Coffee Fast

COFFEE-TEA-TASTE-facebookSome time before the week is out, I plan to embark on a coffee fast. I am doing it in place of a food fast because the last several times I did food fasts, I experienced a great deal of weakness, lightheadedness, severe anxiety and was essentially worthless for any focused activity. So I’m fasting from coffee instead. Continue reading

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Unbroken

unbroken-pb“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

Every once in a while, a book comes around that has it all ― adventure, romance, high suspense, life-and-death struggles, villains, heroes, tragedy, triumph, redemption and panoramic scope. Unbroken, the 2010 bestseller by Laura Hillenbrand, satisfies on all counts. It is at once a great feat of writing, a monumental story and a call to the transcendent. Continue reading

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The Job Principle

hopelessness_portrait_by_apalkin-d75pnb9Imagine you’re a real pessimist. Eeyore’s got nothing on you. You have to periodically fight through major depressive storms that are fueled by the conviction that you’re SCREWED. Period. You’re the only person on God’s green earth that he doesn’t love, who can hit one-in-a-trillion odds when it’s a bad thing, but who misses the sure thing when it’s something good. Continue reading

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Psychology: Snake Oil for the 21st Century

CouchYou have to wonder how some people ever get to wear the robe ― and, by the same token, how a framed piece of paper on the wall inspires such confidence in people.

I pondered all this recently when I read about an 18-year-old Texas youth named Ethan Couch, who was tracked to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by U.S. Marshalls after he absconded from justice to avoid the consequences of a probation violation. Continue reading

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The Meaning of Mass Shootings

Gunmen-2Another mass shooting in America. Many are rightly screaming, “Terrorism” and others, “Gun control!” Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Tale

white-riceI once ate nothing but rice for three days. It wasn’t a diet or a fast; I was broke. I had managed my money poorly during the previous weeks, and work was scarce to begin with. Finally, I got up one morning, peered into my wallet and found nothing there but lint. My next paycheck was a week away. Continue reading

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The Crucible

AccidentAs many readers are aware, I had a collision with an automobile in June (while riding my bicycle) that could easily have resulted in my death. I wrote about it here not long after it happened, before I fully realized what I was dealing with. Of course, I knew the medical facts: two broken ribs, a herniated disc in my back, and unspecified head trauma that was bad enough to erase a substantial part of my memory of the incident. The last thing I remember was the moment I realized there was going to be a collision. Then I woke up in the emergency room around an hour later. Continue reading

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