Author Archives: Fred

“Fairytales” by L.A. Emrich

American sci-fi writer, Theodore Sturgeon once admitted, “Sure, ninety percent of science fiction is crud.” Yet, if you look beyond the exotic worlds, colorful characters, and off-the-wall plots, you’d find a profound genre rich in themes addressing real life issues. Chaos, deprivation, paradise lost and regained at the expense of what makes us human, killer… Read More »

Why I Don’t Want CPR

I’m a DNR – as in “Do Not Resuscitate.” To be honest, the reasons why I don’t want CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) are a mixture of both faith and fear. Faith that whatever happens after this life is really good and fear that those who pound on my chest may be able to restart my heart… Read More »

Awful Grace

Well the big news here is that the very kind folks at Pilgrim Press have graciously agreed to publish my book. This August, What the Dying Have Taught Me about Living: The Awful Amazing Grace of God will be available at a bookstore near you (or at least Amazon). The basic premise of the book (hence… Read More »

Mining for Gold

In his essay, “Divination and Deity in African Religions” (required reading for a course I am taking on global religions), Evan Zuesse has mastered the art of opaque writing. He obviously is a brilliant man who has done an incredible amount of research and packages his findings in such esoteric language that the reader is… Read More »

Quit Your Bitchin’

Margaret was a devout Presbyterian 95 year old bedbound lady whose loving family had nicknamed her “Bulldog.” Barely five foot and maybe 100 pounds soaking wet, this little spitfire of a woman had helped guide and shape her family for four generations. She was deeply loved and cared for by her offspring. I wasn’t in… Read More »

The Nursing Home

We fear the death of meaning more than the death of the body itself.[1] Abigail Rian Evans This nursing home, like most nursing homes, smelled of old people and stale urine. Over the years I’ve learned to carry a small cylindrical inhaler of lavender scent to ward off the repugnant aromas. After a couple of… Read More »

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

There’s an old saying that is supposed to be a Chinese curse (but isn’t actually Chinese at all), “May you live in interesting times.” The thinking is that peaceful times are boring and secure while interesting times are full of chaos and insecurity. Curse or not it does seem we are living in interesting times.… Read More »

Christmas 2013

“Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” Arthur C. Clarke Spent some time this morning reflecting on the meaning of Christmas. Trying to get beyond the orthodox answers administered by seminary professors, preachers, and theologians. Searching deeper than the cultural myths offered by saccharine… Read More »