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Don Owens
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Living in a Whatever it Takes World
Interests: Christianity, Family, Friendship, Faith, Insurance, Business, Hiking, Climbing, Kayaking, Hunting, 14ers, Travel
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Travel - So we are aware of our love-hate relationship with this task, now how do we survive the parts that irritate us? Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Port Royal Society
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From the streets of Paris came great business leaders like Louis Renault. Renault came from well to do roots and mixed his opportunity with his skill. By the age of 21 he built his first automobile and then convinced his brothers to join him producing cars. And so the company of Renault was born. The French industrialist developed France's largest car producer. Like many individuals in Europe, World War II changed lives. Renault continued to build his car for the Germans. He said, "If you don't give them butter they'll take the cows." After the war he was accused of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Port Royal Society
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Hemmingway while in Paris gave us the "The Sun Also Rises". A gift from the lost generation. It is fun to imagine Hemingway in a cafe in the Latin Quarter with Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Picasso and James Joyce. All of these artist influenced him and his later creations. You can cross his path at numerous places from: Les Deux Magot, Café de Flore, lJardin du Luxembourg, Shakespeare and Company and Harry's New York Bar. When he had little money he would hunt pigeons in Jardin du Luxembourg and hide them in his sons carriage. We equate Hemingway as the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Port Royal Society
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Pascal is one of my favorite Parisians. As a young man he created havoc on the streets of Paris as he would race his fathers eight hours carriage recklessly. Pascal was born with a brilliant mind. His parents recognized it quickly and were concerned about how others might seek to take advantage of their son. Pascal should be loved by those who love the latest gadgets. He invented the first programmed calculator for his father who was an accountant. He created it to save his father time after he saw the hours he had to put in. He was a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Port Royal Society
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Cogito Ergo Sum - Je ponce donc je suis - I think therefore I am. A quiet room and a rational mind all is all one may need according to Descartes. If you ask Parisians to define their thought, many of them will tell you they are Descartians. In essence, rationalist, they use their experiences and thoughts to "know". It is an independent method to determine a vision of existence. Descarte is the father of modern philosophy. But his ideas were far from the last thoughts as later Nietzsche, Camus, Foucault, Satre and others would throw the French people and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Port Royal Society
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Lefevre changed my religion. He taught me ecumenical thinking and action. He made me love all the Catholic Church has given us. He taught me what a reformer should look like and how one should behave. Philip Edgcumbe Hughes wrote of Lefevre, "He was his own man, willing to abandon familiar and long-traveled paths when he saw they were leading in the wrong direction, earnest in his appropriation of the truth as it was discovered, and zealous in communicating it with others." Lefevere wanted reform in the Catholic Church, but not at the price of separation. Much like his peer,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Port Royal Society
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You might say Marie Curie was radioactive. No, literally she was. She broke numerous glass ceilings in her life. She discovered the elements of polonium and radium. She was the first woman to win The Nobel Prize, the only woman to win it twice, and the only person to win it in two different sciences. She was the first female professor at The University of Paris. Her work was the precursor to much of the technology that changed the world in the last 100 years. She died in 1933 due to her long term exposure to radiation. Her risks took... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Port Royal Society
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“To him, even the momentary was momentous, ” wrote G.K Chesterton of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas was unmatched in his ability to place scripture and reality into an understandable format. He resurrected the works of Aristotle and elevated the validity of Aristotle's works in the light of Jesus Christ. Aquinas gave us The Summa Theologica at a time when Summas were appearing on a wealth of topics. He correlated and preserved the truths of our faith for the common man. Protestants have forgotten him, but thankfully the Catholic Church still reveres him. He is my favorite saint. From a small... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Port Royal Society
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Oscar Wilde gave us the modern celebrity. Once we had Wilde and now we have The Kardashians. The Irish born playwrite, novelist and poet introduces us to a world of beauty for the love of beauty alone in The Picture of Dorian Gray. He lived his life in the same manner. Reckless sexuality that strained his life and left him alone and in utter despair at the end of his days. He took what he wanted from others without concern for the future or morality. Oscar Wilde He spent his last days living in the L'Hotel in Paris and wandering... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Port Royal Society
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At 46 I am not considered old in the current culture, however, I am getting there quickly. Each year there are new and unique trials: more frequent visits to doctors, less patience with familiar situations and people and thoughts to the coming reality of death and being ready for it. I just finished a book by J.L. Packer, “Finishing the Course With Joy”, a book on engaging with our reality of growing older. Our culture does not prize the old, it prizes: youth, so called originality, the latest tool and tech, wealth, and freedom from all constraints. As you grow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Port Royal Society
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“”Few men had developed their powers of correct thinking, and fewer still were willing to employ thought as a means for settling dispute.” – Patricia James (Forward to the Art of Thinking 1964) Liberal, conservative or otherwise, the past few weeks have made your social media feed a much darker place. If you have that special Facebook friend that likes or shares every self-facing article then it is a special kind of frustration. Fake news, bent news, and sensationalized news are your only options. I can’t even read The Economist anymore without throwing it on occasion. It is your job... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Port Royal Society
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Here’s my look back on the last twelve months and my thoughts on the best of the year. Best Album Alexander Hamilton: Released in 2015, but I enjoyed it all year Best Song "Can't Stop the Feeling" Justin Timberlake Best TV Program Westworld on HBO: Containing numerous unnecessary scenes, HBO continues to create the best made programs on TV Best Quote “Creative persuasion is a matter of being biblical, not of being either modern or postmodern.” - Os Guinness, (Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion) Best Day April 25th - Alone hiking in Capital Reef National Park Best... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Port Royal Society
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Alexis de Tocqueville ends his 1840 review of American society “Democracy in America” by writing, “I feel full of fears and full of hopes,” as he looks into the future of the great experiment. Tocqueville understood the American psyche then and little has changed in the last 176 years. “I know of no other country with less independence of mind...than in America.” He in great detail shares what should concern us in a democracy that is unlike any other in history. Many of his concerns have come true, and others closer to reality in our day. No matter the list... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Port Royal Society
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Happy New Year – The Last 12 Months Were a Whirlwind Some of you are familiar with my “mental year”. Institutional education set Labor Day as the start of my year and it still feels that way to me today. A year ago today I was in the same place, Breckenridge, Colorado and thankfully, I’ve returned a few times over the last twelve months. There are few other places I’d rather be to start the year. The past twelve months were nothing short of busy. John Bunyan was the start of my reading this past year. I had never read... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at Port Royal Society
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I couldn’t find the trail as I moved through the trees. There were several boulders in front of me and after an hour of following a well-defined trail I knew I had come off course at some point. It was one o’clock in the morning and my headlamp offered a shadowed view of the path, which sometimes makes trail hunting difficult. As I was now at 12,000 feet and in need of a rest from trying to breath in thin air I decided this was a good spot to stop for moment and reassess. When you’re alone in the dark... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Port Royal Society
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Over the last few weeks my son and I have been reading the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. In part II of the book Franklin spends time writing about his pursuit of virtue. Benjamin Franklin was a genius that helped lay the foundations of our country and a man that wrote much about virtue, even writing his own liturgy. Much as politicians, humanist, and religious leaders speak of virtue today, a person’s virtue shows its true face when placed in the slightest of candlelight. Virtue without a solid pedestal is simply, evil. It is important to take all the words of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Port Royal Society
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I recently completed two books that converge on the need for change in how we approach evangelism in our modern cultures, “Seeking Allah Finding Jesus” by Nabeel Qureshi and “Fool’s Talk – Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion” by Os Guinness. Both fantastic reads that address so many of the issues facing the church, our management of current issues, and our need for a greater understanding of others. If you grew up Christian as I did, you may have learned formulas for evangelism. There are a wealth of different programs and processes designed to drive someone to faith. I have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Port Royal Society
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Twenty-nine years ago today I went on my first date with Danae LeMonde and six years after that date we got married. Since she was 15 and I, 17 years of age, we rode a lot of calm and rough seas together. This weekend we celebrate our twenty-third anniversary while swimming in the Atlantic. Much like life, lots of waves, excitement and this weekend some rough seas. It wasn’t long after our first date that I knew she was the one. I asked God if he would put us together, and He did. He did this even though we were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Port Royal Society
Posted May 19, 2016 at Port Royal Society
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April - May 2016 Last week 35 friends of mine set out for our 22nd year of The May Club. It has become a great tradition of brotherhood and adventure, but prior to that I spent a few days alone in the deserts of Utah. About once a year I spend a weekend alone. Last year it was two days in Virginia on the Appalachian Trail. This year I decided to extend the week with a bit of solitude before TMC began. Monument Valley was always within reach on several trips to Utah and Arizona, but I had never quite... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Port Royal Society
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At every turn in our politics, families, and faith we continue to let go of liberty. The simple definition of liberty: the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views. Governments impose laws when their charge was to allow each of us to be in our own definition of the “pursuit of happiness”. Parents do not offer reason or purpose for their choices but demand children see things as they do. Churches expect blind faith and separation from the very world we were sent to serve. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at Port Royal Society
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Here’s my look back on the last twelve months and my thoughts on the Best of the year. Best Album Vance Joy "Dream Your Life Away" Best Song “Sedona" Houndmouth Best TV Program “House of Cards" Frank Underwood is delightfully evil Best Quote "It's not your fault that you were born affluent and sheltered. But now you need to take responsibility for it. You can start by recognizing that you're not in fact, more valuable than other people, no matter what you've always heard. Your pain does not hurt more. Your soul does not weigh more...God does not love you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2015 at Port Royal Society
Jerry Falwell Jr. continued his dead father’s legacy of unchristian behavior last week. The Falwell’s leave a legacy that lacks Christ’s ability to communicate Truth to a world in need. Both are failures as Christian leaders and do not represent the faith well. In fact, their words, and the words of others, are the language of frightened little Christians. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Port Royal Society
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She taught me to be "comfortably melancholy" and reflective. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Port Royal Society
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This week I am posting about the most influential women in my life. Sarah Platt Owens Sarah Owens was a modern women and paved the way for women in the workplace many decades ago. She did it simply through dedication to her craft and a willingness to stay engaged. She brought change without standing with the misguided Feminist movement. Sarah worked for the Richmond Independent School District in Augusta, Georgia all her life. I remember going to her retirement party as she exited the workforce as a leader in her organization at 70. She was a determined woman and she... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Port Royal Society