July 2015

The End of Christianity in the Middle-East?

Here is a very interesting article from the New York Times about the persecution against the church in the Middle East by radical Islamic groups. Well woth reading. Check it out:

Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?

What strikes me is just how hard it is for me to even pay close attention to this, and then to be concerned and then active about it. Which is probably true for many/most of us... 

What do you think?

What's On Your Literary Bucket List?

Italo Calvino, A classic is a book

Both Calvino and Twain are right when they talk about the classics.

Italo Calvino, in his beautiful essay - Why Read the Classics says, "A classic is a book which with each rereading offers as much of a sense of discovery as the first reading."

Mark Twain then reminds us, "A classic is a book which people praise and don't read."

To which I plead "Guilty as Charged about Dante's Divine Comedy." So, after reading Dan Brown's fun novel - Inferno, which featured a thrilling suspense story designed around Dante's Inferno, I finally decided I had to read this classic.

Five Lessons I Learned Early This Morning From a Friend With MS

So I am at my fitness center “insanely early” (for me). I started my workout at 5:30. I had been up since 2:30 reading, writing, praying… I had a day full of appointments, so I knew it was early morning exercise or none at all today.

I am on the elliptical machine doing High Intensity Interval Training and I see an older gentlemen moving through the machines. He had a brace on one leg and used a crutch to walk. It was obviously difficult.

A little later when I take a break, I am moving in his direction to use another machine and I stop and say hi, introduce myself and ask how his leg is doing. He tells me it wasn’t an injury, but rather, he has MS. He was diagnosed 10 years ago, but he said the symptoms were there a few years earlier. We move into a conversation which was very moving or me. Here are five thoughts I came away with from that ten minute conversation.