A day in the life

Cycle of Vicious Futility

The school shooting in Florida marks the eighth school shooting in the U.S. to have resulted in death and/or injury during the first seven weeks of this year. That’s right. In only seven weeks, we have endured eight mass shootings. Not all of the shootings have been mass shootings – a couple were suicide. Not all have resulted in any injury whatsoever, but highlight the danger that schoolchildren now face. There HAS to be SOMETHING that can be done other than inaction and sending thoughts and prayers, or declaring that… Read More
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Ash Wednesday and the Mortality of Man

Today is Ash Wednesday. While the rest of the Western world celebrates the feast of Saint Valentine honouring his martyrdom by giving chocolates and roses, sacramental Christians across the world are in a quasi-state of mourning. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer marking the first of the forty days of Lent, named for the custom of placing blessed ashes (made from the palm leaves which are waved on Palm Sunday) on the foreheads of worshipers at Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign of penitence… Read More
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True National Character

There are many scales by which we generally weigh the character of a nation. Some for the better, some for the worse. And there are many measures by which nations aspire to be sized up. Many nations have a strong gross domestic product. Others own a great share of debt owed by other nations. Some have gold and diamonds. Others have a strong and stable government with relatively happy citizens. Still others are medically and technologically advanced. These are all categories that they have striven for recognition within. But to… Read More
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On Faith and Feeling

I awoke to the following post, and it genuinely sparked my curiosity, as I am one of those people that worships only because I prefer to receive reward rather than punishment once I die and experience whatever afterlife awaits me… “If we worship God because we are afraid of punishment and Hell, then we are not worshipping God at all. If we worship God because we hope to receive a reward now and in the future an entry to Heaven, then we are not worshipping God at all.” Where does… Read More
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Xubuntu to Debian

One of my daughters is running Xubuntu on her laptop. Since the latest release of Debian (9.0 “Stretch”) should, in theory, have packages and kernel which are updated and superior to her 17.04 install of Xubuntu, I’m going to try a direct update from Xubuntu to Debian using dist-upgrade. First, I will do a complete backup of her Minecraft worlds, music and any documents. Then I will edit her /etc/apt/sources.list to comment out all the Xubuntu/Ubuntu repositories and add entries for the new Debian “Stretch” repositories. nano /etc/apt/sources.list And comment… Read More
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Memorial Day 2017

Winfield Kansas remembers. With a replica of the Washington DC monument, the Winfield, Kansas Vietnam War Memorial lists all Kansas residents lost in Vietnam. Plans for the Vietnam War Memorial in Winfield began in 1987 when friends who had gathered for a class reunion wanted to find a way to honor their fallen classmates.  The project quickly grew from honoring only Cowley County servicemen to representing all 777 servicemen and nurses from Kansas who lost their lives or are missing in action from the Vietnam War. It was also created as a… Read More
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Beautician In Training?

Gwendelynne decided that she was going to do Madelyne’s makeup, and Madelyne allowed it. What followed was a super cute photo opportunity, and a hilarious result. I hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed watching the “beauty parlor” session.   Read More
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The Lie of the Modern Age

We live in a world where it is preferable to be something that you are not. Where false pretence and misdirection are status quo. Television, magazines and ads bombard you immoral messages. Self seeking, self pleasuring, self gratifying and chasing after carnal desire rather than being the men and women that we were created to be, in communion with the Divine, are what takes precedence. No one is what they seem. The person that you see on Facebook, so happy… are they really? The relationship that seems to be perfect… Read More
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Fun in the rain

My two youngers bundled up (not sure why) to go get soaked, playing in a rain puddle in our driveway. General hilarity ensued, particularly due to the oversize purple coat selected by the youngest. 💜 All the while, my cat relaxed and observed them with little more than a passive curiosity… She appeared both comfortable, and unimpressed by their antics. Read More
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Five Years

Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the passing of my father. He is sorely missed. Even more so since I visited my mother this year in Arizona. She’s having a rough time, and at one point she mentioned that she couldn’t go into her room because Jim was in there sleeping, and she didn’t want to bother him. It was very sad indeed to hear her speak like that. She’s 85 now. He would have been 89 this August. My father was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Olive (Taylor)… Read More
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