There is life after high school, so ‘don’t be stupid’

I once had a high school American History teacher call me “stupid.” The reason she did so is that she felt that I was a severe academic under-achiever and was wasting my opportunities. I told her that I wasn’t stupid, to which she replied, “You certainly can’t tell it by your grades.” With that, I […]

What is the most important part of church? Poll says . . .

Recently, the pollster George Gallup released the results of a survey of 1,500 people across the nation. Gallup wanted to know why people went to church (or another place of worship). He listed seven items and asked people to rank them from the most important to the least important. The results of the survey may […]

Our national suicide

In 2002, under the auspices of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, I enrolled in a course on Celtic Christianity. As part of the course requirements, I spent a week in Ireland. At the end of a very full week, we had a night off in Dublin. I decided to go it alone and walked around […]

A ‘little’ overweight

Some time ago, during a visit to my doctor, he said, “You know, except for one thing, you’re in pretty good shape.” “Yeah, I know”, I replied. “I’m a little overweight.” Gazing intently into my face, he said, “You need to remove that word ‘little’ from your vocabulary!” Okay. So I’m more than a “little” […]

A Christmas need comes early

It is seven months until Christmas. There are no decorations, no Christmas sales, no Yuletide specials, no Christmas music on the radios … it’s too far away. Except for members of the Marine Corps League. They are already working toward and planning for Christmas. Each year the members of the Sgt. Clyde Thomson Medal of […]

Remembering Zell Miller, USMC

For the last few years, I have served as the chaplain for the Department of Georgia, Marine Corps League (MCL). Part of my duties as chaplain for this veterans organization is to process the death notifications. Members of the Marine Corps League have served in all of our modern wars and some of them are […]

New Yorker slams Chick-fil-A

In a recent 1,400 word rant, the New Yorker magazine lambasted the Georgia-based Chick-fil-A corporation as a “creepy infiltration of New Your City.” What did the restaurant chain do to get the hackles of author Dan Piepenring up? Well, first of all, the owner of Chick-fil-A is a Christian. Apparently that doesn’t sit well with […]

Comedians … or bullies?

I had never heard of comedian Michelle Wolf until Sunday. Apparently, Ms. Wood was the entertainment for the White House Correspondents Dinner which President Trump, for the second year in a row, declined to attend. By most accounts Wood was vulgar, insulting, and generally unfunny. Even a number of the leftist so-called elites in the […]

Murder in London

History was made recently in London. For the first time in history, London’s murders surpassed that of New York City. Both in February and March there were more killings in London than in the Big Apple. The weapon of choice? Knives. Last year, 2017, there were 80 fatal stabbings in London and, during a recent […]

Is anybody listening?

Has anyone noticed how we are talking “past” each other and not “to” each other? Certainly we see this on the TV talk shows where guests try to talk over each other with no one listening to the others. Some time ago, I was listening in as members of a small group were speaking with […]

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