from where I sit

From Where I Sit: Indecisive shopper on aisle nine

Ah, the basic grocery list. It is so easy to shop when you have a list of things to buy. Are you a person who rarely deviates from the list? I go in, fulfill the list and get out, ...

From Where I Sit Ask yourself, ‘What can I do?’

We had a special speaker at church. He was a representative form Compassion International. As he brought a message from the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10, he pulled out ...

From Where I Sit: I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God

It was a blessed weekend. On Saturday morning I attended a men’s breakfast at Community Bible Church, one of our fine local churches. I have stayed connected with them over t ...

From Where I Sit: My recent Civics 101 lesson

File this story under “no good deed goes unpunished.” It started with a good intention – helping a stray dog stay alive. Then he ran away from our house, his temp ...

From Where I Sit: Life is only boring for the boring

In his Psalm of Life, William Wordsworth wrote, “life is real, life is earnest.” Maybe so, but in the meantime, there is Monday. Or any other day, for that matter.  ...

From Where I Sit: It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood

About six months ago, my neighbor Craig told me about a party he was planning and wanted me to make sure and mark down the date. It seems our neighborhood was turning 25 years old ...

From Where I Sit: I left my stress in San Francisco

City living is nothing new to me. Being raised in Baltimore acclimated me to heavy traffic, multicultural and multiracial expectations and a general way of life you cannot get in t ...

To catch a thief, watch their eyes

You know who you are. I saw you. I was in the Family Christian Book store.  Modernized hymns softly played overhead. And there you were, the two of you. You came into the st ...

From Where I Sit: The latest report from Voyager I

In 1977, I had just graduated form high school. Disco was in the air but it never caught on for me. Many other events occurred the same year, but one especially has recent signific ...

From Where I Sit: A new bundle of joy in the Rupp household

In July, 25 of us from the church went to El Salvador for our annual mission trip. It was intense, focused and memorable. We returned to the States and had a get together to decomp ...

From Where I Sit: Is too much alcohol being served in Folsom?

I do not drink alcohol, never have liked the taste of it. It is also probably not the case I would take up the habit if someone offered the “right” kinds of drinks. I h ...

From Where I Sit: His name is Andrew

The world can be quite a cold, impersonal place. We go about day by day rubbing shoulders with familiar strangers, people whose faces we may recognize but whose names are as a secr ...

From Where I Sit: Modern day inkblot tests reveal who we are

When we were children, we sometimes would look at clouds and try to determine what objects they looked like – a horse or a cat and so on. Then when we are adults, certain typ ...

From Where I Sit: Marking 10 years at The Telegraph

I am sitting here in the cool of the evening as breezes blow softly through the window, reminiscing. Some days are somewhat robotic and automatic while other days are thoughtful an ...

From Where I Sit: The open door of El Salvador

By the time you read this, we will be returning from El Salvador. You read that right – the small Central American country, the only one without a border on the Gulf of Mexic ...