The Monday Memo

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. ― John Wooden

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • New Zealand & Trump
  • Trump & McCain
  • Trump & Fox News
  • March Madness

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The Sunday Message

About the upcoming total solar eclipse event…

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. – Matthew 24:36 (NIV)

There are several different religious views about Monday’s total solar eclipse and some of them are as “interesting” as some religions.

From the Washington Post:

On Monday, Pradeep Reddy, a pediatrician in Carbondale, Ill., will eagerly await the sight of the solar eclipse, which he expects will be an awe-inspiring scientific spectacle.

Then he’ll go inside and jump in the shower with all his clothes on. (Or at least he’ll run them through the washing machine.)

That’s what his religion tells Hindus to do after an eclipse, to purify the clothing that they watched the supposedly inauspicious cosmic event in. Hindus for generations have taken all sorts of precautions to ward off the bad luck that they believe an eclipse foretells.

From End Time Headlines:

A huge total solar eclipse will take place over the United States this month and for some Christians, it’s a clear sign from God that the last days prophesied in the Bible are upon us.

Another belief is that the path across the United States is God’s way of giving us a warning that we need to repent or judgment will be coming. (

So have fun with Monday’s total solar eclipse. As Desmond from the TV show “Lost” used to say, “See you on the other side, brother.”



“Lost” a friend

I have watched every “Lost” episode since 2004 when Oceanic Flight 815 crashed onto a mysterious island. Last night, along with an estimated 13.5 million other viewers, I watched the final episode and I had tears in my eyes as the final minutes ticked by. My floodgates came open when Vincent (the dog) lay down by Jack as he (supposedly) died.

There were several other places where I almost lost it, but the dog did me in.

Dang it.

I like the way it ended. As with most of the episodes, the ending of the series left me to ponder several scenarios of what happened next. Heck, there were many times that I wondered what was happening now!

Did they all die? I think so. Did they all go on to a better life? As they sat in the Church, did they end up following Jack’s dad (his name is Christian Shepherd) into the light and into Heaven? Continue reading