Category Archives: Reflections

Dept. of Alternative Facts: Reputation

reputation: (n) the knowledge and esteem in which people hold someone Our local weekly paper ran an editorial in the January 6, 2021 edition, which questioned how sullied the reputation of evangelical Christian groups has become because of backing President … Continue reading

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Dept. Alternative Facts: Epiphany

epiphany: (n) a sudden realization, discovery, or awareness usually of something divine, spiritual, or metaphysical Epiphany: (n) the feast day to celebrate the day on which the Magi found Jesus I will let the letter speak for itself. Cut to … Continue reading

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Poem: What If

What if, when Gabriel called,Mary said, “No”; And, John baptizedwith water for repentance,but no baptismof the spiritfollowed; And, he lost his headafter Salome danced,to be forgottenas one more fanatic; And, no one washealed in body or spirit, andhad no need … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Injection

injection (n): something that is inserted into something else, such as a method of administering a vaccine with an injection; or, a method of distributing public funds to stimulate economic activity. Spoiler Alert, we will cut to the case: Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Poem: Dad Had A Good Life

Born, as he was,in the depressionand the world at war,he grew up without,and learned to make do. Family, friends, neighborsmake communities,and were the focusof his life,as a backgroundof stability and security. He came of agein the era of Americanprosperity and aspiration. … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Or, And

or: (conjunction) the option of one of two possibilities and: (conjunction) the possibility of two, linked options I overheard a co-work and client talking about the pandemic the other day. We often banter about various topics while working. The client … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Thanks Giving

thanks (n): an act or statement of gratitude giving (v): to offer an object to someone else This Thanksgiving season, I have been hearing al awful lot of grumbling. Those making such statements fall into two opposing groups. One grumbles … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: My Bondage and My Freedom, by Fredrick Douglas

My first memory of a peer of African-American descent comes from elementary school. Sammy. That is about it. We grew up in tract-home, suburban, white, middle-class, college educated, California. Sammy was athletic. OJ Simpson and Muhammad Ali were sports heroes. … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Value

value: (n) the importance that someone assigns to some object, person, or idea; often expressed, in our culture, in monetary denomination, or as my father-in-law used to say, “Something is worth what someone is willing to pay you for it” … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: History

history (n): the narrative of events, usually written by the victor and those in power, easily skewed to a specific view point on the events, especially when working with a set of alternative facts Black Lives Matter rallies, marches, kneel-ins, … Continue reading

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