Monthly Archives: July 2011

Our world rocks…but more smashing than musical

The world swirls. This afternoon is my Schnell family annual summer picnic gathering in Portland.  Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend.  Yet, family gathers.  Important. Norway rocks…but not in a musical way.  “Atrocious but necessary” the lawyer for the … Continue reading

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God is not a computer

It looked good.  My computer said “This is important.”  It was a new program from Windows Vista or something like that.  [As you can tell, my computerized vocabulary is limited…and that is a gross overstatement.] So, I clicked, “install.” I … Continue reading

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Thoughts About Capital Punishment

Times to forget the human…but who can do it? Times to deal with the divine…but who can do it? The pulse-point is execution…one is to happen soon in Texas…guilt is not the question.  Mercy is. One of those shot, one … Continue reading

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Novel, “Murder On Tillamook Bay” at Printer

Good news was received.  Dr. Todd Larson, publisher for Whitefish Press in Cincinnati [www.whitefishpress.com], said my murder/mystery novel, “Murder On Tillamook Bay,” is at the printer, with availability very soon.  I am particularly pleased with the cover for the novel—Dr. … Continue reading

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Asking for Prayers

I believe in prayer…especially in the words of Rabbi Harold Kushner, “Prayer is conversation with God, redeeming us from isolation.”  To that end…and I am aware—fully so—each of us has our own prayers for many.  However, let me share this … Continue reading

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New words for old thoughts

As a writer, triggered by my publisher’s advisory, “We want to take you back to school and learn to write for a larger audience than clergy and church members…” I could only respond, “Hey, I once heard this, Anyone who’s … Continue reading

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Apologies–when they are useless

There’s a scene [among many, many] in “Thousand Clowns”–what I label the scene of apology.  I forget the trigger-point, but Jason Robards and Barbara Harris develop a relationship. He does many wacky things…has a fascinating conversation with the weather lady—she’s … Continue reading

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