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On the Inconvenience of Rain

  It rained all day last Sunday and into Monday. I have mixed emotions about rain. I am happy for the needed irrigation of lawns, flowers, fruits and vegetables. I enjoy the smell of freshly watered gardens whose most delicious aromas seemed released by a good rain. On the otherRead More »

Taster’s Choice

The late Norman Cousins wrote, in his book, Human Options, that human beings are unique in their ability to entertain options and make choices. Although I have at least one friend who challenges that idea and says that dogs seem to choose what they will do, I agree with Cousins.Read More »

Bonding With New People

I am not surprised by it, but am still made to comment on it. It is the human heart. No, not the blood-pumping one. The other one. The seat of emotions. I am fascinated by how quickly it can get captured. Here is a newsletter article I wrote to theRead More »

A Significant MLK, Jr Day

I had admired Martin Luther King, Jr. from afar, since my teen years. What made today so very significant is that I had the privilege of observing this holiday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.Now that I live and pastor in the Atlanta area, I was eager to get toRead More »

The Great Move: Dallas to Atlanta

On Sunday, December 29, 2013, the congregation of the Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain,GA elected me to be their new pastor. I moved to the Atlanta area on Thursday, January 2, 2014 and am having a wonderful time. My wife will join me, full-time, by June 1. Our collegianRead More »

What I Did On Christmas Day

First, and most important, I slept until I naturally woke up. As my son is now 20 years old, there are no tugs on my blankets, by a little boy eager to see what gifts are under the tree. Actually, I miss those little hands and that excited little boy,Read More »

5 days before Christmas Day

Here I sit on the twentieth of December, with little or no inclination to shop. Correction: little or no inclination to be in a shopping mall or center. I might click my way to a few items, from the comfort of my MacBook Pro. As much as I enjoy people,Read More »

On Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela died today, December 5, 2013, at age 95. I greatly admired this activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of South Africa. Some provocative quotes from Mr. Mandela: “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinnerRead More »