next 30 days, I would have to call … Continue reading Misleading Measures
When Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency was accessing metadata and message content from telecommunications companies concerning private individuals, Germany loudly complained about NSA spying through the use of such material. Now it appears that Germany’s protests were highly hypocritical – they have been doing the same thing. The magazine Der Spiegel … Continue reading Breach of Privacy
The lion was only 10 yards from our vehicle. The driver/guide had no rifle. The truck had no doors or windows. But our guide said not to worry. The lions view these Safari trucks as large animals -- too big to take down and kill. So as long as we respect them and don't get … Continue reading Don’t stray!
In Deuteronomy 5, Moses presents the nation of Israel with the Ten Commandments. He then tells them why they should obey these orders: These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and … Continue reading A Cosmic Killjoy?
Last Wednesday our office took a day for “reset.” Basically, this time was our version of spring housecleaning. My space, at least, desperately needed a make-over. I started from the top and worked my way down. The dust layered thickly on the tops of my bookcases. I threw out trash and re-organized my books, notebooks, … Continue reading Reset
Today I received an email update about an Iranian muslim-turned-Christian who is imprisoned for his faith. Farshid Fathi was arrested in December 2010, convicted on March 5, 2012 for “acting against national security through membership of a Christian organization, collection of funds, propaganda against the Islamic Regime by helping spread Christianity in the country,” and … Continue reading Enough Evidence?
**** SPOILER ALERT**** If you have not yet seen the movie, "God's Not Dead," be warned that this post discusses important points from the film. When I saw it last weekend, deep emotions surfaced. But not just for the reasons you probably imagine. You see, I have a lot in common with the professor who … Continue reading “God’s Not Dead”
As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. . … Continue reading The Nature of the Steed
Klutz (noun): a person who often drops things, falls down, etc. : a clumsy person. Merriam-Webster Dictionary Have you ever watched a Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin movie? These gymnastic masters would trip, fall, and get entangled in all kinds of fantastic sight gags. Unfortunately, what they did deliberately, I do accidentally. I am … Continue reading A Spiritual Klutz
In 1938, under great pressure, Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg scheduled a vote to determine whether his nation should unite with Germany. He expected his people to vote for autonomy. But the Austrian Nazi party executed a coup d’etat and invited Hitler’s Wehrmacht troops to enter the country to enforce Anschluss (Union) with Germany. In a plebiscite … Continue reading Disturbing Parallels