Etiquette for the Queen?

New York Times is all atwitter (their word) about how the White House is seeking to accommodate Queen Elizabeth’s whims and wishes. Seems a little silly to me. If the President goes to Buckingham Palace, he follows British etiquette norms. If she comes here–seems to me she should slip into some jeans and eat some…

Limits to Forgiveness?

A “welcoming” congregation (UCC) has been divided on whether it can indeed welcome everyone. This Sunday, members will vote on a “safe church” policy that would set guidelines for accepting registered sex offenders. The policy would require such offenders to agree to undergo a psychological risk assessment and to accept a constant escort when on…

When God Is Near

Our 17 year old son, whom I’ll call “Brendan,” for the purposes of this post, has obsessive compulsive disorder. One Monday night in early March, I was out late teaching at a nearby community college and his OCD acted up. He had quite a blow-up and my wife, concerned that she wouldn’t be able to…

A tragic tale of a needless death

Hiker Dies of Thirst with Water All Around. His hiking companions had water, but they wanted Dave Buschow to tough it out and find it on his own. They stood by and watched him die of thirst in the hot desert and wouldn’t offer him any water. It was a “survival course,” they say; he…