from where I sit

From Where I Sit: Celebrating 11 years writing for The Telegraph

I didn’t mean to plan it this way, but last week the column was about milestones and highlights. It just so happens this week marks 11 years now of my writing weekly for the ...

From Where I Sit: You’ve got (electronic) mail

So the Internet server called Yahoo is undergoing changes in the near future. They are sending out warnings that email accounts may need to be updated. It states they will “n ...

From where I sit: Adventures in reading the Bible

Did you see where the Folsom Chabad Jewish Community Center recently dedicated its new Torah? It took a year to write by hand. ] Rabbi Grossman was quoted here in the Telegraph as ...

From Where I Sit: Preaching in an Age of Distraction

Have you ever stood before a group to give a speech and fought numerous distractions in an effort to get and keep the audience’s attention? One time when I asked a congregan ...

From Where I Sit: Learning the wisdom of ‘sleeping on it’

Every once in a while, when you cannot find a solution and you are getting nowhere, it might be a good idea to lay it aside and sleep on it. Some people call it “putting it o ...

From Where I Sit: Living a disclaimer-free life

It is funny how your siblings sometimes share your traits. As an example, I was walking the block recently and decided to call my big brother on the east coast. In the course of ou ...

From Where I Sit: ‘Pruning’ books off the library shelf

The pruning continues, only this time it is not in the garden but in the library. I help out at the Sacramento campus of the Northwest University library and we are trying to get a ...

From Where I Sit: Already time for the pruning shears again

Did we ever have winter this year? There was that one week in December, but besides then it seems as if we morphed into a winter/spring hybrid that will soon become full-fledged sp ...

From Where I Sit: Enjoy the bearable lightness of faith

Sometimes you have to take your own advice. This occurred to me during our most recent church service. I usually open with a few remarks from the Bible to get our minds centered an ...

From Where I Sit: Showing kindness to a world of need

On Saturday some of our church members made the monthly drive to the Dream Center church in the heart of downtown Sacramento, at the corner of 15th and C streets. This local church ...

From Where I Sit: Saying goodbye (for now) to a fine friend

We had a group of young people from the church over to our house last Sunday for a Super Bowl party. It was nice being with good people whose company you enjoy. That is one of the ...

From Where I Sit: Looking to the sky for some liquid relief

One of the biggest stories in local news these days is the unusual dry spell we have been enduring for more than 44 days now. We have all seen the photos of Folsom Lake drying up t ...

From Where I Sit: Two recent films mirror real life

I walked through our lonely and quiet neighborhood during the sad Sunday night. There are no more decorated houses to count, although four houses are still lit up for the holidays. ...

From Where I Sit: Giving is a yearlong celebration

Merry Christmas! The big day is here. Well, it is here when and if you read this. Because of deadline constraints, I have to write today’s column six days ahead of time. It ...

From Where I Sit: Preparing for holiday fun and dysfunction

We jumped right from Thanksgiving straight into Christmas with no break in between. So far at least 38 houses in our neighborhood sport Christmas decorations. I get a kick out of w ...