Setting the World on Fire, One Flame at a Time

Once upon a time, in a far-away galaxy known as Southern California a little blonde-haired girl thought one day, she would set the world on fire. Her mother encouraged this, assuring her that if she were pretty enough, skinny enough, and okay, maybe also smart enough (like her cousin Randy, who got straight A's every …

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The Pastoral Is Political: Church Membership and Politics

Excellent points on membership, and valuable thoughts about our current crop of political candidates.

A Call to Answer Hate with Love

This week the news has been so full of hatred and negativity, from the major networks screaming bad news and fear, the mostly ill-informed political rantings on Facebook and other social media, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz and, saddest of all, the accounts of hate-filled incidents perpetrated against our Muslim neighbors. It all makes my heart sore. …

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Friday Five: Distractions

3dogmom at RevGals asks us to list five things we use as distractions when the going gets tough. I'm super good at distracting myself most of the time. Just stay busy! Sooooo very busy! So busy I can't think about that thing I really should attend to, or the horrors of the day which lately seem …

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Spotlight/On the Turning Away

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." Never have Lord Acton's words resonated as much as while Paul and I were watching the terrific new film Spotlight. It's a must-see, but it is a difficult see, especially if you were brought up Roman Catholic, and especially-especially if you …

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