The Pilgrimage of Pain

by Oletta Branstiter Author and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis examined the unavoidable dilemma of suffering in his book, “The Problem of Pain”, published in 1940. In this thoughtful study, Lewis reveals that: Humans have the capability to anticipate and philosophize pain. Pain shatters the illusion that we have all we need. Pain is a means to an end. Pain reminds us that this world is not enough. Pain is a foreshadow of hell to avoid. Pain is a condition experienced by most people at some time in their lives, and…

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The Last Temptation of Christ, And Other “Blasphemies”

by Oletta Branstiter I haven’t attended church for many years. Either I leave them or they leave me. Cases in point: One church banished me because I was living with my fiancé. We had planned to get married there, but they kicked us out. Ironic. We’ve been married since 1982, wed by a pastor who welcomed us to his church as fellow sinners.  I left another church because it was obviously under God’s judgment and I didn’t want to go up in flames with it. This was a literal fear after the building…

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President Trump Channels King Richard III With Ego-Driven War Mongering

Portrait painting of King Richard III

by Oletta Branstiter Schoolyard Bullies The U.S. President and the North Korean President are engaging in a playground competition to compare the size of their respective “missiles”, endangering the entire globe. Did we expect anything less? In his usual style, Trump tweeted a threat to Kim Jong Un: Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017 When confronted by media for the bombastic tone, the Commander-in-Chief doubled down by…

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The Jabberwocky of Doublespeak – The New Political Lingo

By Oletta Branstiter “`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves,  And the mome raths outgrabe.   “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun  The frumious Bandersnatch!” From Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll   Those who have kept their wits about them since the Obama administration are responding to this quote with cocked heads, bewildered expressions and a quiet, “Wha-a-a-t?” Many others, who have accepted their rapid…

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Glass Bones and Paper Skin

By Janice Barlow Nursing home upon a hill Withdrawn and still Beckoning Strong scents of pee and must Of hair and dust Of fear and rust Fading distant memories Of golden leaves And buzzing bees The gentle touch of evening’s breeze How time’s swift chase has stolen these And turned its youthful song to groans This shrouded home My dreams it owns Of feeble moans and limbs too thin Glass bones and paper skin Please follow and like us:

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