SIMPLISTIC: trite, to reduce a complex idea to an easy, uncomplicated level

simplistic

The story is told of a theologianwho gets on a plane and finds himself seated next to an astronomer.   They greet each other and begin talking about their respective vocations.  At one point the astronomer says to the theologian, “I have come to the conclusion that all religion can be summarized by the phrase: Do […]

HYMN: a song with spiritual foundation

I’m one of those unusual people who really pays attention to the words of music.  Especially in church.   It really bothers me when I find us singing  a hymn in which the words are diametrically opposed to the stated theology of my faith. Why are we singing it? 1) It’s an old favorite and the […]

QUOTE: “Nature doesn’t know mathematics; but nature demonstrates mathematics.”

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My coffee shop friend, Dr. Pavlides, shared another quote with me the other day.  I think I’m paraphrasing it, but as I remember it he said, “Nature doesn’t know mathematics; but nature demonstrates mathematics.”  I new immediately what he was saying, but the concept was not to leave me and has been rattling around in […]

REDOUBTABLE: formidable.

FORMIDABLE

Yesterday’s running of the Kentucky Derby was classic, in that the winner was known and identified well before the herald trumpet called us to attention, the race about to begin.   For days in advance, it was speculated that California Chrome was going to run away with the roses and become the owner of spot #1 […]

AMBIGUOUS: lacking clearness or definiteness; obscure; indistinct:

ambiguous

Ambiguous is a word that can have a couple of meanings.  One is that it is a word that describes a phenomenon when one or more definitions can apply, such as the illustration to the right.   Is it a beautiful woman or is it Bill Clinton waxing jazz on a saxophone?   The point is that […]

AGILITY: physical or mental quickness

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I suspect that most of us think of physical activity when we hear the word agility.  In my case it has to do with that quality which has never been attributed to me.  Agility in physical activity implies that the person has lithe, flexible moves, making (him) capable of twisting, turning, and bending to do […]