Living with Depression: A Challenge No Matter How You Cut It

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow While some people might feel “down” occasionally, such feelings do not describe the intensity of negative emotions and debilitating effects of depression.  Clinical depression (major depressive disorder) isContinue reading “Living with Depression: A Challenge No Matter How You Cut It”

Plucking Chickens: Democracy or Fascism?

If you pluck a chicken one feather at a time, people are less likely to notice. “We do not argue with those who disagree with us; we destroy them.” Benito Mussolini As I think about recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court, and ponder the future, I must register alarm.  And when I thinkContinue reading “Plucking Chickens: Democracy or Fascism?”

Walking through Grainfields

4th of July sermon preached by the Rev. Harold W. Anderson, Ph.D., July, 2005 Before I became a marriage and family therapist, I was a minister.  The last church I pastored before retirement was a church in Brush, Colorado, a community that politically and theologically was my opposite.  I embraced a liberal mindset; most inContinue reading “Walking through Grainfields”

Becky and Harold’s Great Adventure of the West: The Oregon Coast

If you haven’t taken a tip along the Oregon coast, I would encourage you to do so. It is well worth it. We were supposed to drive to drive to Coos Bay, but we discovered that Becky’s cousin, Joellen, was in Grants Pass, so we changed our itinerary to spend the evening with her andContinue reading “Becky and Harold’s Great Adventure of the West: The Oregon Coast”

Becky and Harold’s Great Adventure of the West: The Redwood Forest

Driving and hiking through the Redwoods is not only a beautiful experience, it is mystical. Sacramento We had decided to spend about a week in the Sacramento area in the hopes of seeing many of my family members who I had not seen for quite a while.  We stayed with my cousin Brett and hisContinue reading “Becky and Harold’s Great Adventure of the West: The Redwood Forest”

Moral Equivalency and Stopping at Stop Signs

In my ethics class, I would ask, “Do you suppose that driving would be safe if no one stopped at stop signs?”  They would quickly answer that driving under such circumstances would not be safe.  I agreed.  However, living in a world where “X = not-X” is to live in such a world.  Meaning becomesContinue reading “Moral Equivalency and Stopping at Stop Signs”

Rushing Headlong towards Civil War?

Two clergy worry about the divided nature of our country and wonder what type of sacrifice is necessary for the division to be healed.  They worry if it can it be healed or are we as a country rushing headlong into another civil war?  Hundreds of thousands died in the last one.  What will happenContinue reading “Rushing Headlong towards Civil War?”

Mass Shootings and Red Herrings

Red Herrings, if left unattended, tend to stink up the place and the red herrings that prevent intelligent and common-sense responses to mass shooting are indeed stinking up our country. Can you say red herring?  A red herring fallacy is a ploy used to divert people’s attention from the original topic of discussion.  Following theContinue reading “Mass Shootings and Red Herrings”

I Don’t Get It…. Is Heaven Really that Important?

The Church is the Church only when it exists for others . . . not dominating but helping and serving. It must tell people of every calling what it means to live for Christ, to exist for others. In short, it is much easier to see a thing through from the point of view ofContinue reading “I Don’t Get It…. Is Heaven Really that Important?”

Becky and Harold’s Great Adventure of the West: The California Coast

Our stay in Morrow Bay was one of good wine, good food, good company and exploring the Rock. We put Las Vega behind us, glad to have seen the show but not thinking that we will return anytime soon.  Las Vegas is a marvel because of all the lights and hotels, but it is alsoContinue reading “Becky and Harold’s Great Adventure of the West: The California Coast”