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JobHuntersBible Blog
Danville, California (San Francisco East Bay Area)
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On Saturday, September 8, 2012, a Memorial Service was held at Grace Cathedral for Diana W. Young, beloved wife of George Young, beloved mother of Melinda and Mollie. I was asked to say a few words during the Service. Here is an edited version of what I said: I have known George Young for some thirty-five years; so of course I have known Diana that long, as well. As I was thinking about her this week three words came to my mind: cherished, human, and grace. Cherished. Psalm 90 was written during the Old Testament period of history, perhaps when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
Writing is two parts: thinking and setting pen to paper. Everyone assumes that writing begins the process; no, it is the end. Turning ideas over in your mind, seeing relationships, building webs in the mind, this is what makes the writing worth reading. Without this prior Thinking, the writing is dead. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
Just got back from Hawaii. Marci turned 50 Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
I'm something of a night-owl. I guess a lot of writers are. I stay up late; I sleep late. I like to work in the middle of the night. I saw a study the other day that claimed when someone is interrupted at a task, it takes them 22 minutes to get back into their creative mood. I don't know about that "22 minutes"; but for sure interruptions can play havoc with a writer's concentration, during the day. Ah, but then there's night time. Night time is glorious. No phones ringing. No knock on the door. No appointments to keep.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
Rules for the Family, in Dealing with Grief Over The Death of a Loved One (My Beloved Son Mark Died of a Massive Cerebral Hemorrhage July 11, 2012) As a parish priest (Episcopal) for many years, I dealt with one or two families each week, who lost a loved one. And then my only brother was assassinated, and I wept myself (off and on) for two years. So here is all that I have learned about healthy grief: 1. Tears will come, for almost all of us. They are a natural part of being human. But they come like the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2012 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
WE DO CHURCH ! Well, if there is one thing that could get me started writing a regular blog again, it was that February 18th four and a half hour service "singing Whitney Houston home" to heaven and her Lord. The black Baptist community there in Newark New Jersey, where Whitney grew up and first sang, stated their custom: This isn't a funeral. We don't do funerals. This isn't a memorial service. We don't do "memorial services". No, when some member of our community dies, we do what we do every Sunday. We do Church ! And so, the service—for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
Every year, for ages, I've written a Christmas poem, sent to all my friends and family. Here is this year's (in response to requests from people whose address I don't have): Christmas 2010 At The Bolles' House We spin through space, yet drive our car As though on straight, flat ground, What great illusionists we are: We're really upside down. 'Twas Shakespeare said it first, I think, "What fools these mortals be," We hold the world is only what Our earthly eyes can see. We think A World Invisible Just simply can't exist. So, "what you see is all you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
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Mar 16, 2010
This is a criticism of critics. Just a tiny bit of irony, in that! I was reading Newsweek today, and found a review of war films, written by Caryn James. She is a well-known movie critic. I don't want to pick on her, she's probably a very nice woman, but she does serve up food for thought about all critics. She was reviewing the new series about World War II, by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. And she had nothing good to say about it. She also had little good to say about The Hurt Locker, the film which just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
Needless to say, I am not a politician. I'm only an expert about "the job hunt." But this does cause me to stay riveted on all that goes on in our nation's capital, because I've never seen a place more obsessed with The Job Hunt, in my whole life. It's breathtaking to watch how, in the interests of their next job hunt, they will do almost anything: they will say one thing when they're trying to get the job, say the opposite thing once they have it. They will even say No to everything, if they think it will help... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2010 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
I had the sweetest college education anyone could ever dream of. I decided to attend college in Cambridge Massachusetts, because that is where my high school sweetheart, Jan, was also going to college. The first two years there I chose M.I.T., looking forward to being a chemical engineer. But every Sunday we went to church in Boston, and one time there I heard a sermon about how many Episcopal churches were going to have to close, due to a shortage of ordained ministers. Believing in the old saying, "If you're not part of the solution, you're probably part of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2010 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
I've noticed something startling these past few months: my brain has been experiencing a sprint of new ideas in almost every area of interest, that I have. For a long time, I simply noticed this, and enjoyed it. I mean, my brain has always been active, but now it's superactive. And creative. I'm coming up with new ideas, a mile a minute. If thoughts once came like an occasional firecracker in the brain, now it feels like continuous fireworks. Yesterday, it occurred to me to wonder why this was happening. I am, after all, 82 years old; isn't the brain... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2010 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
When I was five, instead of starting kindergarten, I got pneumonia. It was back in the days when there were no antibiotics, so my body just had to tough it out. It took some time; half a year, in fact. I was in bed, at home, all that time They wanted me to be watched 'round the clock, so a nurse had to be brought in, and they brought in a bed for her, which they put fifteen feet away from me, down against the wall where you came into the bedroom. I don't remember anything about her, except that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2009 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
I live in an enchanted world. The secret can be summarized in one word: Marci. That is the name of the woman I loved and married, in 2004. I cannot wait to get up, every morning, at the prospect that I get to spend another day with her. For she creates an enchanted world all around her. Marci grew up in another country, and another culture. She is exquisitely different from any one I have ever met in my life. I ponder every day what makes her so delightful to live with. So let me describe her character to you,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2009 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
When I was 31, I was so thin that if I turned sideways, people thought I'd left the room. I was 6' 5" tall, but I weighed only 150 pounds. Over the years this changed, dramatically. Recently I weighed 276 pounds, and if I turned sideways, I looked like Alfred Hitchcock (for older readers), or a sumo wrestler (for the younger crowd). I had, in effect, donned a perpetual backpack, with 125 pounds of stones in it. And I was carrying it around with me, 24/7. This summer, my beloved wife Marci and I took a long trip, by rented... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2009 at Dick Bolles' Hope & Faith Blog
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