Monthly Archives: August 2017

Book Review: The Bad Popes

The Bad Popes, by E.R. Chamberlin What makes a pope bad?  Any institution that goes on for any length of time is going to end up at times with some questionable leadership at the top, but what makes some popes … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Unreformed Martin Luther

The Unreformed Martin Luther:  A Series (And Not So Serious) Look At The Man Behind The Myths, by Andreas Malessa [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Kregel Book Tours.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] For … Continue reading

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Having Many Things To Write To You, I Did Not Wish To Do So With Paper And Ink

[Note:  The following is the prepared text for a split sermon given at the annual campout for the United Church of God congregation in Portland, Oregon on August 26, 2017.] Some of you here have met my mother.  I grew … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shakespeare Saved My Life

Shakespeare Saved My Life:  Ten Years In Solitary With The Bard:  A Memoir, by Laura Bates This is an unconventional and particularly complicated memoir.  Although in terms of its length it is not a particularly demanding read at slightly over … Continue reading

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Book Review: Letters To Juliet: Celebrating Shakespeare’s Greatest Heroine

Letters To Juliet:  Celebrating Shakespeare’s Greatest Heroine, The Magical City Of Verona, And The Power Of Love, by Lise Friedman & Ceil Friedman Like many people, I have participated in various reenactments of the famous balcony scene–once in the ninth … Continue reading

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Is An Unjust Tribunal Like A Hurricane?

At times, I like to pay attention to the juxtaposition of seemingly independent stories that, when combined, give a larger context to events that would be far more ephemeral to the concerns of the world at large when viewed in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Winter Garden

Winter Garden, by Pablo Neruda, translated by William O’Daily I am no stranger to reading poems [1], and this is the second book of the poet’s that I have read.  This particular book was posthumously published from a written manuscript … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Book Of Questions

The Book Of Questions, by Pablo Neruda, translated by William O’Daly As a fond reader of poetry [1], I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book.  To be sure, Pablo Neruda was a leftist Chilean poet, and this book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Travels With My Donkey

Travels With My Donkey:  One Man And His Ass On A Pilgrimage To Santiago, by Tim Moore If you are familiar with the author and his work–this is the third book of his I have read [1], you know where … Continue reading

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It Sounds More Interesting When You Put It That Way

I tend to think that I live a fairly mundane life and that it would not be very exciting for anyone to follow me around and investigate my activities.  I work staring at a computer all day, mostly moving data … Continue reading

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