Guns and Violence

March 2020 was the second highest month for gun sales, ever ( started this post in April). That is until June and July came around. Starting in 2008, gun sales have been on a steady upward trajectory. Before this latest trending upward of sales the highest month for gun sales was the month following the […]

Confessions about Money

My wife and I had a conversation about money this morning. Not about if we had enough (we don’t), or how we manage it (we could be better), rather about how we think about it. We resolved to do some things differently, specifically with regard to how we think about “money” in general. I will […]

MLK Day 2020

I wrote this article for our church blog to encourage participation at our MLK 2020 event. This is an expanded version. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. and was first honored as such on January 20, 1986. King’s actual birthday is January 15. […]

Happiness

Read the two articles linked below. One is a summary,the other is an in depth discussion of the following eight categories that the author (Roger Walsh) calls TLC’s (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes). I grew up in a culture that undervalued happiness. It wasn’t the highest virtue by any stretch, it paled comparison to “joy”, and was […]

We Are the Circus

“Without the circus he is just a lonely clown.”  – Bill Maher Trump is our President. We did this, and it is a reflection of us. At least a good part of us. And that is the rub. For those of us who don’t see “us” in him, this is a painful and reluctant realization. […]

Book Review: Junkyard Wisdom

Roy Goble is my friend. The first day I met him, I hated him. We met in 1977 as incoming freshman at Westmont College. He is a Giants fan; I bleed Dodger blue. One of the first things we did together was play catch. We have done a lot of things together since then and […]

Watch Mr. Robot

This has captured my attention, didn’t see many of the twists coming, has a technology spin, intelligent dialog. I have been watching Season 1 on Amazon Video (free with Prime account). One of my kids is watching it as well…don’t know which one.

No, They Don’t Happen in Threes.

Whenever famous people die it comes up. “Things happen in threes.” It is called “triaphilia” – an obsession with three. But, really, they don’t. Is it David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Glenn Frey? Or do we include: Clarence Reid, R&B Singer known as “Blowfly” Mic Gillette of Tower of Power Lemmy Dale “Buffin” Griffin Celine […]

Lost Phrases

There are natural changes that come in life, some are good and some are bad.    There are a few phrases that have gone out of vogue that need to make a comeback into our vocabulary: “That’s none of your business” Everything is now public, except of course what is done in Las Vegas…unless you […]