As I age, I often think about how I will cope as my age related challenges increase. Will my current ability to bounce back be maintained when I am weakened and tired? Will I repeat the patterns of my predecessors as if biologically determined? What if I fall down and can’t get up? Continue reading “Age and Resilience”
The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism Continues.
“First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism’ resumes the story of Lee Brazil whose reemergence encounters a future world assimilating change, mystery and a cascade of new characters, encountered from the past, that lead the reader into a story that cannot be put down. Walk with Lee as he encounters a world changing in ways not earlier conceived, a kaleidoscope of sensation, trepidation, hope, and adrenalin rush. ~ Richard Lumb, criminologist and contributing author of The Police Journal “First Night”
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“Suspenseful, bold, and provocative, First Night takes the reader on a journey — ahead in time and across the globe, deep into some essential questions about what it means to live in an age of technological strides without losing the human heart.” ~ Rev Allen Ewing-Merrill, United Methodist Pastor
Most acts of terrorism in this country in the last ten years have been committed by persons radicalized in this country, not newly arriving immigrants or terrorists who have come across our borders. These are people who have grown up in this country. Some are first generation Americans, but many are fifth or tenth generation Americans. But all have one thing in common. They have not been integrated into our society. They have not been integrated into our society not because they rejected us and our values, but unfortunately because in many ways we have rejected them. Continue reading “Radicalization”
A Look at the Key Components of Hope
Recently I have noticed a commercial that plays frequently on television. It has to do with a couple, a young couple, who is trying to stay within their grocery budget. In the commercial they are known as “The Hopefuls.” They are hopeful in that they may be able to stay within budget the next time they visit their grocery. But, alas, they fail. Consistently they go over budget until the cashier at their market comes to their rescue. She introduces them to a new app that will help them stay within budget. They make a plan to use the new app in making their grocery list and to their amazement, they accomplish their goal of not overspending. The end. Continue reading “Hope: Optimism With a Plan”