Author Archives: JPM

Merry Christmas!!!

Good morning, all… It is just before 6am on Tuesday, December 6. John just left for work and I am prepping for finals. Working on my degree has caused me to suspend other, less squeaky tasks. This is rationalized by … Continue reading

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Captain Of My Soul

Literature, as life, seems to demand that its protagonists travel full circle. Opened doors must be closed, and closed, reopened. Suffering seeks remuneration; matters seek resolution. Noble avenues are pondered; forbidden paths explored, and reparation made. Nineteenth century poet, William … Continue reading

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Three Requirements of Summer

Hey Everybody, It’s June, and I find myself asking with some frequency, ‘What year is it?’ My parents always said that time accelerates as we get older. So, so true. I enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of long walks. … Continue reading

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A PURE, PERFECT TONE

 In the 1980s, Johannesburg, South Africa was a city of transition. The decade began on the heels of the Soweto uprising, and the world kept watch as the nation took its first steps toward ownership of apartheid. Campaigns were formed … Continue reading

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For God So Loved That He Gave

Merry Christmas, Everybody! It is that most wonderful time of the year – a time for family, parties, great food and a real need to shop. How much better can it get? It has been great to hear from you … Continue reading

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If I Had My Life To Live Over

When a Dayton, Ohio newspaper editor read her work in the Kettering-Oakwood Times, he offered the new wife and mother a regular column. Erma Bombeck earned $50 a week for her articles that ran under the title, Operation Dustrag. Crafting … Continue reading

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God’s Mass Choir

It reads like an afterthought: a casual claim within the grandiose story of creation. Following a narrative on solar and lunar systems comes this five-word sentence: “He also made the stars” (Gen.1: 16 NIV). Astrophysicists use the Hubble Space Telescope … Continue reading

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Mighty Mouse, Flash Gordon, and That Other Guy

When I was young, I loved mornings (still do!) On Saturdays I’d tiptoe to the kitchen for a stack of crackers then settle onto the floor in front of our 13-inch black and white television. With the volume barely audible, … Continue reading

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The Very Best Is Yet to Be

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They were friends with the Jewish population long before the Germans arrived. Casper ten Boom and his daughters, Corrie and Betsie, worked, lived and worshipped alongside them in the heart of Haarlem, Amsterdam. They participated in their Sabbath rituals and … Continue reading

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Go Back the Way You Came

Solomon was twelve years old when his father appointed him King over Israel. He reigned for forty years and accomplished much, yet, in disobedience, took some 700 foreign wives who built altars to strange gods. Displeased, God warned that He … Continue reading

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