Several years ago the father of a young man I personally know was the owner and operator of a pool hall in South Carolina. He got into a fight with an unruly patron that continued out onto the sidewalk. In the course of the fight, he picked the patron up above his shoulders, threw him down o…

I’ve enjoyed the sport of hunting since I was a kid. During this time, I kept several types of hunting dogs. To me, there is just something missing when you don’t have a good dog along.

Laughter is defined as a physical reaction in humans consisting usually of rhythmical, often audible, contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. If you are too busy to laugh you are entirely too busy. Synonyms that are often used for the word laugh are cackle, c…

Q: Last week you had a question about “Tattoo You” by the Rolling Stones. That reminded me of one of my favorite song by the Stones, “Miss You.” Whatever happened to Sugar Blue, the guy who plays harmonica on that song?

Around the turn of the year and still in Christmastide, it is customary in Western Christianity for the Church to read the Gospel story of the wisemen’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem. Reading it again after the Christmas trees and lights have been taken down, however, might help one see that the s…

It was sleeting and snowing yesterday. Later on in the week, the forecast predicted highs in the mid-50s to mid-60s. Yo-Yo weather. The stink bugs in my yard just don’t know what to make of this uncertain weather pattern. I’m sure they’ll bring their appetite and species survival instincts w…

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Gentle Reader, my child is a human pratfall whose very existence is chock full of frequent, unintentional slapstick. Every day is a new, embarrassing installment of “looking back, years from now, this’ll be hilarious”.

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The small collection of twigs and dead leaf parts hanging from your evergreen and/or broad leaved shrubs and trees might be bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis; bags often containing eggs), not natural Christmas ornaments. Although bagworms are not observed “en-masse” every year, once a …

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a helper suitable for him.” “…she took from its fruit and ate” Genesis 1:1; 2:18; 3:3:6

Janus is the Roman god of beginnings, endings, doorways, and transitions. He is also the god of duality, and as such he’s pictured as having two faces so that he can look forward and backward at the same time. January is named for him.

Last week, I offered an admonition to be generous this Christmas. I did so by drawing attention to Santa Claus, who manages to give without fear, anxiety or even limit. Somehow, he still remains, to put it mildly, full: never running out of toys, always smiling, and carrying an oversized bel…

Recent studies show that following extreme storm events community gardens can supply food, enhance social empowerment, provide safe gathering spots, and restorative practices, to remind people of normality. There is a study that examines the role played by a community garden in Christchurch,…

The New Year is here! Have you decided on a resolution? Oftentimes these yearly goals focus on improving overall health. One common goal I hear from family and friends is, “starting January 1st, I am going to eat healthy.” But, as time goes on, some people struggle to keep that enthusiasm an…

Several decades ago a group of theologians gathered in England for a conference on comparative religions. As they were debating the question: Is there one belief completely unique to Christianity, world famous theologian Edwin Lewis walked in the door. When they told him the question they we…