The Case of the Disappearing Bald Eagle

Brenda and I attended a conference about the Missouri River at Ponca State Park this weekend. One of the presenters (and his cohorts) deserves to be called out. His talk was based on a paper entitled, “Dynamics of plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides) forests and historic landscape change across the upper Missouri River, USA, Environmental Management,” …

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Thomas

Note: It turns out that this essay is part two of an earlier essay about the Gospel of Mark. I wrote that essay as a stand-alone, but after the essay was done, my mind kept working. + + + + + + + I’ve been pondering Thomas, who doesn’t come off too well in John’s …

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Trampling … and Other Great Easter Words

Newness and violence are inextricably related. I was reminded of this last night as the massive spring storms moved across the central U.S. even as Orthodox churches throughout the region were ringing in the news that Christ is risen from the dead, during the midnight Pascha service. (Today, not last Sunday, is Pascha – or …

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An Author with the Gift of Understatement

I've been traveling. Traveling and creativity don't necessarily go together. It's why I haven't posted anything for the last month or so. I'm currently reading Neal Stephenson's Anathem, a science fiction novel. I love the following dialog: She said: "Do you need transportation? Tools? Stuff?" "Our opponent is an alien starship packed with atomic bombs," …

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