Tag Archives: Identity

The Name of the Game

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here The world of TV sports provides a window into a fascinating sociological phenomenon. The parents of younger American generations are going out of their way to give their kids distinctive names.  We’re talking about Millennials (children born 1980-1994), Gen Z (1995-2012), and the newly dubbed Polars (2013-2029), who won’t be… Read more »

Security and Significance

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. In 1965, guitarist Stephen Stills noticed an ad in Variety magazine.  A casting company for a new music-oriented TV show was seeking “four insane boys, ages 17-21.”  Stills decided to audition.  His music skills were excellent, but his misshapen teeth and ratty hair were not what the producers were looking for.  He returned… Read more »

The Focus of Our Deepest Hopes

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here..In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Dark Lord Sauron pours all of his power into a mere ring. When the ring is dissolved in the volcanic fires of Mt. Doom, Sauron’s seemingly invincible power vanishes, too. This was too much for one of Tolkien’s readers, a woman named Rhona Beare.  Not… Read more »