Always Real, Thinkin' Out Loud

Rebuilding, Redefining and Fancy Restaurants

My hard disk died a week or so ago.  I knew it was coming. It had been complaining loudly and moaning and groaning for quite some time and then one morning, it gave one last long gasp.  The skies went dark and the blue screen was torn in two. And I didn’t even care. In fact, it was liberating. The death of my PC was a sweet release in a way. I was cut off from my on-line world except for my iTouch — which is a good device for lurking to some degree, but not…

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Always Real, Papa Ed, Thinkin' Out Loud, Wivian

No One Drops In For Coffee Anymore

As I was driving home from dropping Sean off at school the other day, I noticed the long line of cars wrapped around Starbucks and the crowded parking lot and I got to thinking how no one drops by for coffee anymore.  It seems that everyone goes to Starbucks instead. Friends dropping in for coffee is all but a remnant of another era and I think that is kind of a shame that we aren’t available for spontaneous interaction anymore, that we don’t open our homes for that sort thing, that we are just too busy…

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Brambles

Not far from where I live is a two-lane road that used to connect one small town to the next smaller town. Most of the other streets around here have been turned into four-lane roads lined with stoplights, Starbucks and subdivisions with fancy sounding names.  But not this one. It has no curbs or sidewalks — it is a lane, it is a breath of country in a burgeoning suburb. For a half a mile or so, you can drive along under a canopy of Live Oaks and past long stretches of Kentucky white fences that…

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Mathy or Artsy?

I am not a math person. Math people will tell you that the world is described in numbers. I am a creative type. To me the world is described in color and texture and line and form and the well-chosen word. Clearly, God made me to see the world through the lens of creativity.  I have always loved to make stuff.  Creative efforts satisfy me and feed me.  But is it also possible that I was also made with some math ability that for one reason or another, never developed and eventually withered away?  Is it…

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Faith, Thinkin' Out Loud

The Mourning Dove

Early one morning last week, I glanced out my kitchen window and noticed a mourning dove perched upon the fence.  He paused to look around, as if making sure no one was looking.  He hopped sideways down the fence a few quick steps and then disappeared into an effusion of jasmine. Dainty yellow buds shivered and fell away to the ground as he rustled around in the thicket. A few seconds later, he popped back up onto the fence, tried to look nonchalant, spread his graceful wings and flew away. A minute later he was back…

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As It Relates To Swine Flu

So what are you telling your children about the Swine Flu?  Are you talking to them about it, and if so, to what degree?  How would you rate your level of concern?   Are you planning to change anything, travel plans or whatever, because of it?

Money, Thinkin' Out Loud

Let Goliath Fall

I was listening to a popular financial radio show the other day and a caller asked the question that people like me have been thinking:  Why do we “have” to bail out the automakers?  Why couldn’t we just let GM fail?  Two of the reasons the talk show host cited was because it would damage the US economy too much and because no parts could be made for existing cars. First of all. What?  The economy is already a gaping bleeding wound, so what’s the point of putting a zillion dollar band-aid on it only to…

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Faith, Thinkin' Out Loud

Vainly Imagined

Over the weekend, I watched a documentary style news program where Alan Greenspan was waxing philosophic about our current economic condition. Mr. Greenspan said that our nation didn’t become  great and prosperous because we had more resources than other nations. No, he said we became so great because we are smarter than everyone else.  Of course this is a paraphrase because I wasn’t watching television with a notepad and pen. I think Mr. Greenspan is a super smart and awesome dude, but I must disagree with him on both points, although clearly America has produced some…

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Faith, Thinkin' Out Loud

A Case Against Prayer In Public School

Or wherein I alienate 90% of my readership. About once a week I get an email asking me to sign and forward a petition to the president to reinstate school prayer. And I promptly delete it. This may come as a surprise to you because I am a Christian and I deeply believe in the power of prayer. I am in favor of prayer. Just not in public school. The problems with nationally mandated school prayer are many, but I’ll address just the first few that come to mind. I suppose first and foremost, I am…

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Radical Change

The other night I was watching an episode of House Hunters on HGTV.  A single lady was looking to move from her traditional family home in the suburbs to a small one-bedroom apartment in the city. She planned to get rid of her car and her gardening tools and all kinds of other stuff she wouldn’t need in a city dwelling. When she bought her home in the suburbs she was excited about all the room, hosting family events, decorating, gardening and all the other romantic notions that come with home ownership. But ultimately, she found…

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