Speaking With Aliens

Some years ago, living in a new city, we followed our usual practice of going to church. Since we were new to town, we were also new to the church.

There were five of us: a fairly vanilla set of parents, albeit sufficiently pleasant and appropriately dressed so as to avoid being off-putting, our fourth-grade daughter, Christine, second-grade son, Chuckie, and Star, my three-year-old niece who had just come to live with us. Just your normal All-American family goes to church scenario. Read more »

Job’s Comforters

So there you are in the middle of one of life’s train-wrecks–dazed, wounded, wondering what shoe–or bomb–will drop next, and up walks Job’s comforter. Read more »

The Road to Death Goes Through Tolerance

Tolerance. It’s a good thing, a socially desirable thing, isn’t it? What could possibly be wrong with tolerance?

I’m so glad you asked. Read more »

Perfection Is a Myth

You’re not perfect. I’m not perfect. Nobody’s perfect. Give it up. Read more »

Closed Doors and Open Windows

It’s said that God never closes a door without opening a window. True enough, but finding a window can be a trick when you can’t see in the dark. Read more »

Keep A Sharp Eye Out

My son sent an e-mail to say he had ordered a gift for me days ago, with delivery promised before the big day, and he sure hoped it got there. Read more »

The Problem with Vulgarity

What’s up with the lamebrains who speak the potty-mouth dialect without giving even a smidgeon of thought about how others will receive their message?

Step this through with me: Read more »

Being A Daddy

I noticed a mom, dad and little girl, probably about two, behind me, in the checkout line, at Costco. The little girl was playing a happy game of hugging and kissing, accompanied by lots of giggling, with her mom.

Then the little girl reached out her arms to her father to include him in their happy game. But he straightened up and sternly said, “no,” and his daughter’s expression turned from happy to dismay. Read more »


Some people make a big deal out of things they don’t understand. For instance, when the Bible says the husband is the “head” of the wife, they jump up and down insisting it means husbands are the boss.

Well, no. Read more »

A Quick Look At A Major Misunderstanding: Ephesians 5

If a discussion of the roles of husband and wife comes up, the uneducated Christian heads directly for Ephesians 5–and proceeds to misinterpret the tar out of it. Read more »

Quotes: The 30-second pick-me-up

Today is announcement day!

With many requests to publish a book of my original Quick Takes On Life quotes, I came up with a smaller, I think more usable format–a portfolio.

The new You CAN Get There From Here portfolio includes selected quotes–all formatted and lovely–to use as screen savers, print as small motivational posters, etc.

To check them out–and see a sample– click here. (Or paste http://QuickTakesOnLife.com into your web browser and give it a click.)

At these prices, you can’t afford not to get a little hope and motivation!

How To Save A Tea Party

My three-year-old niece, Rachel, came to live with us the on the same day we moved from New York to our just-built home in Connecticut. Nobody really planned it that way; it just happened. Read more »

The Young Soldier

Bette Dowdell

(An excerpt from On We March: A memoir of growing up in The Salvation Army)

Somebody came up with the idea that Cousin Butch, he of the black curly mop of hair, and I, called “Bright Eyes” by Grandpa, should be a cover picture for “The Young Soldier,” the Salvation Army’s national Sunday School paper, a signal honor indeed. “Talk about adorable!” swooned the adults. Read more »

Speaking With Aliens

Some years ago, new residents in town, we ventured into church one Sunday. There were five of us: a set of parents, sufficiently presentable to fit in well in just about any club, and three cute-as-a-button children: fourth-grade Chrissie, second-grade Chuckie, and Rachel, my three-year-old niece who had just come to live with us. Just your normal All-American family goes to church scenario. Read more »

Fighting For His Life

(Excerpted from Bette Dowdell’s book, On We March: A memoir of growing up in The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army included Social Service Centers, or Socials, residential rehabilitation centers for alcoholics. (Socials, now called Adult Rehabilitation Centers, or ARCs, are the part of the Army that picks up donations and sells them in their thrift stores.) Residents typically came to the Social from long years of addiction. If they stayed sober long enough to come and request help, they could join the program, which included a place to stay, regular meals, clothing, medical care, Christian AA meetings, counseling and a job. Their work gave them an income and also kept the Social going. Read more »