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Blessings Restored Redux

“Blessings Restored” is the title I picked for a 12-step workbook I wrote on coping with mood disorders: Dysthymic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Bipolar II, Major Depression and Cyclothymia.  It is loosely based on the format for a Celebrate Recovery step … Continue reading

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“La tristesse durera toujours!”

No, I don’t speak French.  Even though I am part French, like many Americans my French is limited to a dozen or so words and phrases.  The above quote is Vincent van Gogh’s last words: “The sadness will last forever!” … Continue reading

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Transitions: Phase Four

A few days ago Northland, A Church Distributed, announced that Dr. Joel Hunter was stepping down as Senior Pastor. He served in that role for 32 years. For 24 of those years I have been a steady congregant. About eighty … Continue reading

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Lonely But Never Really Alone

“Alone prevents a sole pretense…” The above was a line from a poem in the student literary magazine of New Mexico State University circa 1963.  It was written by a student a year or two older than I and it … Continue reading

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How To Cope Like Abe

I just finished reading Lincoln’s Melancholy. It is a book that examines in great depth the inner life and sadness to the point of despair of arguably our greatest president. The fact that he struggled with depression is fairly well … Continue reading

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Made Sad. . .

. . . that I might boast on His equanimity, His Shalom–and not just equanimity and wholeness, but Joy (2 Cor 12:5-10. Okay, so this is a bit of an adaptation of Paul’s famous “thorn in the flesh” passage. Though I’d … Continue reading

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Rosemary/Mary

I’ve just finished reading a new biography about the Kennedys as viewed thru the life story of Rosemary. She was the third of Rose and Joe’s nine children, born just after Jack and before Kathleen. Some of you may know … Continue reading

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