Nectar

When I got my Canon 20D camera, my apartment complex fence seemed a logical beginning for my new photography hobby. After chasing the hummingbird for quite a span, I decided to set up a tripod and wait. An interminable hour later the elusive creature chose to extract the nectar from the flower I was focused…

Hyde & Seek

Who’s Hyde-ing behind your Jekyll! Photo by Henry Van der Weyde (1838-1924; London, England) [Public domain], via Wikimedia The Fictional story My WhittledWord for 11/11/2015

How’s That Working Out!

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do…

Diplomacy Deficit

The phrase “I have a diplomacy deficit!” was conceived in 2007 as my diplomatic description of my not so secret struggle with “foot and mouth” disease! “Open mouth, insert foot!” I am seldom guilty of saying too little, and much more prone to say too much. So I have a diplomacy deficit! How about you?…

The “Who” vs. the “Do”

I’m a Human Being, not a Human Doing! “Look what I did; see my work!”        Pride, though present, doubts still lurk. “You can do it,” many said.        “Just step out; just go ahead.” “I can’t do it, it won’t be.”        Used to be my doubter’s plea. Still, inside, my deep desire,       …

The Package vs. the Person

One indicator of spiritual/emotional maturity is that more satisfaction results from understanding than in being understood. It is revealing that admiration of features (appearance, gifts, talents or performance) merely indicates an acknowledgment and appreciation of them, not a love for that person. Facets are the authentic expression of one’s person (humor, empathy, loyalty, and temperament)….

Breakfast at Denny’s

My late morning drive to the local Denny’s restaurant just down the hill from my digs is a highlight in my otherwise boring life! It was not the reasonably priced menu that drew me. There is something more compelling for me. It is hidden on the back of one of the several menus; listed under…

Humble Beginnings

I’m glad He came through humble means; Amid the din of daily scenes. And not arrayed for royal reign; To live, then die with poignant pain. He paid the purchase price for me; With Him, I’ll live eternally. So now I live this daily grind; Assured my future’s sealed and signed!

Fauxny (Phony)

FAUXNY (FO-nee): Mercenary hired to influence political consensus by spreading a false narrative. For example, craigslist has run an ad for “actors” needed in Charlottesville. One eyewitness insisted that so-called “opposing parties” came off the same bus. There is mounting evidence that the public discourse is being co-opted by paid “persuaders.”

Presents or Presence?

In 2015 I made a trip to the San Jose area to visit family and friends. Arriving to pick up the promised checks for work I had done, they apologized profusely for the misunderstanding in having mailed the checks earlier. Having no credit cards, I had to navigate that week with another small amount they…

Likeminded

I crafted this piece in the summer of 1999 after viewing the movie “Runaway Bride,” starring Julie Roberts. The premise of the film is that of a runaway bride failing to grasp, delineate, and delight in her own uniqueness. Enmeshment traps one in the prison of someone else’s opinion of them: their likes and dislikes,…