It’s a “Beautiful Day” for Mr. Rogers in the Neighborhood

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Through the lens of an encourager (which is my calling, bottom line, no matter what I do; it’s my heart for him, her, them, you), I offer this reflection on the movie about Fred Rogers, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which is just now wrapping up its first-run showing at theaters. My friends and I saw it the last night it played locally.

The movie was entertaining, insightful, and encouraging, as was the children’s television series itself; as was its star, Fred Rogers. Continue reading

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So How Can We Know Who is REALLY Spouting “Russia–or Anybody Else’s–Talking Points”?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

It reminds me of a playground contest:

“YOU’re the one (spouting Russia talking points)!”

Unh unh! It’s YOU!”

Unh UNH!…”

(Wash, rinse, repeat.)

But what with the level of sophisticated word-smithing going on these days in the very troubled Right-versus-Left world of politics, it can be hard to tell. Continue reading

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Though Fragile in Years and Status, She Said Yes: a Meditation on Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and “Everybeliever”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

In the fullness of time, though fragile in years and status I understood the angel’s invitation and agreed to birth You among us…

The devotional from which the excerpt, above, is drawn, linked here and reprinted in part just below, highlights an aspect of both the Christmas story and the Body of Christ that often remains in the shadows of the manger. Continue reading

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PART 2: “On Those…Brexiteers…”–Another Voice of “Reality” from the U.K. and the SCOTUS to Hear Appeals

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Part 2

Addendum to yesterday’s post, ” On Those Dogged Brexiteers and the Formidable Power of “Deplorables” Everywhere: consider this related article from today’s American Thinker (online), Ode to the Constitution and the Common Man,” by Clarice Feldman.

Feldman writes on the stunning political victory by Conservative Boris Johnson this week in the U.K. and other issues that affect not only the U.K. but also the world, issues that include another needed nod to the power of “the common man” when it comes to righting ships of states hijacked by powerful, monied, elitist forces who would erase freedom if they could in their quest for world domination.* Continue reading

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On Those Dogged Brexiteers and the Formidable Power of “Deplorables” Everywhere

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Very Good News for Conservatives in the U.K.

The victory of Boris Johnson and “Brexiteers” this week reveals a remarkable win for those who want a return to British sovereignty with leadership that looks to finally move the U.K. forward from the 2016 vote to withdraw from the European Union.

Not claiming any kind of in-depth knowledge of the compound/complex nature of British politics, my purpose here is to simply comment on a related topic: how various polls in the U.K did not predict such an impressive victory and, from this side of the pond, to offer one reason for the failure of political polls everywhere. Continue reading

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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 to light: conviction of the real criminals may not happen. Continue reading

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Best of Holiday Posts: "Mrs. Brown, Rhubarb Pie, and Christmas Gifts…"

This might be my all time favorite Christmas post, thus its most-repeated appearance. It embodies a bit of family nostalgia by way of an engaging and humorous anecdote from the life of one of my younger brothers, Doug, aged 5 at the time, as well as a peek at Americana ca 1950s.  

But it also reveals the innumerable little treasures of inspiration and guidance gifted us by ordinary people going about their regular lives and quietly offering shiny bits of wisdom to the next generations by this way and that.  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 interpretations of what constitutes “high crimes and misdemeanors” (and thus, as the one, lone voice of reason and objectivity, a fourth witness, Prof. Jonathan Turley, suggested, they dangerously “lowered the bar” for what might now impact all future administrations), I noticed the Leftist Three seemed blind to all other opinions. 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 He lived out the primordial redemption plan “in the fullness of time” by becoming a human. Continue reading

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