A bee, the humble worker kind, has been an emblem of the city of Manchester, in England, for over 150 years. It harkens back to the manual labor performed in the textile mills, colloquially referred to as “hives” during the industrial revolution.

In the wake of the May...

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”  Back in 1840, when this expression first appeared in print, it may not have offended cat or animal lovers. Today it will, or should. Surely there are less gruesome ways of explaining that problems generally have multiple solu...

An estimated 12 million adult coloring books were sold in the US in 2015.  Initially, skeptics said coloring is just another fad.  What they did not appreciate was how coloring books offered people an elixir, a way of getting past personal obstacles, and how it struck...

February 22, 2017

What will you do with your life this year?  Your 2017 hourglass is, by the grace of God, filled with the sands of 12 months of time.  Well, by now it is already down to more or less 11 months of sand, since time also flies.

Will you take time this year to read some...

“You get what you pay for.” If this adage masks a deeper truth, Christmas would bring it to light.

Christians refer to the weeks leading up to December the 25th as “Advent.” It is formally described as a time of preparation and expectation, of waiting for a “coming,” wh...

September 29, 2016

Life can be “ruff,” even on a cute little pug. Really, what is it about life that could get even a pug down and depressed?  

Yes, life and its complexities do get to us - and it gets to all of us; none of us can really escape it. There are times when all of us, like thi...

September 8, 2016

It was a wake-up call. When the first plane was deliberately flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, we were all rudely awakened to the new “normal.”   

In the fifteen years since, no issue has become more prized or costly than security. In the wake o...

February 26, 2016


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You should not bring up religion or politics at the dinner table or in public! Never mix faith and politics! Are these nothing but folkloric, commonsensical mantras to help us avoid public embarrassment? Or are th...

February 19, 2016


This is not what I ordered! I asked you to bring me a Caesar salad. How hard is that?


Overhearing this in a local restaurant yesterday seemed pretty much in character with the way many people seem to behave nowadays: entitled and unforgiving.


Sure, a garden salad is...

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