Recovering From “Time-Release Suicide”

The “then and now” profile meme on Facebook right now has inspired me to finally make a post I’ve been contemplating for several years. For several years now, people have commented on the amount of weight I have lost, and have asked me about it when they see me. I’ve been considering a way, and […]

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Journalism Matters

Perhaps the biggest news in our area this week has been a pretty massive layoff at the The Dallas Morning News. For all sorts of reasons, I’ve always felt a special kinship with journalists. I studied to be one (Bachelors in Journalism from UT Austin), and over the years I’ve had the good fortune to […]

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A Wall of Lies

The President and his administration are *lying* when they claim there’s a “crisis” at the border. The President and his administration are *lying* about the alleged “facts” they use to justify this fake “crisis.” Many observers suggest these lies could be used to declare a so-called “state of emergency” (which would be another lie), and […]

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A Rock Hammer, Not Resolutions

One of my favorite films is “The Shawshank Redemption.” And as the year “turns,” I am thinking about that film, about its lead character, and about a concept I write about almost every year at this time: “Resolve to Not Resolve.” The film was based on the short story by Stephen King, called “Rita Hayworth […]

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A Peaceful Night

After our worship services last night, I had a really great Christmas Eve with The Judge and The Divine Miss M. I am only now able to write about it. We snuck into Calle Doce on Skillman for Christmas Eve margaritas and Mexican food just before closing time. Because, why not? From there, we drove […]

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Christmas Message, 2018

One of the things I have always dearly loved about our East Dallas neighborhood is how it’s a beautiful and somewhat chaotic mix of all kinds of people living together in one place. It’s folks from all walks of life *choosing* to live next to those who are quite different from them. One minute, you’ll […]

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In-CAR-Nation Talk with Me and Wes Magruder

So, this happened… Wes Magruder invited me to be his guest on his “In-CAR-Nation Talk” show…a shameless rip off of both Jerry Seinfeld and James Cordon, where-in we drive around my East Dallas neighborhood, and talk Christmas and Incarnational Theology. It was pretty humorous and pretty fun, and we got to talk about one one […]

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Pass It On

“It only takes a spark To get a fire going And soon all those around Can warm up in its glowing That’s how it is with God’s love Once you’ve experienced it You spread His love to ev’ryone You want to pass it on” — Kurt Kaiser The early history of me and the guitar […]

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A Small Moment of Peace

Last night, I had this brief moment of peace and beauty that has stayed with me through this morning. I was walking through the sideyard, past the wood pile, crunching down the decompressed granite path, a large bag of birdseed hoisted over my shoulder. As I refilled the backyard feeders, I could feel the crisp, […]

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