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What Do Jury Duty and Art Have in Common?

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April 18, 2018 — Wednesday morning. Sitting in the Jury Assembly Room for the King County Superior and District Courts.  The names of the first 36 potential jurors were just called. They are headed for the courtroom of Judge Timothy Bradshaw, one the 53 judges of the court. The King County court is the 12th busiest court in the... Read More

Earth Day and One Thing You Can Do

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April 16, 2018 — While looking for something else I found a quote I had written down years ago but which I thought was lost. The one I was looking for I did not find. So it goes. Sometimes these days looking for stuff is a bit of treasure hunt. Here’s the found treasure. On “Moderation,” from Rabbi Norman... Read More

Yikes! Dr. Seuss Is a Racist

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April 13, 2018 — Who knew? Dr. Seuss was a racist! Egads! According to a story on the local NPR affiliate KUOW, the characters in Dr. Seuss stories are 98% white. (Funny, I always thought the characters in Hop on Pop, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat and other Seuss titles were mostly green, blue and red.) Beyond... Read More

Mr. Zuckerberg Goes to Washington

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April 11, 2018 — There’s something strange about the Congressional hearings with Mark Zuckerberg that have been going on this week. I’m not sure quite what it is. Maybe that Zuckerberg in the halls of Congress seems somehow like a visitor from another planet? True, he’s exchanged his usual T-shirt for a dark suit and even a tie, but... Read More

What’s Tony Reading?

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April 7, 2018 — The other day our son Nick sent a photo of his two-year-old daughter, Lila, with a book open on her lap. Lila had told her mom she wanted to go the library. I thought, “Of course — she’s a Robinson.” Books — we love ’em. My sister and my mom were both librarians. We quip that... Read More

“Happy Easter” or not

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April 4, 2018 — Last Sunday — Easter Sunday — a friend at church asked me what the proper greeting is for Easter. “Do you say ‘Happy Easter?'” His expression indicated that he wasn’t sure that sounded quite right, or at least that it didn’t feel quite right to him. “Well, you can say, ‘Christ is Risen,'” I suggested.... Read More

Fifty Years Ago

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April 2, 2018 — This Wednesday, April 4, will make 50 years since the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While I do remember exactly where I was when I heard the news of JFK’s assassination in 1963 — fifth period geometry class — I do not remember precisely where I was or how I heard... Read More

A Poem for Easter

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March 31, 2018 — “The First Green of Spring” by David Budbill   Out walking in the swamp picking cowslip, marsh marigold, this sweet first green of spring. Now sautéed in a pan melting to a deeper green than ever they were alive, this green, this life,   harbinger of things to come. Now we sit at the table... Read More

Rejoice with those who rejoice

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March 28, 2018 — “Rejoice with those who rejoice,” Paul encourages us in Romans 12: 15. Sounds like a slam-dunk. You’re happy, I’m happy. But is it? Perhaps this is not so easy as it sounds. In fact, “rejoicing with those who rejoice” may require a transformation of our inner being. How come? Well, sometimes when others rejoice, we... Read More

The Passion According to St. John: A Feast of Irony

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March 26, 2018 — At our church yesterday, we heard the Passion narrative (Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, burial) from the Fourth Gospel (John 18 – 20) as the central part of our Palm/ Passion service. Each of the four gospels tells this story with slightly different and particular accents and emphases. As always, John is the most different of... Read More