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Happy Birthday With A Twist

Happy Birthday With A Twist

For many years, I’ve been wishing my mother a “Happy Birthday” twice a year.  Once on March 24th, the date of her birth, and once on February 11.  She was at first puzzled by my birthday greetings on February 11th until I explained.  You see, I was born on February 11th.  The day of my […]

Keep Your Answers: Give Me Solutions

Keep Your Answers: Give Me Solutions

I think about the ministry of church planting, and its many and varied aspects, during a large number of my waking hours.  While there is a good bit that encourages me, I must confess that there are some things that are just downright frustrating.  When I think about those frustrating things, they cause me to […]

Loyalty vs. Success

Loyalty vs. Success

Sitting on the San Francisco shuttle train as it bore me to the car rental center on Wednesday morning I unobtrusively eavesdropped on a conversation between two men of Asian descent, young, suited, talking about marketing and amalgamates and other things that are far beyond my interest or understanding.  My interest was piqued, however, as […]

Thank God for Dumb Smart Phones

Thank God for Dumb Smart Phones

My brother Mike will attest to the fact that I’ve been very critical this week of my “stupid smart phone” (a Galaxy Nexus).  It has given me fits every time I tried to TXT to multiple people at the same time, so I ended up having to copy and paste the same message any time […]

Holding Hands ... Eating Ice Chips

Holding Hands … Eating Ice Chips

Yesterday, my Mother turned 92 years of age.  It was in the middle of my six day trip to come and care for details regarding her continuing care in a skilled nursing facility.  I arrived angry with the inefficiency of an impersonal medical care machine that often seems to be better at “mass processing” elder […]

Carded By My Mother

Carded By My Mother

On Saturday I arrived in Merced CA to visit my Mom and take care of some things for her.   When I entered her room in the mid-morning, at the skilled nursing facility where she is currently located, she was sleeping.  When I awakened her, I could tell she wasn’t really sure who I was. […]

Memories

Memories

I spent the better part of yesterday packing up the earthly possessions of my 92 year old mother as prelude to locking them up in a storage unit.  She is currently in “limbo” regarding her future place of residence while she spends time in a rehab facility after breaking both of her legs in a […]

I Need An Advocate

Advocate: a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor. Driving down the road this weekend I saw a billboard  advertisement sponsored by abortion opponents. It showed a picture of an unborn child in the womb and a simple message: “I need an advocate”. I’ve probably driven past that billboard a hundred times […]