a word to the wise

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 ...

A Word to the Wise: Enjoy the universal language of music

We just returned from our first trip to the fine venue in Folsom known as Three Stages. If you haven’t yet visited, make plans to check it out. What a gem that place is right he ...

A Word to the Wise: The countdown to 2012 has begun

Did you notice the thick fog that enveloped several of our recent nights? Every time I see such a covering as this, a line from a Sandburg poem comes to mind — “the fog comes o ...

Word to the Wise: Leaves a’changin’ but it’s still my Father’s world

Because of our prolonged spring and relatively mild summer, the leaves around here are taking their sweet time changing and falling. I keep record of such matters each year. And no ...

A Word to the Wise: A view from this side of the Occupy movement

Perhaps like me you have watched the events of the recent weeks with some curiosity as groups of people “occupy” their cities in protest of ... well, something, or a growing li ...

Word to the Wise: Book of Job asks tough questions

Each week in our Sunday Bible study class we are surveying a book of the Bible as we walk through the entire book. Last week we took a look at the book of Job. Job is an epic (narr ...

A Word to the Wise: Psalm 23 remains relevant even today

I think a legitimate case can be made for the proposition that past generations of American culture have been influenced and informed by language from the Bible. Certain terms and ...

A Word to the Wise: Learning to appreciate the rhythms of life

Last weekend we went to San Jose to watch our two grandchildren play soccer. They are only 6 and almost 4 years old, so their “game” consisted of little more than learning the ...

A Word to the Wise: Eugene Peterson’s new release inspires ministry

Those of us who consider ourselves avid readers will sometimes take a liking not only to a particular genre but also to a particular author. My son likes John Grisham and Stephen ...

A Word to the Wise: Summer is the coolest time of year

I was just sitting outside at dusk listening to the crickets tune up for the night and enjoying a cool Delta breeze. As the sky darkened, the stars soon appeared. It’s a great ti ...

A Word to the Wise: Trying to detox from consumerism is tough

I recently borrowed a book from our wonderful local library. It is titled “Consumer Detox” by Mark Powley and subtitled, “Less stuff, more life.” The author seeks to convin ...

A Word to the Wise: Is 'The Tree of Life' the key to life?

I’m penning a movie review just because. Because it’s summertime. Because I wrote a movie review last week. And because I had a gift card for the movies. And here are three r ...

A Word to the Wise: A pill for every inconvenience

It seems as if every other commercial on television is for some new medication invented to deal with one of the many ailments that come with being human. Recently I noted two diff ...

A Word to the Wise: Ditch the computer and see the world around you

Here comes a rant. You can chalk it up to being a member of an older generation or you can attribute it to jealousy. It doesn’t matter to me. I am getting tired of seeing a certa ...

A Word to the Wise: Living with the 'check engine' light on

So there I was driving along minding my own business when suddenly the “check engine” light came on. That has never happened in the life of my car. At home I checked the vario ...