Monthly Archives: November 2012

What to see: the rain….or the rainbow?

Professional football has headlines of who’s good, better and best.  It has to do with yards gained, victories won, touchdowns scored.  And yet.  I love the “and yet’s” of life.  There’s another factor that has given me joy and energy … Continue reading

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Vulnerability anyone?

Venue is less important than content.  Somewhere like New Haven or a Pennsylvania retreat setting or maybe the Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.  Bill Coffin said one of the keys in preaching is to preach vulnerability. … Continue reading

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Life: Street Sweeping and More…

Honestly?  There are only two speeches that never stop inspiring me.  Heard one of them again just minutes ago, given more than 20 years ago by Jimmy Valvano, basketball coach at North Carolina State, who spoke at a 1993 ESPN … Continue reading

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Cheering for both teams

Ever wanted BOTH teams to win?  Or.  To lose?  Last night it happened.  My “homeland” team, the University of Oregon Ducks and my “university” team, the Stanford Cardinal [like cardinal much better than Indian—wish Cleveland would get with that] played … Continue reading

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A General Retires

First blush: a change of e-mail address.  Happens all the time. But, was so much more than that.  And, more than a memory. The e-mail was from a former parishioner, circa 1980-88.  His name is Bob Dickman. I can remember … Continue reading

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Been surprised lately?

It didn’t happen yesterday.  But, yet, it’s very real right now.  My son, Andrew, was about to visit Diane and me in Austin.  His first words on the phone call, “Dad, wide spread panic.” I thought, oh no, something’s very … Continue reading

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What to do when life’s pulse ebbs.

Have been reflecting tonight on next Sunday’s sermon…it’s the Mark passage about the widow’s mite [maybe might?] and how she’s compared to the wealthy, who want to be recognized for their wealth and contribution. Couldn’t help but think about one … Continue reading

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