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We Remember

One year ago, the Canadian truckers of the Freedom Convoy rolled into Ottawa, Ontario, their swelling ranks cheered on by people all...

 
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January 28, 1986

High Flight Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward...

 
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Amazon Has It Their Way

I liked the AmazonSmile program, in which Amazon.com would donate a percentage of a customer's purchase to the charity of that...

 
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The Benedict Option

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation  by Rod Dreher (Sentinel, 2017) I read Live Not...

 
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A Less Impressive Encounter with Shutterfly

I wrote recently about my pleasant encounter with Shutterfly customer service. That has not changed. But here's something I'm not...

 
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Risk Benefit Analysis

I didn't expect to like this Wall Street Journal article  about the board game, Risk . Unlike nearly all the rest of my...

 
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Survival of Preterm Babies

Back in the 1970's, I worked at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. One of my favorite things to do on my...

 
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America's Favorite Toy

No matter how addictive video games become, I doubt they will ever truly supplant the humble Lego building bricks for enduring value,...

 
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Shutterfly Adventure

I like Shutterfly, for making books, greeting cards, and other photo-themed gifts. My experience with them hasn't been perfect, but they...

 
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The Effectiveness of Compulsory Lockdowns on COVID-19...

The supporting documentation is long and complex and I don't expect anyone to read it all. But I include the link anyway. Some...

 
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Books Read in 2022

It's that time again: Here's my annual compilation of books read during the past year. Total books: 83 Fiction:...

 
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The Ideal New Year's Eve Party

Our church is having an event this New Year's Eve. I'm not thrilled, but we'll probably show up for a little...

 
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Did You Know?

WARNING: If you have a particular fondness for President Biden's policies, or for the Christmas song, "Mary, Did You Know?" —...

 
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Opening Lines of Great Books

One Thanksgiving, during a family trivia game, I discovered that I know the first and often the second lines of quite a number of books,...

 
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A Christmas Carol of Deep Grief

Having overheard someone questioning why  Coventry Carol  was included in our church's Lessons and Carols service earlier this...

 
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Everything Sad Is Untrue

Everything Sad Is Untrue: (a true story)  by Daniel Nayeri (Levine Querido, 2020) Sometimes the AI—which Porter,...

 
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What Price Truth?

A long time ago, Pontius Pilate famously asked, "What is truth?" More recently, Elon Musk questioned, "What is the value  of...

 
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Homemade Orange Extract

A year ago, I picked and washed some fruit from our Page orange tree, then used a vegetable peeler to obtain thin slices of peel....

 
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What I Want to Sing in Church Someday

" Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence " is a wonderful and ancient Eucharistic hymn particularly suited for this time of year. I love it...

 
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Canada, COVID, Cannabis, Catastrophe

Maybe you smoked some pot when you were young. Or know that your parents did. I did not, except second-hand and co-mingled with tobacco...

 
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Evergreen Hills

I find Chick-fil-A's Evergreen Hills stories a much-needed breath of sanity in today's world. This year's is The Snow Globe, but I've...

 
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Inheritance

Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives-and Our Lives Change Our Genes  by Sharon Moalem (Grand Central Publishing, 2014)...

 
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What's Wrong with This Picture?

I found this meme on a Viva Frei video . (The link is to give credit; I'm not asking anyone to watch the video, which is an hour and 40...

 
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Californians in Texas

Sometimes you try to please everyone, sometimes you preach to the choir.  I'm enjoying the following video series so much I have to...

 
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The Real Anthony Fauci, Confirmed

I'll admit I'm astonished that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s shocking book,  The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the...

 
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