1923's Lessons for Today

I'm finally working my way through the volumes of old Short Talk Bulletins published by the Masonic Service Association of North America.  One of the earliest, from March 1923 presents some interesting lessons for today's masons navigating a politically tumultuous world.  It's a brief bulletin titled "Roll Call" by E.…

A Christian Call to Community

The book I read in 2021 that is sticking with me the most is Rodney Clapp's Naming Neoliberalism: Exposing the Spirit of Our Age.  Clapp reviews neoliberalism as it exists today before applying scripture and theological scholarship to explain a better way. A couple key highlights I noted: "By contrast,…

Happy New Year 2022

The new year is a good opportunity to pause and reflect.  Review last year, assess where you are, and plan where to go next. Part of that exercise this year for me reminded me that I don't blog nearly as much as I would like.  Hope to make this a…

Labor Day 2021

In honor of Labor Day 2021, I'll direct you to this article from the Daily Poster.  Among other things, it discusses the relationship between income inequality and union membership.  Worth the read to remember why the labor movement is valuable.…

Moving (again...)

We finally achieved a milestone in 2020.  We had a house we owned turn from "Recently Sold" to "Off Market" on Zillow.  Apparently, that takes three years.  Even though I felt like we were finally settled down, we kept a passive eye on the market.  About a month ago, six…

Adding Old Blog Posts

I started blogging in early 2005.  I'm not even sure what platform I used back then.  At some point, I transitioned that original blog to Wordpress.  I shuttered that effort sometime in 2007 after starting a federal government position.  I just found all those old blog posts in a SQL…

Make More Jobs Dream Jobs

I'm a frequent reader of Robert Wringham's New Escapologist blog.  I generally agree with what he has to say about finding your way in the world.  However, I think he missed an opportunity to redefine how you find a dream job in his recent post "So Much for the Dream…

Advent 2020

This being a year largely devoid of church for us due to a pandemic, we are going back to a family "tradition" (we only did it a year to two) from my childhood. We are planning a dining room table advent wreath the kids can light before dinner during this…