Cootie By Chrystie M. Smith There are times when playground gossip focuses on cooties:  who has them, who touched them, and how to get rid of them.  In a child’s world, cooties are often disseminated by the loathed members of the other sex, whose very aura is somehow contaminated with a vile, invisible, contagious substance. I was amused by various

April 10th, 2021|Categories: Chrysti the Wordsmith|

Archetypes and the Story of Joseph — Part 2

Archetypes and the Story of Joseph -- Part 2 Rev. Dana Horton We’re back! Our last post (more than a month ago) was about archetypes — or more specifically, how everyone has a combination of archetypes. Archetypes are not magical angelic creatures, but are personality traits inherent within each one of us. Understanding archetypes is partly about introspection (gawwwd). But

March 27th, 2021|Categories: A Quick Nine, Rev. Dana Horton, Spirituality, The Bible|

Integrating Tilghman High School in Paducah, Kentucky

Integrating Tilghman High School in Paducah, Kentucky Billie J. Gray This short piece is taken from a story written for a writing class that I recently attended. I dedicate this story to Timothy Gray (1967-2016).  He always strongly encouraged me to tell my story. So, here is a small part. Enjoy. The story that I am going to tell is

March 6th, 2021|Categories: Black History, Inspiration|

What Does Paul Say About the Afterlife?

What Does Paul Say About the Afterlife? Rev. Dana Horton In an earlier post, we examined what Jesus said, and more importantly, did not say about the afterlife. Let’s do a compare and contrast with Paul. Why is it important to examine Paul’s beliefs? Jesus and the apostles were all Jewish. And without Paul, the teachings of Jesus might have

January 26th, 2021|Categories: A Quick Nine, Afterlife, Rev. Dana Horton, Spirituality, The Soul|

Does Prayer Work If God is Not Listening?

Does Prayer Work If God is Not Listening? Rev. Dana Horton Sometimes we can be too quick to denounce traditional prayer, which is typically visualized as imploring an all-powerful God to change his (usually gender-specific) mind about something. Or maybe speed things up if He already agrees with us. But, y’know, this type of praying has a lot of appeal.

January 16th, 2021|Categories: Prayer, Rev. Dana Horton|


Determinism - Did you choose to read this? Rev. Dana Horton Let’s say we could rewind the Universe and do things over again.  Would lightning still strike in the same place at the same time? Would Michael Jordan still make ‘The Shot’ in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz? Would Ellen McAndless still refuse to

December 27th, 2020|Categories: Spirituality|

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Shared by Paul Miller In a large bowl, combine the following: Broccoli and cauliflower (2 or more colors) florets, Thinly sliced sweet onions, raisins, slivered almonds, sunflower seed kernels, salt and pepper. Optional: bacon, cheese, tomato, frozen peas Make a dressing using mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar. Pour this (or your favorite dressing) over mixture.

December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Recipes|

I AM the Light

I AM the Light Thought of the Week by Lisa Ferraro The following is the lyric to a song I wrote called, I am the Light. May you find the peace of the eternal light ever leading you to your highest and best life.  The one your Soul knows how to live!   I AM the Light   I Am the

December 20th, 2020|Categories: Lisa Ferraro, Thought of the Week|

Let’s Unpack Grace

Let’s Unpack Grace Rev. Dana Horton Let’s have a short definition first. Wikipedia defines Grace as Divine influence. That’s with a capital “D.” What does Divine influence mean? It’s complicated. In many religious traditions, Grace means that God gets actively involved in our lives.  Receive an intuitive hit — Grace.  A chance meeting leads to a new job — Grace. 

December 20th, 2020|Categories: Spirituality|

Italian Pasta Bake

Italian Pasta Bake From Jean TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min. Makes: 12 Servings Ingredients 2 pounds ground beef 1 large onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 3 cups uncooked medium pasta

December 20th, 2020|Categories: Recipes|


“Revery” Fenton Johnson 1. I was the starlight I was the moonlight I was the sunset, Before the dawning Of my life; I was the river Forever winding To purple dreaming, I was the glowing Of youthful Springtime, I was the singing Of golden songbirds,— I was love. 2. I was the sunlight, I was the twilight, I was the

December 13th, 2020|Categories: Thought of the Week|

Light and Spirituality — Metaphor or Real?

Light and Spirituality — Metaphor or Real? Shared by Rev. Dana Horton This time of year we see the term “Light” used all the time in religious ceremonies and festivals. What is going on here? Religious symbolism. Judaism, Buddhism, and most other religions incorporate the concept of light as a symbol of good. Specifically, in Christianity light is a symbol

December 13th, 2020|Categories: Spirituality|

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