1923's Lessons for Today

I'm finally working my way through the volumes of old Short Talk Bulletins [https://shorttalkbulletin.com/] published by the Masonic Service Association of North America [https://msana.com/short-talk-bulletins/].  One of the earliest, from March 1923 presents some interesting lessons for today's masons navigating a politically tumultuous world.  It's a…

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 [https://www.dailyposter.com/the-labor-day-graph-that-says-it-all/] from the Daily Poster [https://www.dailyposter.com/].  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 [http://newescapologist.co.uk/] 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…

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…