Rejection and Revenge, A Breath Apart

There is a well-known account in Scripture (Gen. 4) that on its face seems simple and straightforward. Yet, the Hebrew writer presents a scenario with enormous ramifications. We must dig deep to understand its meaning for us. Now Adam had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to…

Revenge and Rumors of Revenge

  The croaking raven doth bellow for revenge. Hamlet (3.2.250)   How would you respond if a group of people became jealous of your influence and they decided to do away with you? Revenge, retaliation, reprisal and retribution. These are four words with the same connotation: returning an offense taken in back onto the offender;…

Sundays with Dad

  As I watch the U.S. Open Championship rounds at Pebble Beach, Calif. I can’t help but think of Sundays with dad. After a delicious home-cooked meal prepared by my mother, I would find dad on the couch watching golf. He wasn’t a golfer, but he must have found watching golf relaxing after a week…

800 Ordinary Beliefs

a short story… Tomas took a bus across town to see Dr. Mendoza. His sister had told him that Dr. M would know what to do. On the bus Tomas talked to a lady with a sleeping child. Tomas told her that he wished he could sleep at night like the boy. The lady, a…

Intersectional in All the Right Ways

Merriam-Webster’s Definition of intersectionality : the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups. I am intersectionality challenged. I am a white woman who was born into a lower middle-class family. I…

This Form Should Follow Function Out of Town

Every Sunday these days, as I attend church, I drive past a growing monstrosity. The miscreation covers one whole square block in the midst of a neighborhood of older classic-looking homes, homes with character that befits each homeowner. Even the new homes, as you will see, are fashioned with classic motifs. Both old and new…