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Monday Mottoes – #168

Dr. Viktor Frankl, Viennese psychiatrist and neurologist and author of the bestseller Man’s Search for Meaning, was a Holocaust survivor. Working with suicidal patients before and after the war, and one could say during the war when some thought of taking their own lives, Dr. Frankl arrived to his conclusions answering the question: what makes…


CoverGirl’s CoverBoy: No, No, No

This is disturbing on so many levels. Do men use cosmetics? Yes, upon occasion. I have no problem acknowledging that a guy could need a moisturizer. He may have a blemish that requires a coverup. If he’s in the public eye, a bronzer might give him a healthy glow. For television appearances, light powder would…


The Un-real U.N.

For over 3,000 years, Jerusalem has had ties to the Jewish people. King David declared it his capital in 1004 BC, with Abraham and Jacob figuring prominently in its history even before that. And this week, once again, the United Nations adopted six resolutions against Israel, refuting all Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and…


Monday Mottoes – #167

The end of the year is upon us. One more month and 2016 will be a thing of the past. What have we accomplished? What’s yet to be done? Maybe you’ve “learned from the past” and not even made any goals. Or perhaps the list of hopes and dreams has remained that: a fairy tale…


Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin. God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied; come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.   (Henry Alford & George J. Elvey)


Monday Mottoes – #166

It’s Thanksgiving week and most of us become mindful. Different approaches surface at the dinner table on this holiday: some bow their head in prayer, some utter aloud what makes them thankful, some have a moment of silence. Yet, no matter what the faith tradition, or lack thereof, the majority of Americans feel that it’s…


Monday Mottoes – #165

My family seems to think that when I’m not working, I should be working. For them. Constantly. Without ceasing. Sigh. Write their research papers. Okay, proofread their research papers which end up with enough red ink that makes me thinking of squeezing blood out of a turnip…. And do 101 tasks that they seem incapable…


Monday Mottoes – #164

US Election Day approaches and I know one thing for sure, no matter which candidate wins: half of our populace will be mad and half will be glad. And probably at least a third of our citizenry will not even vote at all. Sad. Yet, if they feel that their voice doesn’t matter and that…


“I’m Not Ashamed” Movie

We interrupt this two-part mini-series on adopted children, to give everyone a heads-up for a great weekend movie, “I’m Not Ashamed” by PureFlix. Rated PG-13, it follows the real-life story of Rachel Joy Scott, a young Christian high school student, shot and killed during the Columbine High School attacks of 1999. The two student neo-Nazi…


Monday Mottoes – #163

I tend to live a fairly serious life, so when something makes me smile, I tend to remember it. Breaks up the monotony of fighting world hunger and nuclear arms proliferation…. Going out for a coffee with my sweetie (that would be an at-least-we’re-trying pseudo-date for two extremely busy people), I pass this sign on…