• Who's Thinking Anyways

    Are we being conditioned or conformed by what we are hearing and seeing? I'd like to know. Are we beating the air, asking the wrong questions, taking things at face value? Maybe it's time to flip the script and ask God what he thinks. In the 70s, there was a nightclub that catered to thousands of young people. The successful hot spot was called the Mind Bender; a drug den by no better name. I wondered if those who frequented the place knew their minds were being altered. Similar to how I view th…

  • A view from the top

    We are living in a time when walls of division, disruption and distraction are appearing all around us. They have likely always been there; we just see them bigger and more solid than before. Some are made to keep us in, while others are there to keep us out. What used to be for personal safety now confines anxiety and memorializes pride. Constructed as a center line between the left and the right, or as a quarantine zone for religious dogma. What was once built as a demarcation of fact now mark…

  • A serious dinner conversation

    When our family gets together, we take turns telling stories that usually end up with an eruption of laughter. That is, until last Sunday's family dinner. "Since you are all here, I'd like to read the instructions I wrote for my funeral." They looked at me in shock and then one of them said, "Well, I guess we should hear what you have to say." Another one asked, "Now? Is this really the most appropriate time?" As I stood, the table groaned. I heard someone say under their breath, "I hope she mak…

  • Family trip on a shoestring

    Each year, our family comes from out of town to visit. We tell stories and bring up memories we've made together. One of the stories that surfaced this year was our trip to Hawaii - on a shoestring. Our youngest daughter lived in Albuquerque at the time and worked at a travel agency. Needless to say, she had access to some amazing discounts. She said to my Sweet Al and me, "The family is planning a vacation. It will only cost you $500 each, which will include airfare and hotel." We will go to Ha…


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