A Way Out

Friday, September 21, 2012 Written by

"Why are you crying Sweetheart?"

"I'm really upset Daddy, So and So didn't invite me to her birthday party!"  Then the floodgates opened as the tears and mournful cries intensified.

This is how Ava greeted me when she got off the bus yesterday.

A Commitment to Peace

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 Written by

Monday August 6th, 2013 was the 67th anniversary of the dropping of the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima City, Japan. The bomb killed tens of
thousands of people, some immediately from the blast and subsequent flames, and some over many years through radiation sickness.

The Hill of Flowers

Friday, August 3, 2012 Written by

Cherry blossom trees (or "Sakura" in Japanese) have great meaning and significance to the people of Japan. They are known for their short but brilliant blooming period each Spring and cherry blossom viewing is a popular activity during that season.

There is one place in particular to view cherry blossoms that has special meaning where I am currently living, namely, in the Urakami district of Nagasaki City.

Remember When...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Written by

I recently returned from a gathering at our old family farm. The occasion was the pending auction sale for my brother who had recently sold the land in anticipation of retirement, so my siblings and I had gathered to bid the place one last farewell. 

My New Shower Curtain Does What?

Thursday, July 12, 2012 Written by

My new shower curtain came with an extraordinary promise.  I haven’t given much thought to what a shower curtain can do for me, but now that I think about it, it really does have a practical purpose: it keeps water from splashing outside of our shower. 

I suppose if I were in charge of marketing a shower curtain, I would say something like, “Now you can enjoy a hot shower and a dry floor!”  That would be enough to sell me.  But that’s not what the packaging on my new shower curtain promised.

On Puppies and Celibacy

Thursday, July 5, 2012 Written by

I am a softie. I admit it. I get emotional and I cry. I know that some in society say that real men don't cry but I am sorry to upset the apple cart and admit that when I am emotionally moved I can cry. Some things affect me more than others.

Now I've Seen Everything!

Monday, June 11, 2012 Written by

I’ve seen folks do some pretty silly things, even things that are downright inconsiderate.  To be truthful, I’m guilty of doing silly and inconsiderate things.  Just ask my wife.  But when I rounded the corner in our church parking lot to witness some guy putting oil in his car under the canopy to the entrance of our church, I couldn’t help but utter, “Now I’ve seen everything!”

I set myself up to be roundly criticized. You see, I do not use the self-serve lanes at a gas station. I do not use the self check out at the grocery store. I do not use the ATM at a bank to make deposits or payments. I only use the self-serve kiosk at the airport because some airlines demand that you use them. Some may say that I am counter-cultural, others might say that I am old-fashioned, some might think of me as pain in the rear.

God is Faithful

Thursday, May 24, 2012 Written by

Well, the Gala Week and Official Blessing of the new Cathedral is now a thing of the past. What an incredible celebration of our diocesan and local community! It was a true joy to see so many people from so many communities in our diocese gathered for prayer, praise, good food and true fraternity. We were blessed to have so many good natured folk who accepted leadership responsibilities and the result was that everything went off without any major glitches, save for the fact that on some evenings we were surprised by how many people attended.

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