On Lying and Truth-Telling

Our world is full of strident voices calling “Lo here!” and “Lo there!”–and sometimes these voices overwhelm quiet truth. We are constantly being lied to, and lies that we believe have damaging consequences.

When I was young, I thought lying was an act like denying a theft from the cookie jar: a falsehood asserted as true, or a truth declaimed as false. I wasn’t wrong to understand it that way–but I’ve come to see the same evil in subtler guises, and I want to point them out.

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Cordimancy now available

Cordimancy is now officially available on the Kindle and in print via Amazon or at bricks-and-mortar stores (search for ISBN 1519219911).

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I would be most grateful for positive reviews on Amazon, word of mouth mentions, buzz on Facebook and GoodReads, etc–especially in the first day or two that these titles are listed. And my offer remains open of a free book to anybody who chooses Cordimancy for their book club or who donates $25+ to a charity such as Operation Underground Railroad or Free the Slaves.

Make sure you check out all the extras here on the website (see “Cordimancy” in the site menu).

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december afternoon, ten thousand feet

hazed by snow, sun slips
t’ward skyline; aspens stand, hail—
still, chill sentinels


My wife and I went high into the mountains on a getaway for our anniversary. Above Strawberry Reservoir, on one of the shortest days of the year, the winter light faded early. Even before the sun set, it was diminished by layer upon layer of cloud and ice droplets.

Once we turned off the snowmobile engine and just breathed, the quiet was intoxicating.

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