• Archive for February, 2018

    All Endings Are Hard

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    “All beginnings are hard.” So Chaim Potok begins his 1975 novel, “In the Beginning”. All beginnings are hard, but so are all endings. Yesterday, Tim’s 18 year-old cat, Rosencrantz, finally said goodbye after a pretty good run and a late fight with kidney issues. That’s a good age for a kitty. And being at...

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    Where I Would Go

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    If I had time off and the money, where would I go, someone asked me. Time off, and the money. I think about going quite a bit- mostly, I think, because I don’t. Fear has a way of needling me to stay put, to stay with the familiar, to stay where it is safe....

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    Numb

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    Basically my day was learning that the Corrs started recording again in 2015 after a ten year pause, and learning that Matt Scannell and Vertical Horizon had a new album coming out this week, and learning that Emily Blunt and John Krazinski have been married and have two kids, despite their careers, and having...

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    Worship Words and Wandering Thoughts

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    Church this morning was good. The pastor talked about service opportunities. The music featured an old hymn that I enjoyed. It also contained a modern song that had a verse like so: “You said, “Ask and I’ll give the nations to you” Oh, Lord, that’s the cry of my heart Distant shores and the...

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    Neighborhood Store

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    When my dad was young, he said his mom used to send him to the store almost every day. The store was Smith’s, a family grocer across the street from Lincoln School. In those days, you had store credit, so his mother could ask him to go to store without money, and he could...

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    46

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    Thank you, Facebook Memories, for the reminder.

    Five years ago today, on February 23, 2013, the 16th-ranked UNM men’s basketball team, still under Steve Alford, headed to Colorado State’s Moby Arena for a first-place showdown with the #22 Rams. At 21-5, Colorado State had been surging and, just a game before, had enjoyed a six-game winning streak to tie New Mexico...

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    The Leap

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    Every hero has a weakness. Every icon has a fault. Every human has failings. If you will revere a human, recognize that someone else just won’t. They’ll delight to find a flaw in your favorite and shout it around just to see him fall. It’s always easier to flatten giants by shouting facts about...

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    The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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    Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

    As a child, I was raised as a Southern Baptist. As a young adult, he helped me to choose to remain one. He was above politicking and partisanship, above heavy-handedness and religious histrionics, above sensationalism and celebrity worship, above glad-handing and condescension. He loved God. He loved Christ his Savior. He loved the Gospel....

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    Braden

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    Clackety-clackety-clack. The train passes a long feild. A red barn and farmhouse sit angled toward each other at the back end of it. The white of a passing post is bright under the midday light. “Braden”, he says. “Braden.” In front of him, a large toddler lays mounted on top of the the green...

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    Regret and Want

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    A friend of mine shared this quote post from Toby Mac with me today. It’s a good one, as Toby tends to circle around important ideas and make you stop and consider what you are doing in the big picture of life by his pithy saying at any given moment. I remember hearing (when...

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