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2017 Year of the Fire Rooster

The Rooster Crows For 2017

The Chinese New Year, or the “Spring Festival”, is the most important holiday in China. It is also the longest, spanning 2 weeks. This year it begins on Jan. 28th, (or the 27th if you’re in the USA). It ends on Feb 15th with the Lantern Festival. Public celebrations will feature a giant dragon parading […]

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Celebrating God’s Children Past and Present

The last day of October and the first few days of November have a long history of religious traditions. It’s rather funny how we celebrate Halloween today, as a day to dress up in spooky, gory or funky costumes and beg for candy. Most of the meaning of this holiday has been lost in translation […]

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Culture and Art Move the World

“People often think that politics moves the world, but that is not the case. It is culture and art that move the world. It is emotion, not reason that strikes people in the innermost part of their hearts. When hearts change and are able to receive new things, ideologies and social regimes change as a […]

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"Claude Monet - Jardin à Sainte-Adresse" by Claude Monet - The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

Visionaries Bring A New Perspective – Culture Change

Some people come into this world with the capacity to think differently, to see from a new perspective. Usually their views and actions create controversy, even scandal, because they are too different from the established culture. It takes time as well as great dedication and persistence on the part of these visionaries before their ideas gain acceptance. […]

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Finding the Beauty in Life

Our current message series is focused on the doors that sometimes open or close before us. Doors are a good metaphor for opportunities or what we allow in or shut out.  I often find that God puts things in front of us for a reason, but it’s always our choice as to whether we step […]

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The Sacred Application of Music

This week our Sunday message was given by David Eaton, Music Director of the New York City Symphony. Both an audio and video version of his message will be available soon. Although I can not do justice to the very inspiring message David shared with us this past Sunday, I will try to give a brief synopsis. […]

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Puppy Love

Puppy love is more than just a test of your gag reflex. God invented it. This little blogito began on an Amtrak train stalled in Philadelphia Station. The polar vortex had downed some lines north of Trenton. A conductor strolled by and I heard his radio say “… squak… crackle… sixty to ninety minutes…”. “We’re […]

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Oh how your heart does sing to me (poem)

Do we really need another dippy love poem? Well of course we do. What a question. “Every man should plant a tree, have a child and write a book.” So says the Talmud and/or Cuban patriot and writer Jose Martí. Everyone should also write a poem of love. At least one time. This poem was […]

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Perfect Homes and Gardens (poem)

A little illusion goes a long way.   Perfect Homes and Gardens Larry Moffitt I drive past the giant homes, hard-bodied estates of Balmoray Valhalla Sunset Parkway Drive asking aloud, “What is it you people do? How is it you get to have one of these places?” I slather myself, first with loathsome envy and […]

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Farmer Brown (Poem)

A farmer of red dirt. This poem is set somewhere in time, between the last polio poster child and the end of home milk delivery, when they stopped making farmers (except for the exceptions). There was this old farmer I hung with three miles north of Fairland, Oklahoma, walking that funny way you do over […]

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