Category Archives: Commentaries

On “The Worried Well,” Religion, and the Cure

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I got to thinking about how the medical expression “the worried well” also works in the religious realm. “The Worried Well”? From dictionary.com, this term means “…the people who do not need medical treatment, but who visit … Continue reading

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Hope “In the Days of Noah” No Matter the Situation in the House–or the Senate

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Tucked in-between all the (increasing) political hoopla and (decreasing) hope concerning what has been transpiring in Washington D.C. of late regarding the “impeachment hearings” and Senate trial to follow, one little-discussed factor is coming more and more … Continue reading

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On Contempt for the (Real) Constitution, the House Judiciary Committee Hearing, 12/4/19, and Reflexive Law

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila As I listened to the House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday where a group of three anti-Trump law professors made their arguably subjective cases for impeaching Trump based on a collection of behaviors they didn’t like and wild … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas (2.0)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I am still thinking about my recent poem “Yet He Said Yes” wherein, for one thing, I wanted to express how Jesus Christ, through Whom all things were made, even crafted for Himself a body in which … Continue reading

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"The Christmas Soldier"–and Help our Military Heroes

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila This post originally appeared in 2015 and was re-posted last year.  I was hoping maybe by this year there would be no more stories like this, stories of young men and women coming and going from wars … Continue reading

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Best of Holiday Posts: A Timeless Thanksgiving Story–“The Travelers”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I first posted this story written by my brother-in-law Gene Taylor six years ago. It continues to be my favorite Thanksgiving offering, not only because it is an ageless story of hope lost, then found, but also … Continue reading

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Is it God “in the Details,” or is it the Devil? Why it Matters

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila To answer the title question, based on an English idiom, both God and the Devil are in…details. What follows is why, in my view, it is important to know which one is behind what is being investigated, … Continue reading

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From Boomerland: Finding Love After “A Certain Age”…

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila WARNING: Gen-X-ers and below, you may wish to avert your imagination before proceeding because…parents and grandparents just…never…I mean, eeewww… My dear, long-term friend “Jan,” who has been widowed for several years, now, wants to get back in … Continue reading

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On the Dunning-Kruger Effect on “Open Data” Algorithms, or Beware the Technocracy

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I came across an interesting article, “THE POWER OF OPEN DATA TO TRANSFORM AND ENGAGE COMMUNITIES: A CALL FOR IDEAS,” linked below, featured in a recent Technocracy News online issue. The introduction by TN editor, Patrick Wood, … Continue reading

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On Those Slow-Grinding “Mills of Justice” (yet Be Encouraged)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience he stands waiting, with exactness grinds he all.* The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at … Continue reading

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