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For the want of a nail . . .

I don’t typically devote my weekly blog to reporting on the status of my health. But the latest of circumstances suggests that such an update might be appropriate. Since several friends and family have called to check on me. A recent heart catherization revealed some major blockage in some major arteries, so I was scheduled for coronary bypass surgery a …

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Editing as Reverse Plagiarism

Some time ago I “divorced” the, then, new editor of the “Faith and Values” section in the Sunday edition of Charleston’s Post and Courier newspaper. Since he so consistently changed what I had written to, instead, say what he wanted to say (the way he wanted to say it), rather than what I had said (the way I had said …

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What’s Good for the Goose . . .

I’ve spent most of the last four days in the hospital, the “highlight” of which involved the catherizing of my heart that revealed some blockage which needs un-blocking. So I’m scheduled for coronary bypass surgery on August 28. Having just taken a few weeks’ sabbatical, I hadn’t planned for this subsequent interruption to where and what I would prefer being …

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Americans United

This Sunday, August 11 at 5 PM, I will be attending the local Charleston Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU). The quarterly hour-and-a-half meetings are held in Gage Hall on Archdale Street. If you want more information, call me at 843-425-6601. Americans United, established in 1947, is comprised of persons who advocate for support …

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Being Loved In Spite Of

Here’s another probing piece my friend, Barbara Bennett in St. Louis, forwarded to me on email. Written by author, Tim Criden, it has a darker, perhaps more cynical tone to it. Or is it merely realistic? Whatever–I think it’s worth reading–and I hope you will. My weekly blog is taking a break for the next several weeks. Something the Bible …

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Being Present

In recent weeks, I’ve received a couple of different articles, forwarded to me on email by my life-long friend, Barbara Bennett, who lives in St. Louis. Both of these pieces I’ve found so important, I’m passing them along in my weekly blog. This week’s offering is by novelist, Jonathan Safran, adapted from the 2013 commencement address he delivered at Middlebury …

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Three (Short) Human Interest Stories

Prodigious pianist, teenager Micah McLaurin, is being celebrated in local classical music circles these days, having been awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In recent years Micah has competed successfully in prominent international piano competitions and performed with various symphonies world-wide, including the Cleveland Orchestra, where he played the famously difficult Chopin Concerto No. …

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Training or Education?

The current “graduation season”–from my grandson, Shepard Cadwell’s 4-year-old kindergarten “graduation” in Denver, Colorado, to a nation of high schools, colleges, universities and professional schools–reminds me of two different articles that have recently come my way. The first was an op-ed piece in the Post and Courier (May 21) by University of Maryland economist, Peter Morici. He’s the little guy …

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Where Were You When . . .?

The “cover story” of the April 17 issue of the Christian Century reminded me of where and when I first read Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” It was the summer of 1963–fifty years ago; I had just finished my sophomore year in college–and I had driven a girl I “had the hots” for to where her parents …

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Angelina and My Mom

Movie star Angelina Jolie’s recent announcement that she has undergone a double mastectomy, a considered effort to try to avert breast cancer for which she has revealed her personal genetic propensity–it evokes memories of my mother and her health circumstances over half-a century ago. Not to mention, a stark awareness of the enormous medical advancement in such a surgical procedure, …

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