Mexican paper wasp

Here and there as you wander around Oaxaca, you'll run across these sorts of nests hanging from tree branches or under the eves of houses. They are quite impressive structures, and always busy with activity. Unlike the sorts of bees' or wasps' nests you find in North America, I've rarely seen these ... Continue reading

Mercy from a long way off

To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: "A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, 'I want my share of your estate now before you die.' So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons."A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and ... Continue reading

Syria and isolationism

"At town hall meetings in their districts, the congressman reports, House Republicans are hearing 'an isolationist message.' It's not America's war. The evidence that the Assad regime used chemical weapons is ambiguous, maybe cooked. There isn't a compelling national interest to intervene. 'Let ... Continue reading

The impulse to murder

Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go for a walk." And when they were out in a field, Cain killed him." — Genesis 4:8, CEV It was a case of sibling rivalry. Cain was the firstborn son of Adam and Eve; Abel was his younger brother. They were all farmers, of necessity, and we might romantically ... Continue reading

Mirage

"That iPhone provides some of the comforts and a sense of security that religious faith provides," said Robinson. "It promises to connect you to the world and to the transcendent. … Yet most people spend most of their time looking at the same five or six sites online — like Facebook — that primarily ... Continue reading

The truth about Superman’s phonebooth

Phone booths have all but vanished from the American landscape, to the delight of the myriad faceless number crunchers who toil at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. It's bad enough that the extinction of the public telephone has created so much hardship for cellphoneless citizens like myself, ... Continue reading

Out with the old…

It has been just a bit more than 10 years since I started blogging. I don't much like change, but after all that time my old blogging platform had become cranky and unreliable. So I threw out the BandAids and moved to WordPress. That move has allowed me to fix things that were broken, add some new ... Continue reading

Do-gooders

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. — Galatians 6:9-10, NIV We Boy Scouts are required to do a good ... Continue reading