Category Archives: Orthodoxy

Criminal Justice Reform Requires Mercy (Not Merely Money)

When it comes to criminal justice reform- #CJReform – if we only talk about “expenses” and “costs” in terms of tax dollars, spending and saving, then we have really already missed the point and set ourselves up for failure.  Like so many other issues, the starting point must be people.  We have to start by talking about individuals, the real… 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 »

Cold Water Jumping in Donner Lake, CA! (It’s cold!)

Tezi and I spent last week camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains, in an area north of Yosemite and about an hour and a half south of Lake Tahoe.  Our new secret place, as we like to call it, was basically devoid of any humans besides ourselves, but we did venture out a couple of times into more populated areas.  One… 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 »

Our Favorite Things of November 2015!

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With November behind us, we want to share with you some of our favorite things from the month. From books to holiday drinks, from music to movies, come find some recommendations that you might enjoy or even use as gift ideas. We live in a world that has so many products, so many services, and we know that we’re often… Read more »

Books for which I’m most thankful this Thanksgiving!

Books that made me laugh, books that changed my life, books that rocked my world… these are some of the categories that represent the books for which I’m most thankful.  Here’s Tezi & I wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving!   The books that turned me into a reader… and eventually brought me into BookTube… Enjoy the video!… Read more »

I am half agony, half hope… Terrorism & Suffering

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Unfortunately, we don’t need a reminder that there is much suffering in this world. Any brief glance at the daily news is enough to confirm your worst fears. Somebody’s nightmare is being lived out somewhere, at nearly any time of day. Last night, Nov. 18, during a Bible study that Tezi and I attend, a woman was expressing with much… Read more »

How To Make Today Better Than Yesterday – Avoid the Old Mistakes!

Overcoming bad habits is not easy. We often carry a lot of shame and guilt for our past decisions, even if it was just yesterday. In this video, Jer & Tezi help you learn how to avoid making the same bad choices over and over again. Here’s how to make today better than yesterday. Here’s one step in the right… Read more »

Decide NOW what to do when trigger feelings come today

“May the sunrise bring hope where it once was forgotten…” – Iron & Wine I hope that this day’s sunrise did bring you hope.  Hope for a better day, hope and a conviction within yourself that today you will be better than you were yesterday. Give a moment’s thought to one of your shortcomings yesterday.  Think about how you fell… Read more »

In Order To Move On (you must first understand something)

“In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did, and why you no longer need to feel it.”  ~Mitch Albom There are two points that I want to touch on here. One is what I think is the obvious point of what Mitch is trying to say, and that is, in order to avoid our… Read more »