Plant-Based, Whole Foods, Three Weeks, Part One

Can three weeks of healthy eating make a significant impact on one’s cholesterol levels and other health factors? This is what I am about to find out since a few days ago I embarked on a three week, plant-based, whole foods diet. To say that there are many confusing health-promoting diet suggestions and plans out…

November Ballot Measures, Part Three – Arizona

In 2011 Arizona established Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA’s) to allow parents of children with disabilities to opt out of public schools and instead receive funds from the state to provide education for their children from other sources. Parents or guardians who enrolled in the program and followed its strict guidelines would receive a prepaid bank card…

November Ballot Measures, Part Two – Alaska

According to the Alaska Department of Fish And Game, the 2017 Alaska commercial salmon fishery all species harvest was 224.6 million wild salmon with an estimated preliminary value of $678.8 million, a 66.7% increase from 2016’s value of $407.3 million. In terms of pounds of fish, the wild salmon harvest of 1,041.0 million pounds ranks…

November Ballot Measures, Part One – Alabama

As of August 14, 154 statewide ballot measures had been certified for ballots in 36 states for the general election on November 6, slightly below the average of 173 state ballot measures in even-numbered years since 2010. This is part one of a series of blog posts on some of the ballot measures that voters…

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, Part Two

This is part two of an eight-part series of posts based on a selection of readings from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. There was once a woman who, due to advanced age and some pretty significant health issues, ended up becoming homebound. The pastor of her congregation would come to visit her regularly.…

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, Part One

The schedule of readings that our church follows calls for eight consecutive Sundays of readings from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians this summer. This is part one of a series of posts based on these eight readings from Ephesians. First, a little bit about the letter. It is one of four letters that Paul wrote…

St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

August 10 is the day the church honors St. Lawrence, a saint who lived from 225 to 258 AD. I am interested in this little-known saint for a number of reasons. He was originally from Spain, where some of my family lives, he has a fascinating story related to his martyrdom, and both my son-in-law and…

The Holocaust Before the Holocaust

I was at a quilt show admiring the outstanding handiwork of quilters from around the country. The quilting world has gone way beyond piecing together scraps of fabric leftover from making your own clothes to a massive industry led by some highly creative people. Suddenly I came across an area where all the quilts looked…

What to expect when election judges debate selfies

Preparations are under way for a couple of events that will dominate the news in the next few months, Minnesota’s primary election on August 14 and the mid-term general election on November 6. At a recent training session for Steele County’s election judges many routine topics were discussed; how to set up the polling place…