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The Chaing Mai Diet: Part One

For the past few days I have received at least a few messages that stated that Chiang Mai, a small city of about a quarter of a million people in the north of Thailand [1], was the safest city to … Continue reading

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Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning’s End

Early Friday afternoon I received an e-mail from one of the deacons of our congregation inviting me to The Dalles to give the inaugural sermonette there.  I had spoken in Hood River on numerous occasions [1], and so it was … Continue reading

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We Regret To Inform You That There Is Not Enough Room On The Lifeboat

There are times when seemingly unrelated news stories end up having surprising relevance with each other, and which prompts me to reflect with considerable concern on the repercussions of these convergences on my own life and on the well-being of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Out Of The Ashes

Out Of The Ashes, by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House Publishing.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Having read a couple of books by the author before [1], … Continue reading

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Book Review: Free Mexican Airforce Will Be Flying Tonight

Free Mexican Airforce Will Be Flying Tonight:  The Trials And Tribulations Of Procuring, Transporting, And Selling Marijuana, by Terry Canipe [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Books Go Social/Net Gallery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] … Continue reading

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A Good Drive Spoiled

I should have realized it was trouble when I left my house yesterday morning with the feeling of light snow flurries and a car I had to thaw out, but I didn’t see the signs [1].  When I arrived at … Continue reading

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Book Review: American Notes

American Notes, by Charles Dickens [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Net Gallery/Dover Publications.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] I must admit that I did not come to this book without some sort of expectation.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Supremely Bad Idea

A Supremely Bad Idea:  Three Mad Birders And Their Quest To See It All, by Luke Dempsey Unfortunately, this book has a rather click-baity title that does not fully express the dorkiness of the author and his associates or the … Continue reading

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I Know I’m Not The Only One

I suppose it is a bit unusual that I would find an insightful comment from an author’s discussion of the rivalry between Prince and Michael Jackson in the 1980s.  Given that the insight involved quirkiness and awkwardness, though, I suppose … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Writer As Migrant

The Writer As Migrant, by Ha Jin I must admit that reading this book gave me a somewhat melancholy feeling as someone who has long written and lived with a certain sense of estrangement from my roots [1].  This experience … Continue reading

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