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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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Watch and Wait Ending

Over the past three-and-a-half months I have been in a watch and wait phase. This is a period when treatment is not indicated but the progression of the disease is closely monitored. For a couple of those months the leukemia has been progressing negatively, slowly and steadily, while the preferred treatment wasn’t F. Read More 
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Connecting to the Holy

Life is Holy.

I have felt the presence of the Holy many times throughout my life. This is probably one of the main reasons I became a priest, though at the time of my ordination I didn’t know it. What follows are some of the ways the Holy has used to touch my  Read More 
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Watch and Wait

I saw my oncologist yesterday. He said I am finished with the Chlorambucil. It has accomplished what it can. The long-term risk of damaging my body outweighs the short-term benefits continuing on the drug might provide. I am again in a “watch and wait” period.

It is unclear at this moment if my body  Read More 
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