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Patrick Scriven is a seminary educated lay person working professionally serving the Pacific Northwest conference of the United Methodist Church as director of Communications and Young People’s … more
The prom photos flooded social media this weekend — some taken by me, others by the teens’ own parents. Quickly, I realized that there were faces that I didn’t recognize, and I … more
Sometimes so many things change so quickly that they create unforeseen problems. I know that famed motto of the creators of Facebook was “move fast and break things,” and they certainly … more
Was thinking the other day how lucky we were to have good neighbors. Remember growing up in my teenage years in the Village of Liberty and my mother always going to the next door neighbor and … more
Last week was a sad one at the Sullivan County Jail in Sullivan County, Tennessee. An inmate passed away due to a medical issue. I don’t know the inmate. I don’t know anyone who … more
People often say, “One day we will look back at this and laugh.” When discussing my teenage years, however, we look back and say, “Was that real life?!” I was a unique … more
Guess what…a gasoline vs. electrified car war is charging the political spectrum in Washington. According to Jacob Bogage, who writes about business and technology for the Washington Post, … more
The trip to Westchester Medical Center takes nearly two hours from my house, especially in the early morning hours when rush hour traffic makes for periods of stop and go. It’s a trip … more
Life is full of mysteries. There are so many things that have no logical explanation. They just happen, and we are left scratching our heads in bewilderment. One thing I’ve always wondered … more
I was an active musician back in my younger years, took piano lessons for over 10 years, played the french horn in high school and college bands and orchestras, played the drums in high school, … more
When we walked into a college tour session in the middle of Boston last fall and spotted a father and daughter from home sitting right near the door, my first thought was “Oh, wow! People we … more
Well, although the signals have been decidedly mixed, I believe it is safe to say that Spring has arrived. In “The Wasteland” poet T.S. Eliot noted that April is the cruellest month, but … more
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