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Jesus is a man on the move with a mission in Mark’s Gospel

Roots of Faith

The second in our series on the Gospel writers looks at Mark, the shortest and most energetic of the four Gospels. Jesus is a man of action. He’s constantly on the move. We see the words “and,” “immediately” and “at once.” He’s healing, teaching and performing miracles nonstop, except for brief periods of prayer. Unlike the other Gospels, the book […]

Health issues don’t stop determined veteran

Veterans Connection

I first met John Taylor, who most folks call JT, at a hotel in Ventura when I helped check him into Project Roomkey. As part of the statewide program, high-risk homeless people are placed in motel rooms so that they can shelter in place during the pandemic. JT had to move out of the room he was renting because his […]

Older voters address important issues

Other Side of 50

Why do seniors turn out to vote more than any other age group? Older adults, especially those that are no longer working, are particularly susceptible to changes in policy made by elected officials. A large percentage of their income and access to healthcare resources are tied to government programs. It also helps that seniors have years of experience voting, are […]

Eye appointment is a real eye-opening experience on human nature

Other Side of 50

I was brought up in a household where we were taught to see the best in people. In most cases, giving folks the benefit of the doubt has served us well. However, based upon a recent experience my mother had, I think being a bit more cautious, especially as we age, is warranted. Because of her underlying risk of glaucoma, […]

Social isolation results in memory loss

Other Side of 50

Fifty-four years ago, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song “Eleanor Rigby,” signaling us to “look at all the lonely people.” Studies in the U.K. show that half a million people over the age of 60 spend every day alone. Today, scientists around the world are worried about the effect of social isolation on older adults, especially in light […]

Four gospels, four distinct views; Matthew the traditionalist

Roots of Faith

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tell the story of Jesus’ ministry on Earth. Why don’t we have one book about Jesus, rather than four distinct profiles? In a celebrity biography, the basic facts are the same, but much can be different. The authors may interview different people. Eyewitnesses may recall the same incident in various ways. Likewise, […]

Memories help bridge the distance

Other Side of 50

It has been eight months since I’ve seen my mother. I miss her tremendously, but I do not think at this point it is safe to travel 3,000 miles by plane and rental car. So I continue what I have been doing and make my morning phone call to my mother while I walk the dog. A few years ago, […]

Pandemic brings life changes to a marriage

Other Side of 50

Due to COVID-19, my husband and I are at home a lot more these days. All that togetherness has given me time to reflect on how my husband and I manage change over time. Of course, marriage created modifications in my lifestyle right from the start. Following in my mother’s footsteps, I felt responsible for having a homecooked meal on […]


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