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Eating Like a Roman

Doing the cooking, or being a good cook in the way that modern-day foodies want to demonstrate to their friends, was not something a Roman host aspired to. There were people for that.

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Automatic Politeness

One summer I witnessed my son and his two friends sitting near the bottom of a grassy slope in front of my home. All three had their Game Boy’s out working on making it to new, unexplored levels of Pokemon, a game series in which they each possessed a cartridge. When one would get stumped, the other would offer to help them through that part of the game. Hi-five’s abounded as they reveled in their accomplishments, and consoling pats on the back when certain failure occurred at each new level.

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Call it even now?

New anchors reaction to the event ran the gamut from solemn to gitty. I even saw broadcasters exchanging high-fives on air. If you tuned in at the wrong time you’d have thought the Canucks finally won a Stanley Cup.

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Waiting for the End of the World.

This is an old post from an occasional series, “Losing My Religion.” You can find the original post here. In it, I write about religion and religious issues from the point of view of...

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Thanksgiving and The Refinished Table

What do you have to be thankful for? Family, health, love, employment, all things that typically get mentioned at a time like this. I’ve recognized them on many Thanksgiving Days in the past, and likely will in the future. On this Thanksgiving Day I have a TABLE to be thankful for. A table? It’s not an obvious thing to be thankful for is it?

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My Sisters Took Different Paths In Life

I have two of the most wonderful sisters ever created by God or man. Robin is older by three years, Melanie is younger by four. Both of my sisters have a gentle spirit, always looking for the good in people and even at this age in our lives they remain disarmingly naive about the underbelly of society. Don’t get me wrong, they haven’t had their head in the ground, they’ve just chosen to see things in a better light than most.

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