Means & Ends

In 128 days we'll have a new President of the United States of America. Unless events conspire to derail one or both of the current presumptive nominees, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will occupy that office. Even as I write that I cringe.  While both these candidates have their enthusiastic supporters, God bless them... Continue Reading →

Can We Still be Friends?

If I vote for Donald Trump, can we still be friends? To my brothers and sisters in Christ, if I vote for Trump, will you still love me, claim me, own me as one of your own in the family of faith? Or, if I sit out this election for lack of a candidate I... Continue Reading →

Men Without Chests

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave the commencement speech at the US Naval Academy Friday, May 23rd, 2014.  I don’t know Hagel well and don’t really have any bones to pick with him but I found his call to the Academy graduates interesting. The US military, in high and low ranks, has continued to make... Continue Reading →

Off With Their Heads!

`Would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, `why you are painting those roses?' Five and Seven said nothing, but looked at Two. Two began in a low voice, `Why the fact is, you see, Miss, this here ought to have been a RED rose-tree, and we put a white one in by mistake; and if... Continue Reading →

It’s a Matter of Perspective

I enjoy reading USA Today newspapers occasionally— it's usually on a Friday when I head to the coffee shop to read and write.  While I do at least skim most of the paper, truth is I'm really in it for the crossword puzzles.  These puzzles, like the rest of the medium, are for "everyman"— hard... Continue Reading →

Choosing to Live Intentionally in 2014

I've never seen an episode of Duck Dynasty but I'm familiar with all things ducky and Robertsonian (i.e., the family now famous for their duck calls, books, and television show).  Family patriarch Phil Robertson made comments about homosexuality and the Bible's treatment of same in GQ magazine, and the feathers began to fly in the... Continue Reading →

Despotic Government

Writing on the proposed United States Constitution in 1787 Benjamin Franklin said: ...I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people, if well administered; and I... Continue Reading →

Commencing Persecution

This province was first settled by (and a majority of the assemblies have ever since been of) the people called Quakers, who, though they do not, as the world is now circumstanced, condemn the use of arms in others, yet are principled against bearing arms themselves; and to make any law to compel them thereto,... Continue Reading →

Justice Stumbling

I visited the Kansas Supreme Court building recently, a building I had a very small part in building back in 1977.   While John Jones and I worked outside this landmark to justice providing water proofing membrane under the exterior granite walkway, a sculptor was working inside the building providing a symbolic element, the statue Justice.    A... Continue Reading →

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