Category Archives: Oddities

Let It Snow

Well, I suppose the title gave me away.  I like snow.  I like the look, the feel, the novelty, and the memories it brings.  I like thinking back to the days of yesteryear and the evenings spent on my Radio … Continue reading

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Animal Rights Gone Wild

Here’s your quote for the day: If they (the animal-rights movement) established through culture or law that human beings have no intrinsic dignity greater than any animal, the world would not be a better place for either humankind or animal. … Continue reading

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Oh, the Places You’ve Been

Our “Yota” (the white 1995 Toyota Corolla station wagon) recently hit an important milestone.  Metaphorically speaking, that is.  It’s been hit by a deer in the side and a pickup truck in the back.  It’s hit a light pole in … Continue reading

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Puny God

It had to have been my favorite moment from “The Avengers”.  A full scale battle is underway on the streets and in the skies of New York City.  Our heroes are just holding their own but they can’t hold on … Continue reading

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Life Is a Funny Thing…

That’s what I said to my bride a few days ago.  “Who could have known that when I was on my way to play that soccer game a few Saturdays ago that I would come back with my knee in … Continue reading

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Not What I Wanted to Hear

One Sunday last fall, I was preaching on Ecclesiastes 12.  Verse 1 reads: Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have … Continue reading

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My Own Personal Insanity

Feeling the sting of a VT loss As far as definitions go, a “fan” is said to be “an aficionado or a supporter,” “a person with a liking and an enthusiasm for something, such as a band or a sports team.”  … Continue reading

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The Stupid, the Irrational, and the Foolish – My Day at the Waterpark

I spent the day recently with my son and one of his cousins at a water park .  And, in addition to a low-grade sunburn, it produced the following observations. First – The Stupid.  This applies to myself.  Just why … Continue reading

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Unexpected Lessons from an Unexpected Guest

We said our goodbyes to an unexpected guest today.  Well, actually, my wife drove him out of state to be adopted by another family.  Perhaps I should explain.  A little over two weeks ago, a black lab mix of a … Continue reading

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Living in a Photoshop Reality

Okay, I have to confess that this was simply one of those times when I saw the picture and then wrote the blog to go with it.  But I just couldn’t pass this one up.  I mean, how many times … Continue reading

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A Christmas Letter, Part 2

Okay, maybe I did stretch things a little in that last post.  But there was a grain of truth to every entry.  The names were not changed.  The places mentioned were all visited.  And the activities and interactions all took place … Continue reading

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A Christmas Letter, Part 1

In the spirit of the “family Christmas letters” we so often receive, I thought I’d compose one of my own.  And what better way than to walk you through the events of our family’s year in chronological order… January – … Continue reading

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So, what’s your style of play? (Part 2)

Being of Swiss descent, I was particularly struck by this bit of insight regarding Team Switzerland.  Stark and Stark write, “The Swiss are nothing if not methodical, and they have methodically made the World Cup tournament for the second time … Continue reading

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So, what’s your style of play? (Part 1)

Some insight from World Cup soccer.  Steven D. Stark and Harrison Stark note in their book (see http://worldcupsoccervoice.blogspot.com/), World Cup 2010:  An Indispensible Guide to Soccer and Geopolitics, “With soccer intertwined with issues of national identity, the World Cup is … Continue reading

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“There’s nothing wrong with her ear…”

Please allow me to vent a moment.  I was walking with Hope this morning in a neighborhood across the street when we were stopped by a pickup truck from a local roofing company.  The men inside wanted to know if … Continue reading

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Facing the blue line of death

Well, it has finally happened.  I knew it was only a matter of time.  That vertical blue line on my laptop screen that I learned a few weeks ago was a symptom of sure monitor failure…well, it turns out that … Continue reading

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What’s that moving in my shoe?

Okay, this is where reader participation comes in.  Let me explain. So I’m driving down the road with my son this past Friday to the Salvation Army to help with flood relief.  And I feel this strange sensation in my … Continue reading

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