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A brief Update on my Health

I haven’t been blogging because I was putting all of my energy into Hangtown II. Then about March/April my CLL fired up. I was hoping for a minimum of two years of “normal” life, but got just one. Fatigue, night sweats, weight loss increased. My blood lab numbers reflected the renewed activity  Read More 
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The Enlightened Ego

I became worked up last night when the nightly news reported a story about current political events. The people I disagree with were acting in a way that made me furious. I dealt with the situation by eating an ice cream bar. That helped with my upset spirit, but didn’t help my  Read More 
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Helping Children Grieve at Christmas

I was poised to begin a series of blogs about death when the horrible shootings in San Bernardino took place. So I am juggling the order of a couple of the blogs. Today’s blog is a reprint from the Compassionate Friends of Los Angeles, Vol. 25, No. 12-December, 2009, which I found in the  Read More 
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Guest Blog: Refugees and the American Response

Today I am beginning a series of guest blogs. This is an excellent essay and I urge you
to read it and respond. It is shared with permission.

The Good Samaritan and the American Response to the Refugee Crisis

November 17, 2015 Christian Winger
Last Friday, France was shaken by a violent and horrifying display  Read More 
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Money in California in 1851

One of the challenges I faced while writing Hangtown was how to describe financial transactions. Exchanging money for goods was more difficult in the 1850s than it is today. Here’s why.

The first complication was paper money was outlawed: the California Constitution of 1850 prohibited it. Paper money at the time was regarded as  Read More 
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On Creativity

Like many of you, I watched the PBS account of the life and work of Jim Henson. His creativity inspires me, as does the creativity I experience in others. The show started me thinking about my love for creativity.

I awakened to the importance of creativity when I was a new parish priest. I  Read More 
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A Salute to the South

This week was huge in the course of American history. The upholding of the Affordable Care Act and the recognition of same sex marriage indicate that when the moment is right, change happens.

As enormous politically and practically as these two decisions were I believe an even larger breakthrough occurred with the movement to  Read More 
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Good News

Hello, good friends. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Let me briefly update you on what’s been going on.

I am finishing with my trial study treatments and they’ve gone exceedingly well. The only side effect I’ve experienced has been weight gain. I’ve put on 28 of the original 40  Read More 
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Small World

I went with my wife yesterday to a local retirement home to visit two of her paintings she’d hung on one of the walls just outside the dining area. We took an elevator marked #1 to the second floor, took a sharp right and began our walk through one of the many cavernous hallways.  Read More 
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Hope...Frustration...Hope

Since my last blog I’ve been preoccupied with treating my CLL and writing Hangtown, an historical novel.

In March I began taking Ibrutinib, the current “wonder” drug for CLL. Three pills a day and the disease is contained and managed. The cost for the first month alone was just over $2700, with additional months  Read More 
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