We use music to influence ourselves, and ourselves, and create the emotions that we need to do what we want to do. Our father could never understand our taste in music. It was the 1980s, and my younger brother and I were teens. Dad was a singer and loved music, but preferred the Bobby Vinton… Read More Music and Emotion
The popular Southeast Asian botanical Kratom may be part of the solution to America’s opioid and mental health epidemics, or it may be part of the problem. Joe (not his real name) was a veteran and heroin addict in his mid-30s. He presented to the emergency room with a deadly blood infection. So weak that… Read More Kratom
Pundits, politicians, progressives, and prophets panic over Donald Trump’s “failures” in his foreign policy. They may want to reconsider “Disaster!” media outlets howl when they discuss American foreign policy in the first year of the Presidency of Donald Trump. Some commentators bemoan the withdrawal and even decline of US power, while others rejoice to see… Read More US Foreign Policy and Donald Trump
Words are not enough to encompass life. To experience the universe only through words is to miss life itself, and fail to enter the kingdom of Heaven I was waiting for a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport last weekend, and doing what I often do at airports…watching people. Thousands walked by, from flight crews with… Read More Words Limited
Contrary to what much of the modern world will claim, character is the fundamental requirement for excellence in every field. In the late 1990s, President William Jefferson Clinton had an affair with one of his interns. He then lied to a grand jury about the case. During the controversy leading up to his impeachment for… Read More Does Character Matter in an Artist, or any Profession?
A discussion of professions, the arts, art media, and the glory of God It is Christmastime, and Christians around the world are singing “Glory to God in the highest.” We rarely consider what they mean. In church, we may parrot the Westminster Shorter Confession, which states that the purpose of man is to glorify God… Read More Does One Art Form Bring More Glory to God than Another?
Isaiah describes the “marriage” between God and His people. Christians can learn much for our marriages as well. My youngest daughter was fighting a virus that sapped her strength and made her miserable. Good movies brighten her mood, and soon we were enjoying the six-hour British Broadcasting Company (BBC) version of Pride and Prejudice. Based… Read More A Land Called Married
People love their pets, and want to know what will happen after they die. The Bible provides an answer. About two weeks ago I saw John at a riverboat party. The general mood was light, but he stood alone in the shadows, his face stained with dry tears. John and his wife, their children long… Read More Will My Dog Go to Heaven?
The dangers of making decisions too quickly, with too little information, or with too much emotion. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price, was forced to resign after revelations that he took charted civilian and military aircraft on trips that were of debatable value to the US taxpayer. The… Read More Government Officials and Flights – Abuse of Money and Power?
The Kansas Underground Salt Museum is a family friendly salt mine and museum to explore near Hutchinson, Kansas. When Emerson Carey founded the Carey Salt Company to mine rock salt in Hutchinson KS in 1923, he could never have imagined that his mines would also turn into a popular tourist attraction and a storage vault… Read More Strataca