I don’t usually post sports stuff here, but just in case any of you don’t follow me on Facebook and care about the Blazers, I thought I would offer this bit of light reading.

After losing all four preseason games by an average of more than 25 points and losing…

I have spent most of my career becoming a better problem solver. For me, that means mostly legal and business related problems. After 20 plus years, at times I’m pretty dang good at it. Clients come to me usually in a crisis or with a problem about to become a…

I may have posted this before, but it was recently called to my attention after I posted it on Facebook a couple years back. I couldn’t find it on here so I thought I would post it here too.

I have long admired Thomas Jefferson. I have read his writings…

In May, 1986, a group of highschool students and staff from Oregon Episcopal School were participating in a wilderness program on Mt. Hood. They were well above the timberline on snow and ice when the weather turned suddenly. Temperatures dropped in an instant. The wind ripped over the exposed face…

I am beginning to believe that the most destructive role a religious person or individual can play is that of gatekeeper. Perhaps determining who is “in” or “out” or “wrong” or “right” in the context of something divine should be the exclusive purview of the divine itself.

And if you…

I recently went to a basketball game and a church broke out.

As health protocols started allowing more social gatherings, I returned to playing basketball with a small group of guys. Basketball is not quite religion to me, but I do love it and missed playing for long stretches of…

I spent this morning at a memorial service for the 20 year old daughter of some very long time family friends. An accident while celebrating her birthday brought unexpected tragedy.

I am heartbroken. As a friend and parent of my own 20 year old, the loss itself is unimaginable. And…

The information you are given is arming you to defend an extreme that someone else invented. Is that what you want?

The media (both news and entertainment) and social media algorithms attract you by pushing your thinking to the extremes of life and its myriad of challenges. You will not…

A recent discussion on Facebook led me to these thoughts which I am pulling out of a comment for more general consumption.

I have come to believe that too many of our political, social and philosophical debates focus nearly exclusively on achieving a preferred outcome for the speaker. In other…

Your unsolicited thought for today.

We should be careful not to confuse history with nostalgia. One holds the promise of objective truth with the power to inform our present and guide our future. The other is a lens through which you see your “truth” in our past. Both are important but it is dangerous when one is treated as the other.

Sometimes we may need to set aside the way we want to believe things were in order to see more clearly how things are.

Joshua Stump

I am a Dad, a husband, a son, a brother, a follower of Jesus, a lawyer, a songwriter, and just generally someone with a lot of strong opinions about stuff.

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