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Infrequent urbanite

I’m a country boy turned small town guy turned suburbanite for the past 28 years, and I’m fortunate enough to get to visit some nice cities on occasion. I live just outside of Raleigh — recently named the best city in the Southeast — and I...

Planned obsolescence?

My old pair of Nikes must have come with an expiration date I didn’t see. I tend to wear my shoes until I wear them out, especially those we euphemistically call tennis or track shoes: I haven’t played tennis or run track in more than 40 years. On me,...

New finds from an old geezer

Tel Gezer (pronounced “geh-zer,” not “geezer”) has been in the news lately. Though it has been excavated off and on (and sometimes poorly) since the early 1900s, recent excavations offer tantalizing evidence that seems to support biblical...

Triple dipping

Smart phone apps can be a boon or a boondoggle, depending on whether they promote productivity (thereby saving time), or goofing off (thereby wasting the same). I don’t want to suggest that game playing can never be worthwhile, but anyone who has dabbled in...

Big money?

There must be big money in medigap insurance. Apparently some¬†government records that include birthdays are open to the public and regularly mined by companies hoping to profit from the information. I don’t know whether information brokers glean and sell such...

Things I learned in Montana

I’ve been home from the Northwest for nearly a week now, but my mind (and my computer) remain loaded with powerful images of austere peaks, lush meadows, vibrant wildlife, and cottony clouds that fill mountain clefts like ice cream in a bowl. A lot of that time...

Playing catch-up

Blogging about a trip that’s more fun than work feels a bit self-serving, or like bragging, but I figure some folks might enjoy the pictures and a reflection here and there, so I press on. It’s easier to read than current politics, at least. Since wifi is...

Cold days, warm fellowship

Joining this year’s Nurturing Faith Experience in Yellowstone and the Tetons has been quite the experience so far, with an unexpected arctic blast that brought July temperatures into the 30s, but failed to put a chill on the camaraderie among our 19 travelers....

NABF elects new leaders

The North American Baptist Fellowship (NABF) is moving forward with new leadership following a meeting in Vancouver July 7. Elijah Brown was elected to succeed George Bullard as executive director of NABF, an organization of more than 30 Baptist organizations and...