Introduction and Index

Wreck of the Sea Venture 1609 Samuel Jordan was evidently the first Jordan to settle in English America. Some reports say that Samuel was born in Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England, and his birth year is given as 1575 or 1578.  Samuel is believed to have been on the ship Sea Venture that shipwrecked off Bermuda […]

Study Mandarin

At the Paris Climate Accords, China and India were labeled developing economies; therefore, less stringent demands were placed on them than on the United States and Europe.  Nevertheless, China pledged that it would take significant steps toward reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. President Trump did not trust them.  As they rushed to build the world’s […]

Till I See You Again

This past Saturday, October 16th, my dear friend and pastor Bishop Daniel Cox went home to be with the Lord.  I will miss him very, very much, but he had been suffering ill health for some months and wanted to shed his earthly body.  He is now in a far, far better place.  Daniel Cox […]

Rage in Loudon

There has been a great imbroglio in Loudon County Virginia schools of late because of LGBT issues and two reported sexual assaults by a transgender student.  The details are not entirely clear.  Under Federally mandated Title IX regulations, identities and reputations of the possible perpetrator and his/her victims are protected while the facts are investigated.  […]

Gretna Green

Love will always find a way. When I was a young boy in North Carolina I became aware that young couples would sometimes make a mad dash for South Carolina and get married there.  It was a runaway marriage or elopement, referring to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion.  Usually it involved a […]

Banned Prayer

In some young people sexual identity may not be firmly established.  A person is born as a biological female or biological male, but there may be environmental or other forces working on them to change their sexual identity.  If these pressures are strong enough, they might create a condition known as gender dysphoria, a term […]


Years ago I was working in a government agency that received a large infusion of money as part of a Defense Department build-up.  Overnight, the key to being judged a good executive became one’s ability to spend money.  Heaven help the manager who failed to spend all the money in his allotment; and in Orwellian […]

Tell Me Why

When I was in my teens, I had the opportunity to go on two Christian youth retreats.  It was a beautiful experience, and memories of those times continue to warm my heart.  In my mind’s eye I still see the faces of those young people, filled with the glow of faith and hope for the […]

Trump, the Gunslinger

I recently wrote that Trump is a polarizing figure.  His enemies hate him with a passion, and if he were to become President again the nation would remain split down the middle.  I stated my preference for someone like Marco Rubio or Ben Carson, men who might be capable of uniting the country. The more […]

A Maricopa Footnote

I do not wish to beat a dead horse.  It seems that the majority of American citizens, including many Republicans, wish to move on from the 2020 election.  However, that dead horse continues to emit a nauseating stench. The recent Maricopa County audit report included an interesting item that appears to have been totally ignored […]