Church of the Disreputable Sinners

Mark 2: Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him. Later, Levi invited […]

Exodus and friends

I so tire of folks claiming divine inspiration in regards to things of which they are so confused. Most times I simply shrug it off; this morning it actually made me intensely sad. I recently saw the Exodus film. I had been barraged by reviews of it prior to going and was a bit ambivalent […]


I live in the south. More correctly, I live in the south at the beach. I’m supposed to be immune from all weather events except hurricanes. I signed a contract to that effect when I moved here fourteen years ago. One of the amendments to the contract was that a nice snowfall could occur every […]

Did heaven invade earth?

Behold, “The Quadriginoctuple Frap.” Really. I’m a coffee lover. Not necessarily a connoisseur, though perhaps a snob. I like coffee. We started this exotic affair, coffee and I, when I was in graduate school way back in the 70’s (have you noticed that all good things started in the 70’s?). I started with instant, but […]

Quiver getting heavy

My middle daughter sent me a text message this morning around 4:30 am letting me know I’d just added an 8lb 15oz, heavy-duty, arrow to my quiver: Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed […]

My head is going to explode!

Maybe I just don’t know how to use it; maybe I do and it just an irritating feature that lots of folks like. Maybe YOU can help me! In Facebook, every time someone does anything –adds a friend, changes their profile picture, blows their nose, etc.– you are informed that this activity happened. How do […]

Why I like Macs
Merchants of Fear

All levity aside, I am a bit concerned about Hurricane Irene. More properly stated, I’m concerned about all the hype that occurred around Hurricane Irene. For us here in North Carolina, she is now history. Yet, they still are not diminishing their prognostications of doom for the northeast. It is rather obvious, it was not about the […]

The end of the world… again!

Living in a beach community has its perks. It also has its downside. One of the downsides is raising its interesting head… hurricanes. In particular, one named Irene, is “bearing down” on Wilmington, NC and the mentality here is something akin to the end of the world. A decade ago, moving into Wilmington, we were […]

Samantha and the art of travel

I have a GPS on my iPhone and have the Tom-Tom application on it that allows it to function just like the standalone version. I will confess that I thoroughly enjoy having it in my car, even when I know where I’m going. “Samantha,” my GPS “companion” who tells me what to do, is a […]