Category Archives: Faith

Our Criminal Justice System Makes Mistakes (Too Often)

I no longer can support the State with the power of life and death when wrongful conviction case after wrongful conviction case have shown just how often the justice system gets it wrong. I’m voting to end the Death Penalty in my state.  Here’s more explanation. Personally, I’m not opposed to the death penalty per se, philosophically or religiously.  I’m… Read more »

I’m Voting YES to End the Death Penalty in California (After Years of Supporting It)

“As of October 2015, we have executed over 1,414 individuals in this country since 1976. 156 individuals have been exonerated from death row – that is, found to be innocent and released – since 1973.  In other words, for every 10 people who have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S., one person has been set… Read more »

Wrongful Conviction: Version 3.0 – The Adnan Syed Story

Recently while at work I had a discussion with someone about the Making A Murderer documentary.  She was very well versed in the story and seemed very intrigued by the topic, so I recommended to her that she look into another riveting documentary detailing wrongful convictions: Paradise Lost, the story of the West Memphis Three.  She then in turn recommended… Read more »

Lord of the Rings Book Talk 3 | Tom Bombadil? & Destroying the Ring?

If your exposure to the Lord of the Rings has been through the Peter Jackson films alone, than you will have likely never heard of the name (or person) Tom Bombadil.  In the book The Fellowship of the Ring, however, Tom Bombadil is an important character for at least two full chapters of the book, and his name/person comes up… Read more »

Fellowship of the Ring | Book Talk, Car Talk!

On our most recent camping trip Tezi and I began reading The Lord of the Rings.  Here we are reading it by the fire on one of the nights out under the stars: It’s been an engrossing experience for me and quite an enjoyable experience for Tezi.  As I’ve noted before on this blog, I have read The Lord of… Read more »

Thoughts Near the Donald Trump OC Rally – 4/28/16

So, Tezi and I just made it back to her place after being stuck in the snail’s-pace traffic surrounding the Donald Trump rally which took place within walking distance from Tezi’s home. Even as I type this, we can still hear the helicopters in the air, and what sounds like dozens of more police cars heading to the rally vicinity where… Read more »

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice (Reviewed)

Another important read in the all-too-real world of wrongful conviction. Benforado takes an approach that I haven’t come across yet. He spends a lot of time bringing forward psychological studies and applies them to our criminal justice system. The science behind why our system fails us so often is very closely tied to our human tendency to believe with full… Read more »

Making A Murderer: Books On Wrongful Convictions!

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If you haven’t yet seen the documentary MAKING A MURDERER, you’ve probably at least heard about it, or heard other people talking about it. The Netflix ten-part documentary about Steven Avery & Brendan Dassey has a lot of people talking… and talking means thinking! Dive deeper into the story here, you’ll find that the world of wrongful convictions is much… Read more »

We Decorate Our Christmas Tree! | See it time lapsed!

Tezi and I had a lot of fun filming this video!  We hope that you enjoy it!  This is our fourth vlog video where you see a slice of life with Tezi and Jer. Though the tree’s decorating gets postponed a few days, we think the final product is well worth it, and it’s quite fun seeing it go from… Read more »

Beginning to Look (and Feel) a lot like Christmas!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas indeed! Tezi and I are decorating the noble fir Christmas tree that we purchased yesterday.  It’s an exciting and joyous time.  We wanted to share our love with you, wishing you all of the blessings of God during this season where we celebrate the birth of the Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, called… Read more »