AMBIGUOUS: lacking clearness or definiteness; obscure; indistinct:


Ambiguous is a word that can have a couple of meanings.  One is that it is a word that describes a phenomenon when one or more definitions can apply, such as the illustration to the right.   Is it a beautiful woman or is it Bill Clinton waxing jazz on a saxophone?   The point is that […]

THANKSGIVING DAY: is it a religious holiday?

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“Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.”* There is no question that the c elebration of Thanksgiving Day has become a secular holiday, even a National Holiday, in America.   The Macy’s Parade, the football games, the Westminster Dog Show, food, drink, […]

ANGELS: celestial beings who serve God

Over the past week there have been numerous comments from people reflecting on the tragedy in Connecticut which have referred to the role of angels.  For the most part, grieving people have said that the 20 children gunned down in their classrooms have “gone to Heaven to be angels.“  It is a convenient idea which […]

PRAYER: a spiritual communion with God

Today someone told me that he prays for me every day. He is a person I respect and consider one of the finest people I have ever known, so I was not immediately put off by his comment.   There have been times when people have said that to me and I have bristled or curdled, […]

TAKE A KNEE: a public gesture of bowing in prayer

The story rage in NFL football over the past several weeks has not been brutal defeats of reigning teams or even scandalous reports of inappropriate behavior by coaches.  To the contrary, the media has been focused on one man, Tim Tebow, the quarterback for the Denver Broncos.  And it’s not even his playing that has […]

GODSEND: a person or thing that comes unexpectedly but is particularly welcome

My friend, Newport Betty, sent along some nice comments to a recent blog posting and included the word godsend in one of them.  She indicated that it would be an interesting word to pursue, and I agreed. The World English Dictionary points out that in its earliest days the term was directly related to God […]