tom rupp

A Word to the Wise: Here comes the end once again

Well, as we get to the end of another year we cannot escape interest in the end of the world as well. 2011 saw at least one prediction of a major ending that never came. That’s ...

A Word to the Wise: Merry Christmas from this side of Folsom

Tomorrow is the winter solstice, otherwise known as the first day of winter. Of course, around here “winter” is a relative term. We have a friend named Lois who lives in North ...

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: Peace on earth begins in our hearts

This is the time of year when many people allow themselves to become stressed out with anxiety and worry. We establish expectations and then tailspin when those expectations are no ...

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 ...

A Word to the Wise: Enjoy simple pleasures simply at Thanksgiving

Some days I have a difficult time trying to come up with the words for this weekly column, even though I keep a list of possible topics nearby. Every once in a while the old nemes ...

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: Are happy economic days here again?

Most of us are not trained meteorologists. The best way we can often determine the weather is to simply go outside and have a look. It may not be very fancy but it is effective. I ...