Category: General

Crazy Enough?

August 19th, 2012, No Comments

So far this year, I’ve read somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000 pages. As I’ve started to read more, I’ve started to watch TV, movies, and Youtube less, because they are simply boring and shallow in comparison. War and Peace, in particular, deeply touched me. Lately I have been reading the Wheel of Time series, […]

The Mennonite Mecca

April 9th, 2011, 3 Comments

I’d like to paint you a picture of the sorts of things that have been going on around here the past few months, and with growing fervor the past few days. I’ll start with church basements. Possibly a little chilly, but with a bunch of women getting together to make some quilts — along with […]

Rudy Schmidt & Time Capsules

October 27th, 2010, 3 Comments

This evening, I arrived at church for mens’ chorus practice. I was surprised to see this sign on the door: Rudy Schmidt died rather unexpectedly, but peacefully on Wednesday morning at his home…. One of the benefits of living in a small community is that I get to know people of all ages around here. […]

The Thrilling Conclusion of Goerzen vs. Dell: Sweet, Sweet Victory

August 9th, 2009, 2 Comments

When United Airlines recently broke some expensive guitars but refused to pay for their negligence, the owner of the guitars made a Youtube video. United corporate HQ noticed, and were so embarrassed that they fixed things. I’ve had some trouble with Dell breaking the law, and their corporate HQ noticed, were embarrassed, but didn’t bother […]

The Election Results Are In

November 12th, 2008, No Comments

It’s close! In the township where we live, Barack Obama defeated John McCain by 15 votes! I guess I should mention that the victory margin was 166 to 151. So it’s not like it was 15 votes out of millions. In all, 333 people in our township cast ballots, or about a third of the […]

What magazine to subscribe to?

November 2nd, 2008, 24 Comments

A few years ago, I — yes — subscribed to a paper magazine (US News). I didn’t continue my subscription because I stopped reading it. I stopped reading it because, frankly, there wasn’t that much worth reading a week after I heard it on NPR. I find I spend entirely too much time reading at […]

Tabor’s Centennial

October 20th, 2008, No Comments

You know you’ve got a bunch of Mennonites together when the pastor spontaneously asks the church to sing “Jesus Loves Me” while the children walk up for their children’s story. And, without music, everybody spontaneously breaks into beautiful 4-part harmony. It must be genetic or something. It was a day of beautiful singing of hymns […]

One Hundred

October 10th, 2008, 1 Comment

Today, as I was riding my bicycle home from work, I noticed that the road maintainer had been by on the dirt and sand roads near our house. Unfortunately for me, he left a few sections of road with deep sand, and I almost wiped out several times. I ride a bike with narrow road […]

What Traditional Values Mean to Me

October 3rd, 2008, 21 Comments

A comment on Facebook yesterday got me thinking what American “traditional values” are all about. We hear it a lot, and I suspect it means something different to different people. Here’s what it means to me. It starts with an ethic fundamentally informed by the central tenets of Christianity — which are also excellent standards […]

A response to “7 Ways Religion is Detrimental to Science”

June 28th, 2008, 22 Comments

I read 7 Ways Religion is Detrimental to Science, and thought it would be an interesting read. It was, but I don’t think it really made sense. Let’s look at the 7 ways they highlighted: 1. Faith and the Scientific Method are Opposites The article states: Faith is a belief in an idea regardless of […]

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