• Education Cannot Be Bought

    Education Cannot Be Bought

    I’ve been following this college scam with a bit of wry interest. Some of you know that I taught at the university level for a few years. I’d be doing it still except that the pay for adjuncts is abysmal. Not to mention the benefits.[..]
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  • Let Them Eat Cake

    Let Them Eat Cake

    It was going on 9 p.m.. I'd just finished a workout and dropped by the grocer's on my way home from the gym. There were only a handful of other people in the store so I didn't have to wait in line. The checker greeted[..]
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  • An Easter Prayer for Us All

    An Easter Prayer for Us All

    It is 7:30 a.m. on Easter Day.  I am in a hotel in The Dalles, Oregon. Typically, we'd be preparing for church services on this Easter morning, but Tim had prom last night. Our family celebrated our Easter with family last weekend when we were[..]
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  • Embrace Them

    Embrace Them

    His name is Steven, he told me as we greeted one another from our comfy seats at the  local bookstore. He wore a blue beanie pulled down low over his forehead. Grey hair spread out over his ears like angel wings. His chest-length beard was[..]
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  • Salvage Work

    Salvage Work

      Our daughter is getting married next week. She is the last of the three girls to marry. I was 21 when I married. I didn't have a clue about what I was getting myself into. Thankfully, God was watching out for me in ways[..]
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  • Trump’s Best Self

    Trump’s Best Self

    He did something good, y'all, and for a brief moment, albeit very brief, I saw Trump as the president he could be - if only. If only he wasn't hateful. If only he put the best interest of the country ahead of his own selfish[..]
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  • The Stuff of Life

    The Stuff of Life

    Things have been busy around these parts, what with a wedding approaching in two weeks, Spring Break this week, sick kiddos last week, and finally buying a new (to us) rig more suitable to this region. The stuff of life. Car shopping is such a[..]
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  • The Scary Stories They Tell Us

    The Scary Stories They Tell Us

    The plane from Seattle to Redmond was mostly empty. "Sit in your assigned seat so that the weight in distributed," said the steward as I walked down the narrow aisle to my window seat. A woman reading on her iPhone was in the aisle seat[..]
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  • Murder & the DNA Dilemma

    Murder & the DNA Dilemma

    [caption id="attachment_4329" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Dahlia, Cutting garden[/caption] In 2012, Amyjane Brandhagen was found murdered in an Oregon motel room. She had been brutally stabbed to death. Amyjane was no stranger to our family. We had attended church with her family, had participated in Bible Studies[..]
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