Stomach flu

So last night the virus that had Bobby on Sunday night got a hold of me.  It wasn’t pretty. I think of people who experience this kind of distress a lot — people going through chemotherapy for instance.  I feel for them.  For me, I know this is just a passing flu and I will […]



Last night at 1 p.m. Bobby woke up vomiting, with severe pain in his gut.  We went to the emergency room, staying till 8 a.m. to rule out apendicitis.  Thank God he is okay.  Sarah, Bobby and I are exhausted. Need to sleep to regain my perspective on most everything.  They use sleep depravation to […]


Extended family

I was talking with a couple of people from my church about Christmas memories. They described legions of uncle and aunts and cousins gathering for great feasts; distinctly happy memories. I never had much of an extended family. When I arrived at Parsippany UMC my first born son was still in diapers. Yesterday he turned […]


Looking back

It has finally gotten really cold outside.  This is good in terms of the concern some of us had that global warming had taken away the winter cold for good.  Nonetheless, the body has a hard time adjusting to the cold after so much mild weather, and for me at least the warmth is missed. […]


One more day

Once upon a time there was a woman who was having some strange symptoms so she went to see her doctor. The doctor gave her this startling verdict: I’m very sorry to have to tell you this, but you have a terminal illness. You are dying. There isn’t really anything we can do to forestall […]


My dog, by Al Booth

(The following was written for one of our church’s writing groups.)  When it became time to begin putting down on paper those thoughts that had been occupying my mind ever since I heard about this writing group, I found myself suddenly stumped. Then I looked down and saw two sad eyes staring back at me. […]


A subtle shift

The last day of November. A subtle shift has been taking place inside me this Fall. I have taken to heart the words I wrote on the “Try Again” post a while back. I have spent a great deal of my life worrying about having people like me, and it has been exhausting and crippling. […]


Between fundamentalism and atheism

A follow up on this past Sunday’s sermon: Our text came from the end of the 18th chapter of the Gospel of John, where Jesus stands as a prisoner before Pilate. In the background are the religous leaders who have arrested Jesus and seek now for Pilate, the Roman, to condemn Jesus to death. Pilate […]


It’s Black Friday, and I’m feeling okay

It is Black Friday and I am feeling pretty good. The particular significance of this for me is that traditionally this coming month has been my worst season of the year. I know that there are many people who share this sentiment, but I also know there are lots of people who love this time […]


Carlton Pearson, and What I Believe about Who Gets Saved

One new entry into my pantheon of heroes is a preacher I recently heard about named Rev. Carlton Pearson. (You can hear his story told on the radio program, This American Life  ( Carlton was the rising star of the American Pentecostal movement, an African American dear to the heart of Oral Roberts who a […]