I just told Joe Biden that I’m done.

I just finished sending an email to President Biden at the White House; my 2nd email to him in in as many days.

The first was imploring him to stand behind his word when campaigning for the office he’s desired for so many years.  In 2020 he pledged to us that “I would transition away from the oil industry, yes.”  (This said in the presidential debate’s closing minutes under peppering from Trump.) “The oil industry pollutes, significantly. … It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time.”  I candidly told him (not that he himself will ever see that email) that going back on his pledge turns him into the same kind of liar he repeatedly reminded us Donald Trump was, and if he did that he’d lose my support – and more importantly – my vote.

Today, he approved ConcoPhillips’ Willow Project, thus proving to us that he’s nothing more than a politician who will lie whenever it suits his purposes.  Despite his repeated pledges to be a positive influence in our current climate emergency / disaster, he just approved something that has been denounced as a “carbon bomb.”  Thus I sent my 2nd email to the White House, informing him that I was done; whoever is his primary opponent in the next Presidential election has both my vote and my support.

I’ve been open about my misgivings vis a vis President Biden’s leadership before.  Not only was he a vote of “last resort” to do whatever possible to correct the nightmare of Donald Trump in the White House, I also called on him some time ago, for the good of our country, to resign immediately, turn the office over to Vice President Harris, and for good or bad, let her do whatever she could to keep ultra right-wing republicans from once again taking the Executive Branch.  Today, for me, Mr. Biden removed all doubt.  If the Democratic party continues to throw its support behind him, they will simply be paving the way for another Republican disaster:  We all better start getting used to saying “President DeSantis” if they don’t wake up and actually give us a credible candidate for 2024.

Thank you!

To everyone who stopped by our parents home for the estate sale this past weekend:  Thanks for giving a new home to some of mom’s and dad’s stuff.

We expect that both of them are smiling and happy that some of their dearest possessions will have new homes to give pleasure and service to others as they did for so many years to mom and dad!

We appreciate you all stopping by and spending some time with us.

Rodger, John, Judy & Lisa

Multi Media Sermon – Matthew 2:12

A multi-media sermon for this Sunday, from Matthew 2:12 (the magi go home by a different road) set to James Taylor’s iconic song “Home By Another Way.”

Charleston Harbor Paddle / USS Yorktown

A bucket list paddle:  Charleston Harbor from Remleys Point to Shem Creek.  In the middle we paddle around the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and I get to actually touch her hull at the bow and right on the waterline.  (You wouldn’t believe the rust that flaked off on my fingers!)

This was one for the books!  A long slog by the time we finished paddling up Shem Creek against both tide and headwinds; but worth every single paddle stroke!

Thanksgiving on Cumberland

We spent Thanksgiving day hiking Cumberland island off the south Georgia coast.  Had Thanksgiving dinner – complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans & corn, and apple turnovers for dessert – on a picnic table at the Dungeness ruins on the south end of the island.  A truly great day.

Elizabeth Graves, Part 2

For the family:

This shows clearly that the markers are at the foot of Dad’s parents and Issy’s graves.  Beside them, Mom and Dad’s marker will be right beside Issy’s and at the foot of their site.  The flat bronze marker behind will be on the SE side of their plot.

USS Yorktown Bucket List Item

I did something today that I’ve long wanted to do:  I paddled up to the bow of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor and touched her hull at the waterline!  (Just paddling past her seemed to be enough for Judy.) What a way to feel pretty small!  Video coming.

Sellers Graves in Mt. Croghan

For the family, based on the discussion we’ve been having.
Video quality really sux, but it serves for what we need.

A Jester in the King’s Court?

One of my church’s held Homecoming Sunday yesterday – an annual tradition that’s much more prevalent here in the south than anywhere else.  I confess that I’ve never quite figured out what the attachment is.  Some years back, I asked folks at my church in Concord, NC,”Tell me again… What EXACTLY is Homecoming?”  One member very quickly replied, “It’s when we invite everyone who left to come back to church and have dinner with us.  Some of them who left mad might change their minds and come back!”  My next question – there’s no other way to put this – didn’t go over very well:  “So… now tell me WHY we might WANT people who left angry and in a huff to come back?  Why would we subject ourselves to that all over again?”

All that kind of feeds into how I try to steer my current congregations towards some of these old traditions.  And one thing I always do at Mulberry – every year, without fail – is a silly, nonsensical, sometimes downright stupid skit that will accomplish two things:  One, it’ll make people laugh AND shake their heads.  Two, it’ll make them wonder what’s wrong with a pastor who will do such nonsense?

This year’s “festivities” included a borrowed mini-bike, an Evel Knievel Costume, a 4′ wooden ramp, and a toy bus.  This year’s special guest, the dare-devil “Super Rev” rode the mini-bike through the fellowship hall, jumped (a generous way of putting it) a city bus and lived to tell about it – all for your enjoyment and pleasure!

I was once accused of being a “Jester in the king’s court.”  It was probably meant as a veiled insult;  but I’ll take the title if it brings even a little happiness and laughter to people who need it more than ever.

A Question for Twitter Users

If you have a twitter account I have a question for you.  After reading the latest nonsense of Twitter’s new owner – Elon Musk Tweets Conspiracy Theory About Paul Pelosi Attack, Then Deletes Post –  and once you realize that this is going to become the new “normal” for Twitter now that Musk is using it as his own little disinformation platform… When are you going to close your account and boycott anything to do with Twitter and Elon Musk?

Anyone who thinks it’s going to be remotely possible to be a part of something like this without tacitly approving of such reprehensible behavior like this tweet reflects is fooling themselves.  And the ONLY way to address this is by leaving Twitter and letting it die on the vine.

Don’t bother telling me that you don’t approve of crap like this if you aren’t willing to walk away from it;  anyone willing to continue using Twitter at this point are simply part of the problem and have given up any moral grounding to say much of anything.  (Just wait until Elon decides that the Donald should be re-instated to the platform:  You heard it first here.)