Spirit in the Qubits


Just when you think you might have a grip on Schrodinger’s cat, along come qubits.  I started hearing about this when a theoretical 7-qubit computer made the news in the spring of 2000.  Now teams are experimenting with a 20-qubit computer, and a 49-qubit machine is supposed to be just around the corner.  49 is […]

The End of All Beginnings

He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he may be preeminent.  Col. 1:18 Today is the first day of the rest of your life. That’s the motivational slogan I remember from college.  It was a revelation: Hey!  Whatever bad habits I’d collected, whatever sins I’d slipped into, there was always […]

Strawberry Nation

Jonathan Edwards, in his famous paper describing the behavior of spiders, noted “the exuberance of creation,”  as though he wouldn’t have minded swinging on a thread of silk for a few minutes.  At strawberry season I catch a scent of exuberance, especially when the plants I set in four years ago decide to go wild. […]

Mother's Day: No Laughing Matter

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I realized something for the first time when my kids were of an age for sleepovers and birthday parties: dads are funnier than moms. I might have noticed it in my own house if it wasn’t right under my nose.  My husband was the one to get on the floor and wrestle, start sock fights, […]

Arrival and the Right Choice


Arrival, a science fiction movie about aliens visiting earth, is equally irritating and moving, but after some thought I decided the moving part has the edge.  Not that anybody asked me, but here’s why. Irritating: So, 12 gigantic pod-like spacecraft land at strategic locations scattered over the globe.  Rather than attack at once, world leaders […]

Resurrection Life

In church on Easter Sunday.  The sermon is about life. But more specifically, life in the resurrected body. When they are not hurting us, we don’t think of them.  When they’re shivering or sweating or aching, we dismiss them.  When they don’t embarrass us by tripping or stuttering, or missing that fly ball or limping […]

Noise (Holy Week, #4)

Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” a third time he said to them, “why, what evil has he done?  I have found in him no guilt deserving death.  I will punish and release him.”  But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should […]

The Strange Case of Malchus' Ear

It was all very confusing, you see.  There was a scuffle, and a clash of metal, and torchlight bobbling and wobbling wildly—and then a scream.  Everything skidded to a halt for the moment; all eyes went to the poor man who found himself in the middle, now sobbing and clutching the side of his head.  […]

The Accuser

Accuse my accusers, Yahweh; attack my attackers. Grip your shield and buckler—Up, and help me! Brandish your lance and pike in the face of my pursuers, Tell my soul, “I am your salvation.”        (Ps. 35:1-3, New Jerusalem Bible) I’ve never done a survey, but I would guess that at least one third David’s Psalms are […]

Sunday Morning


When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat.  Untie it and bring it here . . .”  […]