Author Archives: Jeff

What to Write

Writing in the Time of Global Trauma looks like it might be a topical blog post about the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a timeless meditation on what to write, what calls to the writer, grounded in the author’s life and … Continue reading

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Austin – Sinatra Serenades

About once a week, usually Fridays, we get take out. Last Friday it was Reale’s, our favorite New York-style Italian Restaurant. It has a small stage for live music, room for just one musician and their equipment. Wednesday is usually … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Good News – 100% Testing Key

Early on the fight against the coronavirus in Italy, the University of Padua did a study in the small town of Vo. The lockdown was enforced and everyone in town was tested, all 3300 residents. They found over half of … Continue reading

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Who or What is Worshipped?

On April 1, Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order “requiring all Texans to stay home unless they are participating in an essential service or activity.” Under pressure from some big church pastors, he declared places of worship an essential business, … Continue reading

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Youth ministry isn’t about fun

Excellent and moving story in the Christian Century about how a youth group was transformed by moving to a story telling format for people of all ages.

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Austin – Shaggy Nation

With barbers, beauty salons, hair and nail dressers, and dry cleaners all closed, Austin is going to get shaggy looking. Working from home or video conferences with the video off, it won’t matter. Shopping? Maybe nobody cares as long as … Continue reading

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We’re Number 1

According to Worldometer‘s Coronavirus numbers, today (March 26), the United States moved from third to first in the number of coronavirus cases (over 17 thousand new cases in one day). We’re number 6 in deaths. Yesterday I thought the total … Continue reading

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Austin – Curbside Service

Last week when we went to the HEB supermarket, they offered curbside service with all fees waived. We’ve now eaten all fresh fruit and vegetables in the house. It’s time to go again. Central Market (HEB’s premium brand) carries several … Continue reading

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COVID-19 – Show Me the Numbers

For those who believe in salvation by numbers, Worldometer‘s Coronavirus pages are ongoing source of revelation, especially the “Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance” chart partway down the page. You can sort by total cases, total deaths, … Continue reading

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Austin Shelter in Place – How Bad Can It Get?

Donald Trump and Dan Patrick (Texas Lt. Governor) are suggesting we roll back the lockdowns, shelter-in-place orders, and other measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in order to save the economy. Spain’s approach to controlling the COVID-19 … Continue reading

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