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Googolplex: Catching fire

Googolplex: Catching fire

Catching Fire is the 2nd novel of The Hunger Games, a trilogy series written by Suzanne Collins. The setting is a dystopia called Panem, located in North American. Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and 13 districts in varying states of poverty.2 Each year, children...

Dance lessons: Reclaiming God’s identity

Dance lessons: Reclaiming God’s identity

Tom Hanks, in the movie, A League of Their Own, said what men coaching teams of young boys and girls have said far too many times. "There's no crying in baseball!" The line in the script was not referring to an understanding found in a book of rules memorized by...

Satisfied: Give God’s plan a try

Satisfied: Give God’s plan a try

Piglets are crowded in a nursery at Greg Boerboom’s farm in Marshall, Minn. Credit Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times According to research published in the National Academy of Sciences Proceedings, more than 17,000 deaths a year are attributable to pollution from...

Spirited: Spirit-led food1

Spirited: Spirit-led food1

As a pastor, I get to hear a lot of stories. My least favorite stories are told about persons not in the room and involve something this person did or didn't do that created anxiety in the storyteller. These stories are particularly annoying when I'm the one telling...

Coming out: June 6 to July 25

Coming out: June 6 to July 25

The Center for Disease Control issued new guidelines for wearing face masks on May 13 that offer great hope for more of us coming out into the open. After a year and a couple of months of isolation from seeing smiles and frowns, many of us are excited to rejoin the...

Faith, fear, and neighboring: Whosoever local food1

Faith, fear, and neighboring: Whosoever local food1

Family farms make up almost 90% of the total farms in the U.S. The average small family farm is just over 200 acres. This is quite a difference from Waggoner Ranch, located in Texas, estimated to be well over 500 Thousand acres. This ranch was acquired by the niece of...

Nurture and nature: The contradictory role of mothers1

Nurture and nature: The contradictory role of mothers1

Cyndi and I watched an episode of the dramatic series, The Good Doctor, which featured two mothers finding love for their sons to be a stronger bond than their differences. Their lives intersected at a demonstration - on different sides of an argument. The writers...

Collateral damage: Taking care of genes1

Collateral damage: Taking care of genes1

I understand that there are still people in the world that question whether COVID-19 is real. I don't have the energy to keep up with the latest bizarre conspiracy theories that support ignoring reality. But stories about some individuals still in denial as this...

Sunbeams: Life is a symphony1

Sunbeams: Life is a symphony1

Sunbeams are amazing. For some reason, I can remember countless times, from my early childhood, noticing sunbeams seeming to dance in the air as they reflected off particles in the air. But have you ever tried to catch a sunbeam? Cats can tell you that sunbeams are...