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

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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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"The Christmas Soldier"–and Help our Military Heroes

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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 overseas and facing what they might, there, because just maybe the wars will have ended and they would all be home. Especially at Christmas…  Continue reading

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Best of Holiday Posts: "The Two Best Christmas Gifts Ever for the Skeptic Who Has (Almost) Everything" (2016)

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The Online Etymology Dictionary reveals that the compound word, “Christmas” (Christ + mass, combined and shortened), introduced in the mid-fourteenth century, refers to the “sending, letting go” of Christ (kind of like somebody or even Somebody giving a gift from afar, no?).

But pretty much everything else about “Christmas,” the holiday on which believers and skeptics alike celebrate Jesus’ birth, seems to be subject to controversy. Continue reading

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“Yet He Said Yes”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us… (Ephesians 1:4) 

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16)

And the Word was made flesh… (John 1:14)

Artist: Claire Beveridge Gumbs


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

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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 because in an increasingly polarized and polarizing world saturated with so much anger and violence this simple tale uplifts the spirit of anyone thinking darkness prevails. For the truth is, it needn’t, and all it takes sometimes is just one, even small, light to overcome it. 

May your heart be lightened today by what continues to shine here.

The Travelers: A Thanksgiving Story

By Gene Taylor

stock-photo-20399839-vintage-american-truckMy mother, Rosemary, was an angry person.  She didn’t know why and that bothered her, not so much that she cared about how her anger affected others but that it was a facet of her being that she was not in control of. Continue reading

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