Archive for 2010

Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Longhu6: Take your pick

Posted 26 December 2010 by
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Love in the Ruins

The child of Kwanzaa has grown up and left home to find its way in the world. How long will it take for Disney to create a storyline about a Wise Community Leader visiting children on a chariot pulled by impalas to encourage them to be good? For most people, it does not make any difference whether it is Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Longhu6.

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The manger and the myth

Posted 11 December 2010 by
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Nativity Icon

On Weekend Edition Saturday on December 11, 2010, there was a story about views about the Nativity of Jesus Christ on opposite sides of the Lincoln Tunnel. Atheists, on the New Jersey side, said “You know it’s a myth.” Roman Catholics, on the New York side, said “You know it’s real.” To both sides, I have an answer for you.


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You only have to shoot straight

Posted 2 December 2010 by
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Barry Goldwater campaign button in 1964

Senator John McCain thinks that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” needs more study. Maybe Senator McCain needs to read the reports that the late Senator Goldwater had read. And, listen to Senator Goldwater.

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Now I lay me down to sleep

Posted 23 November 2010 by
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Providing music for my mother

A simple, concrete trust of youth leaves many questions unanswered in our Christian faith. There are questions that we need to answer for ourselves. Yet, there are times we return.

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Love Dream

Posted 17 November 2010 by
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Dorothy Chapman

I still cannot listen to Liebesträume. When taking piano lessons when growing up, one of the instruction books I contained a simplified version of Liebesträume No. 3 by Franz Lizt. My mother loved listening to me play it. Over and over. Again and agin. I became sick of it. Now that my mom is only receiving comfort care in the hospital, I know what would make her the happiest.

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The Morning Trumpet

Posted 16 November 2010 by
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The Morning Trumpet (Southern Harmony, 1835)

It seems to me that a large part of worship during the 1700s and 1800s was about escaping from the trials of today to an existence I would consider somewhat boring over the long run. How rough and heavy life must have been to only want the next life to be spent on a cloud in endless idleness. Having leisure time in our lives today has changed the need for that personal longing. If life has changed that much, then why does “The Morning Trumpet” comfort me today?

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Something that can be discussed rationally

Posted 9 November 2010 by
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Kit Bond

Morning Edition had a story on November 9, 2010, about Hon. Christopher Bond’s book “The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam.” The tone of this interview was very different from what I have been hearing from most Republicans for the last ten years or so. Bond was respectful. He based his statements on personal study and reliable research. He had good advice for President Obama. And, Bond’s comments were not given over to fear and anger. It was refreshing.

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I need your help with some documentation

Posted 6 November 2010 by
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Tom Johnson, I'd rather be writing

Tom Johnson has a blog called I’d Rather Be Writing. He uses it as a way to update people on trends in technical communication. “I need your help with documentation” takes a humorous-yet-realistic look at a conversation between a project manager and a technical communicator. He uses Xtranormal Movies to look at things from each person’s side.

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What goes around, comes around

Posted 3 November 2010 by
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Original Republican Elephant

These next two years should be interesting. That is, as Republican rhetoric meets cold, hard fact, we are all going to be living in Interesting Times.

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The real reason is?

Posted 9 October 2010 by
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Gay Rights Flag

Why would someone compare calling someone a slut at a funeral to be the same as calling someone a fag? One is based on behavior. The other is what the person is.

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Using Author-it

Posted 8 October 2010 by
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I recently was working on an editing project using Author-it. In many ways, this tool turns your normal writing process upside-down, and inside-out. Yet, this tool allows you to write once, but use portions of your writing in many different output formats and different documents within the same format.

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