Category Archives: Devotionals

Hope for Countering the “Information Apocalypse” and the Power of “Slide-By News”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The Information Apocalypse From the down side of the brave new world of artificial Intelligence, specifically, the manipulation of information to influence and/or deceive viewers and readers, comes a growing concern over what is called the “information … Continue reading

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On the “Human Cube” and Other Walls, 2: Awakening

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila So I keep thinking about the mid-town vagabond I wrote about yesterday “posed” as it were, tight, in a kind of “human cube” shape (for lack of a better way to describe his appearance), ensconced absolutely still  … Continue reading

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On the “Human Cube” and Other Walls

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The Human Cube A friend and I were walking back from a popular coffee spot in the middle of a part of the city where gentrification has transformed old Victorians into new chi-chi restaurants and former warehouses … Continue reading

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Let HIM Love You…

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila   How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing  (Jesus,  quoted in Matthew 23:37 NIV).     Loving Him I was … Continue reading

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On Spiritual Blackmail: Guess the Perp (Hint: Archetypal, Hate-Filled, and Brilliant)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila So if the Son sets you free,* you will be free** indeed (John 8:36 NIV). BLACKMAIL The legal definition of “blackmail” is, “The crime involving a threat for purposes of compelling a person to do an act against … Continue reading

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On the Nabokov “Christmas” Story. In July. Again…

I have decided to offer my post based on the Vladimir Nabokov short story “Christmas” (which I have featured, now, three times since 2012 for various reasons) as an annual “Christmas in July” tradition. It epitomizes to me the ever-present … Continue reading

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“Always Learning But Never Able…” Thoughts on 2 Timothy 3:7 and Aging (Prankster) Idols

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila …always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth… (2 Timothy 3:7). His Stack of Books I live in a lush  valley of the Pacific Northwest where not too far from here several … Continue reading

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