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Jefferson area weakly -Time stands still for no one
Tuesday, March 03, 2020      5 comments

When people who are adults are making things up as they go along, they should at least acknowledge that what they are doing is Not An Extension Of What Those Who Came Before Were Doing. Hello?! We have some of the most disengaged populace... Read more
The saga of Jefferson area postponed -- a plea about Flavors of our food
Thursday, January 30, 2020      5 comments

My wife is allergic to fish oil, so we are not going to risk shellfish etc. Sorry, can't touch that. But in our foods we do seek flavors that accentuate and make us enjoy new nuances for the foods we eat. Otherwise everything might as well ... Read more
This weak in Jefferson area 6
Saturday, October 26, 2019      6 comments

So, this Sunday's readings are: (opt1) Joel 2:23-32 and Psalm 65 • (opt2) Jeremiah 14:7-22 and Psalm 84:1-7 • (Epistle) 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 • (Gospel) Luke 18:9-14 We are told in Scripture that Jesus learned obedience in the things ... Read more
This weak in Jefferson area 5
Sunday, October 20, 2019      2 comments

This week's readings for Sunday worship are Genesis 32:22-31 and Psalm 121 • 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 • Luke 18:1-8. I read both cycles actually so I read Jeremiah 31:27-34 and Psalm 119:97-104 also. Jacob wrestles with God due to his own sins ag... Read more
Jefferson weakly review 4
Sunday, October 13, 2019      6 comments

Part of me was puzzled at all the references this week on lepers, I'm meaning for the daily lectionary readings and the upcoming Sunday worship readings. But then I realized that in many ways if we think of lepers as "The Untouchables", it makes... Read more
Jefferson weak 3, not a typo this week
Thursday, October 03, 2019      2 comments

Psalm 119:49-56; Jeremiah 33:1-13; Matthew 19:16-22 I asked sincerely for God to break me in 2008. I am convinced God led me to the place where I saw the need for less of me and more of Jesus. He's still working on me eleven years later. My... Read more
Weekly Jefferson Area 3
Tuesday, October 01, 2019      2 comments

Not only is it necessary for us to realize that we need to be strong and courageous in the face of opposition from organizational evil done by "common humans", but it is also important that we find that we are too weak to stand up for ourselves ... Read more
Week two in the Jefferson area
Monday, September 23, 2019      1 comments

The daily readings for the 3yr RCL cycle C for Monday, September 23, 2019 are listed as Psalm 106:40-48; Jeremiah 9:12-26; Acts 4:1-12. It might be beneficial if you'd like to read last Sunday's reading since these are complementary readings Mon... Read more
This week in Jefferson area
Saturday, September 21, 2019      4 comments

The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings for this week (meaning for upcoming Sunday worship services in those churches who across the globe and denomination spectrum use it) are 1st reading_Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 and Psalm 79:1-9, 2nd reading_1Ti... Read more
Unashamed about my neediness
Saturday, August 17, 2019      7 comments

Even when I ran my own successful business up in Seattle, worked for a State's Dept of Health, worked for resolving payable accounts West of the Mississippi for the Federal Government, taught Sunday School for adults and preached even for the Ev... Read more
Considering the final frontier
Friday, August 09, 2019      5 comments

I looked at the Hubble image put out by Nasa, and imagined a smoke signal rising into the sky. I turned the image upside down and imagined its resemblance to a popular icon for steaming cup of hot coffee. I turned it sideways and I thought of th... Read more
Living life while distracted
Friday, August 02, 2019      8 comments

A favorite account of mine from the Old Testament is about doing what we know is right to do. It involves two kingdoms, two altars, two prophets, a donkey and a lion. It is found in 1Kings 13. From reading the account we can draw several conclus... Read more
Being a global human with a long food history, or a member of a current myopic clique.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019      4 comments

My DNA lineage is Scandahovian -- our mix is Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish; My grands settled in America in Michigan for the wooden boat builders and North Dakota for the farmers. But while I love pickled herring (either sauce), flatbrod, lefs... Read more
I just cannot stop sharing this trick for preserving homemade baked goods
Thursday, July 04, 2019      6 comments

If you substitute half of the water with starch-water (from boiled potatoes works best, but rice or spaghetti also as long as you don't salt the water) then the baked/fried goods will keep edible for much longer than suspected. First time... Read more
Armor and inoculation against the Blue Meanies in Life
Monday, June 24, 2019      2 comments

I reflected on my own personal, as well as social, "Blue Meanies" I realized that for me the trouble may stem from my want/need to be treated equal-liked-accepted or at least tolerated by my fellow human beings. Of course, I must do the sa... Read more

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