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short stories, experimental bits of stories and excerpts from larger pieces

Science vs. Religion

For much of today’s world, science and religion are seen as opposing forces, mutually exclusive and entirely incompatible.  Some of today’s scientists identify themselves as atheists or agnostics and appear to think that a belief in God signifies ignorance in … Continue reading

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More visiting socialism

This is the third installment of this story. The first installments are below. “Boris!” followed by a string of Russian words woke me up.  Andre was here and it was time for dinner.  Tonight we would eat in the hotel … Continue reading

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More of my visit to socialism

After flying for a day and then a drive through Minsk, I was finally reaching my hotel where I could rest a little before dinner… Finally my host proudly announced “There is your hotel.” There on the top of a … Continue reading

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A visit to socialism

I was sorting through some of my old documents when I ran across my journal from my business trip to Minsk in 1991. This was shortly after the iron curtain was dropped, the Soviet Union was dissolved and Minsk was … Continue reading

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2500 Year Old Critique

More than 2500 years ago there was a prophet in Israel, Jeremiah, who was chastising the Israelite’s despicable behavior. Today, I read what he was saying and it struck me that his statement “This is the nation that does not … Continue reading

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An encounter with God

As I pulled hard on the buckthorn tree that was hung up in the branches of another tree, a pain suddenly went through my jaw as if it were being squeezed in a vice.  Surprised by the intense pain, I … Continue reading

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Is is easy to be a good person?

I just read a news story stating that 60% of the people of the United States (based on a PEW survey) believe that people can be good without religion.  Of course, this survey is done in a time when participation … Continue reading

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#notmypresident – really?

It seems people across the country are out in the streets protesting the election results.    It is perfectly reasonable to be unhappy or happy with the results of an election, but to deny the result without any claim of fraud … Continue reading

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Making Rhubarb wine

My garden produced a bumper crop of rhubarb this year.  After using all we could and giving away as much as we could, there is still a small forest of rhubarb.  Because I hate to waste anything, I searched the … Continue reading

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#Truth in Politics

I’m not sure where I first read this but it seems like it was written for the election  this year. “To me, truth is not some vague, foggy notion. Truth is real. And at the same time, unreal.  Fiction and … Continue reading

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Thank God Someone is Honest

The big news story yesterday was Pope Francis and Donald Trump in a “war of words”. After reading the background to the glaring headlines I must say, “Thank you Pope Frances for being a person to call a spade a spade!” The … Continue reading

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Finally, after 2 months of fermenting and racking and waiting, I bottled my wine. In my last post, I described a first racking.  A couple of weeks after that, I racked again and added four ounces of medium roasted American … Continue reading

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