tom rupp

A Word to the Wise: Springsteen’s new release touches a chord

I never buy any new music these days without first giving it a test listen. However, there is one exception to my rule — Bruce Springsteen. The Boss seems to speak in a language ...

A Word to the Wise: Did Jesus come to abolish religion?

Religion gets a bad name from time to time. Sometimes it may seem to be a deserved chiding. Jeff Bethke has earned over 19 million views for his YouTube post titled, “Why I hate ...

A Word to the Wise: Life is like a theatrical production

We recently attended a memorial service for a family member who died last month. The memorial took place at the Bob Hope Theater in Stockton. Located on Main Street, it was formerl ...

A Word to the Wise: Appreciating the long and short of life

Not long before he died late last year, columnist and general overall curmudgeon Andy Rooney stated in an interview, “There is so much going on, who couldn’t write a column?” ...

A Word to the Wise: Whitney Houston's death makes us think about life

Here we go again. Life is going on as normal and suddenly the earnest TV reporter interrupts the routine with the breaking news of yet another celebrity death. This time it was si ...

Word to the Wise: Watch what you say - to yourself

All too often we affix labels onto others. All too often we live up, or down, to the labels that others have placed upon us. Years ago Shad Helmstetter wrote a book titled, “Wha ...

A Word to the Wise: Celebrating two centuries of Dickens

I love to read books. Now, before you accuse me of stating the obvious (what else can you read?) let me explain. The advent of e-readers, for some, marks the beginning of the end ...

The search for beautiful music

I am playing tonight with one of the best Christmas gifts I ever received — the iPod that came into our home in 2005. Even more than six years later, there is still 20 percent of ...

A Word to the Wise: Looking at the positive side of sports

Last week I wrote about the dismal world of professional sports. To be fair, I wanted to spend a few minutes and also look at the positive world of sport. During the introduction o ...

A Word to the Wise: Delving into the messy world of modern sports such as the Penn State controversy

We have not had a lot of good news from the world of sports lately, and it almost always about money. Years ago professional basketball player Latrell Sprewell held out for million ...