Gimme a little credit

I volunteered my time to a local group of creatives to produce a video of their latest production. One of their company, who attends my church, asked for my help and I happily agreed.I agreed because I wanted to support what they're doing. I agreed because I knew I could produce a quality ... Continue reading

Generosity, but with fine print

Ray Kinsella: "I did it all. I listened to the voices. I did what they told me, and not once did I ask what's in it for me."Shoeless Joe Jackson: "What are you saying, Ray?"Ray Kinsella: "I'm saying, what's in it for me?" Dialogue from the movie Field of DreamsRay Kinsella is a young ... Continue reading

Peacemakers in a world at war

A neighbor who knew I had money came to me one day with a plea: his mother was sick, needed medicine, and he was broke. Could I lend him $200? He would pay it back in a week, he said, but today he was strapped for cash and his mother needed help.I had some reasons to think he was probably ... Continue reading

Bulletin: Democrats more fair than God

IFILL: Sen. Biden, .. [y]ou proposed raising taxes on people who earn over $250,000 a year. The question for you is, why is that not class warfare...?BIDEN: Well Gwen, where I come from, it's called fairness, just simple fairness. The middle class is struggling. The middle class under John ... Continue reading

Wealth, poverty and generosity

I'm not a wealthy man. According to information from the US census bureau, the median US annual income for a family of 4 is $63,278. (Median, remember, means "mid-point," so half of US families earn less than that and half earn more.) My income is decidedly on the less side, but I am by no means ... Continue reading