Beyond Borders

When Purity Hurts and Restoration Heals

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Parenting in the Age of Purity Raising four children over the last three decades, my wife and I encountered our share of challenges. The kids are fine, fun, and fully adult. We couldn’t be more proud of each one, including the excellent choices they made of spouses. We enjoy the young lives of our four […]

Books

On Two Books

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This past week, I had the pleasure of reading Ali Smith’s How to Be Both and the challenge of reading Jon Krakauer’s Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. In the first, creativity and the joy of uniqueness enjoy the stage under the poetic prose of Ali Smith. The author tempts and […]

Books

Partly Sunny

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The line of firs across the road droop with early morning frost. The neighbor’s rust and gold adorned Japanese maple glows in the dawn light. Yesterday’s dark, stormy demeanor recedes giving way to partial sun and chilly temperatures. At times, the weather conspires with my emotions. On sunny spring days, I’m glad for this. Autumn […]

Culture

Be One

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“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be, be one.” Marcus Aurelius Cormac McCarthy wrote the brilliant story The Sunset Limited. HBO brought us an excellent production by the same name http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1510938/ starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones who also directed. The central conflict revolves around the questions “who is […]

Film

Remnants of Irrationality

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Reflections on incidents from my childhood in which I felt my father behaved irrationally blaze into my thoughts at times when my own “perfect day” plan goes awry or is interrupted by the unforeseen incident. My dad seemed to succumb to these behaviors while driving, looking for a parking space, or any time he felt […]