COVID-19 vaccination update

I just want to let folks know that I have not had any serious side effects from my COVID-19 vaccination apart from a little soreness in my arm around the site where the vaccine was administered, and that was only the day after the shot.

Impeach Donald Trump, Remove Him, and Bar Him From Holding Office Ever Again

Typically I avoid posting on political matters. I was not a “Never-Trump” person. I held my nose and voted for him in 2016. But by 2020 I knew that I could not vote for him (I ended up voting Libertarian). I have been appalled by his efforts to contest the election results. I believe that the 2019-20 impeachment proceedings were very much politically motivated, knowing that some Democrats had publicly announced their intention to impeach Trump before he had even been inaugurated. But his instigation of protestors plus his failure to quickly and decisively act and speak against yesterday’s mob violence at the Capitol is too much. I know, he will be out of office in a matter of weeks. But this is, to my mind, as well as to many Democrats and Republicans, both treasonous and a gross dereliction of duty, an impeachable offense that cannot be ignored. Congress must not just condemn his behavior, it must perform its constitutional duty to impeach the President and remove him from office.

I think the editorial below makes the case quite well:

Impeach Donald Trump, Remove Him, and Bar Him From Holding Office Ever Again

Getting my COVID-19 vaccination

My employer, CommonSpirit Health, offered (but did not require) its employees the opportunity to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. I drove over to the hospital early this morning, and fortunately the line wasn’t long at all. I will have to go back for the booster vaccine on February 2. In the meantime, I’ll let you know if I experience any adverse side effeccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc

“What do you want me to do for you?”

Have you ever re-read something–perhaps something you’ve read numerous times–and something grabs your attention as if you had never seen it before? That’s happened to me a number of times while reading the Bible, and I know it happens to others. Well, recently I met with a biblical counselor to address some issues in my life. He began our session by saying that somebody once did a study of questions asked by Jesus in the gospels, and Jesus’s most frequent question was, “What do you want me to do for you?”

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Even better: Cal to play UCLA on Sunday

Apparently it is Arizona State’s turn to cancel a game due to COVID-19. UCLA also is without its scheduled opponent, Utah, which had to cancel. There is hope that each school will be able to fill in the opening with a game against each other on Sunday. Because of the shortened season, Cal was not scheduled to play either USC or UCLA, which had not happened since 1933. The interstate rivalries between Cal, Stanford, USC and UCLA really matter to the fans of these schools, and many travel to Northern or Southern California, as the case may be, to see the scheduled away game between the northern and southern rivals. So, getting to play at least one of the two Southern California schools is an improvement as far as I’m concerned.

Cal To Play UCLA At Rose Bowl

Puzzling proverbs

My daily Bible reading plan currently is taking me through the book of Proverbs. This may sound odd, but some of my favorite proverbs are those that, at least on first reading, I don’t understand. I believe God’s Spirit led Solomon to include such proverbs to make us stop and think. To ask ourselves, “What does this mean?” and “What wisdom am I to learn from this?” It is so easy for me, when reading Proverbs, to go from one proverb to another, and when the meaning is fairly straightforward, to simply acknowledge each truth and to assume I know how it applies to my life. But when a proverb makes no sense to me, it forces me to think, “This made sense to Solomon, and moreover, the Holy Spirit led him to include it for our edification. Don’t pass over this, try to get an idea of what it means.”

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