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Italy – Siena (day 1)

Dec 11, 2010 | | 1 comment

Now that our trip is a couple of weeks in the past, the view from a distance (in both geography and time) makes certain parts of it fade and other stand out.  Our visit to Siena was and still is my favorite part of the trip.  I could have spent the week there and been […more]

Italy – Venice

Dec 4, 2010 | | 2 comments

This blog post was originally posted on my blog site. In case the audio does not translate well into Facebook or email world, you can click this link to see the original. As I prepared to write about our trip to Venice this morning, I saw this news story about Venice having extreme  flooding.  We were […more]

Italy – Preparations

Dec 3, 2010 | | 2 comments

My sister-in-law, Cathryn calls me a few weeks ago and says she’s thinking of going to Italy for Thanksgiving and would Jeanie and I like to come too.  She probably would have called Jeanie, but since she had worked the night before, she was sleeping.  I said, it sounded like fun and that we would […more]

Gramptastic

Oct 2, 2010 | | 3 comments

The Truth About Islam

Sep 15, 2010 | | 6 comments

The heightened interest in the “truth of Islam” should not be a surprise with anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by Islamic Fundamentalists, the threats of Qur’an burning and of course the ongoing battle about whether or not a Mosque should be allowed near the ground zero site.  That it is part of the conversation does […more]

Part of the Conversation

Sep 6, 2010 | | 5 comments

There’s a conversation going on that is beginning to get interesting.  It is always stirring, sometimes uplifting, frequently frustrating, commonly heated. The conversation is about religion, faith, belief, destiny, doctrine and tolerance to name a few topics.  Sometimes it gets some politics mixed in too.  I have strong thoughts and feelings about the topic and […more]

Hurt People Hurt People

Jun 29, 2010 | | 1 comment

Hurt people hurt people.  People hurt others because they themselves are hurt.  The people who they hurt, hurt others.  It is an endless cycle… unless it is not.  What can stop the cycle? People like you and I point fingers at one another saying, “You hurt me!”  The truth is, I did hurt you, whether […more]

Publish

Jun 28, 2010 | | Say something

When I tell people that I am writing a book, they ask what kind of a book or what it is about.  I don’t have a good answer to that question.  This may sound silly, but right now, I want to write a book so that I can experience what it is like to write […more]

A Plum Ending

Jun 24, 2010 | | 4 comments

I’ve got one more thing to say about Plums, then I’ll be quiet (unless I think of something else).  I admit that I went a little overboard with the thanks, but I couldn’t help myself.  You see, I was really worried where Danae would wait for me for five hours while I drove from Charlotte.  […more]

Stirred Part 3 – If Only

Jun 22, 2010 | | Say something

If only… When I was a young man, I had all the answers.  In fact, I still have most of the answers, but they changed.  Now I am not so sure of these new answers.  One of the reasons for this lack of surety is because of those very changes.  Why should I think that […more]