Friday, December 29, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Unedited Footage of The Flood

Hurricane flooding in Houston. Briar Forest Drive looking east, toward the intersection with Gessner Road. Recorded on September 3, 2017.


Final Cut - A family moviemaking tradition comes to an end

From Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker, September 11, 2017 issue.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

New Orleans’ Queen of Creole Cooking Still Reigns at 94

A great story about a great chef and a great person. Leah Chase, chef and co-owner of Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans.

The Moundville Archaeological Park

Taking a break from the hurricane for a few minutes. This is a short video about a late-prehistoric site in Alabama.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Bernstein, The greatest 5 min. in music education

I often lament not paying closer attention in music theory class. This is a good five-minute substitute.

Unedited Footage of A Rose

The first post-hurricane rose bloom. Notice the sandbags still in the background.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Lowe's said they were sold out of sand. Which was true, but the lawn and garden section had bags of paving sand and paving base. The bags worked just fine.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Is The Gig Economy Working?

The internet and all of its accouterments has transformed many things, not the least of which is the way we work. Work in all of its forms has been revolutionized, but the question remains - is this new way of working really working?

Is The Gig Economy Working? - by Nathan Heller, The New Yorker

Monday, August 07, 2017


From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys 
good things, 
but the unfaithful have a craving 
for violence.
Proverbs 13:2

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Encouraging Good Writers

What Parents Can Do to Nurture Good Writers. An interview by Dana Goldstein. The New York Times, August 2, 2017. Read the article here. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Several of you asked about digital versions of my earlier novels. An eBook version of Sober Justice is now available. Here's a link

Sunday, July 16, 2017

We Face A Test

Refugees, immigrants, minorities, and the poor do not present a threat to us. But our response does. If we as Christians embark on a political, social, or personal path that ignores them, turns them aside, casts them back to the despair from which they have fled, then we harden our hearts to their cry and to the cry of the Holy Spirit. And when we do that, we cease to be the Church, cease to be a body of Believers, cease to be Believers at all.

For us, the issue of how to address the disadvantaged people of the world is a test. One that poses the question, do we really believe what Jesus said, and are we really committed to living in obedience to Him, or have we reduced His words and life to a collection of religious tenets to which we merely give mental assent? One offers the way to life. The other leads only to death - theirs and ours.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Monday, June 05, 2017

We Need Real Leadership

We need real leadership. Not the constant-campaign we get from the GOP. That latest healthcare bill that passed the House wasn't designed to help Americans get healthy and stay healthy. It was designed to pass, so GOP members could say to the right-wing base, "We kept our promise." That's all. No intention of moving us forward. No intention of solving a problem. No purpose whatsoever except to help members remain in office.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


According to available data, birthrates in the United States have steadily declined from a rate of about twelve live births per female of childbearing age during the eighteenth century to a current rate of less than two. Plotted on a graph, the birthrate trend-line follows a slope steadily downward with only one deviation - the period associated with World War II known as the Baby Boom.

Demographers date the Baby Boom in the US at various times, but from a statistical perspective the birthrate rose above the trend-line in 1940 and increased steadily to a peak around 1955-56, then declined back to the trend-line after 1964. During that twenty-five year period, approximately 33,971,000 babies were born (US Census Bureau, Table 53, Statistical Abstract of the United States (1970), p. 47). Births during that period produced a generation of men and women who went on to lead one of the most creative periods in human history.

In 1973, abortion was legalized in the United States with the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade (410 US 113 (1973)). Following that decision, the rate of reported abortions rose from 0 in the 1970s to approximately 1.5 million procedures in 1980. Thereafter, the rate declined to approximately 1 million per year, where it has remained since. From the time abortion was legalized through 2011, a total of approximately 40 million abortions were performed (See, Trends in Abortion in the United States - 2011, Guttmacher Institute (January 2014)).

Think about that for a moment.

Abortion has eliminated a generation the size of the Baby Boom generation. And with it, the creativity, ingenuity, and advancement that generation might have produced.

Monday, February 20, 2017


The book Radical, by David Platt has been out a while and I'm sure many of you have already read it. It has been on my e-reader for quite some time, but I only started reading it a few weeks ago. Great book about rescuing Christianity from the American Dream.

In this era's highly-charged political environment Believers often view Christianity through a political lens, rather than the other way around. Politics drives the train. Likewise, devotion to the American Dream, with its underlying philosophy of self-determination, often drives our lives, our priorities, and our theology. This book addresses that dilemma.

The will of God and the American Dream are not one and the same. Jesus calls us to a life of radical faith, not radical self-achievement.

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream

Wednesday, February 08, 2017


Four hundred years ago, more or less, Isaac Newton told us that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The notion of homeostasis applies a similar idea in a different way, suggesting that change in one area of a system dictates change in another. And so we find one of the great axioms of life. Whenever one thing wanes, another waxes. One lessens, the other increases.

As the United States withdraws from engagement with the world others, most notably China, have stepped in to fill the void. Trains, power plants, investment in agricultural production. Providing financing, technical support, and operational assistance. We back away, they step up. Our influence wanes, theirs waxes.

See below, Andrew Jacobs, "Joyous Africans Take to the Rails, With China's Help," The New York Times, February 7, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

He Who Oppresses the Poor

He who oppresses the poor 
shows contempt for their Maker, 
but whoever is kind to the needy 
honors God.

Proverbs 14:31