Of Cabbages and Kings, and Many Other Things
A complete index to my Medium posts organized by subject
Medium’s new profile design has made older evergreen articles harder to find. Who wants to scroll randomly down a profile to find a topic of interest? I’ve tried to make my profile easier to navigate by indexing my articles by category. Articles I like best are at the top part of each category.
As I organized this, I discovered that it’s hard to compartmentalize my life. My Christian worldview and faith permeate most articles because they influence how I view everything from relationships to nature. It was also hard to separate many of my articles about family and personal life from grief and bereavement. I’ve tried to put them where the primary focus is, but they are often intertwined.
Here are the main categories in the order they are listed:
- Inspiration for life: brief general inspirational articles that are not specifically tied to any one religion.
- My Christian Faith and Life: Articles that focus primarily on what I believe and/or how it affects my everyday life
- Life and Death: Focuses on personal experiences with end of life issues, bereavement, grief, suicide, and death of my children, extended family, and friends
- Life with Friends and Family: Daily home life, homeschooling, and non-business relationships with others. Includes cooking and other household routines
- Writing Life: Anything primarily to do with my writing life, experiences, platforms, blogging, and writing tips
- Life Outside: Focuses on gardening experiences, and the natural world I encounter on my walks
- Reading Life: What I read on a number of topics and what I think about it
- Life with Animals: Includes domesticated animals, primarily cats, who have touched my life, wild animals, and creepy crawlies I have observed in or around my neighborhood.
- Life Online: My experiences in the world of social media and website creation
- Life with My Camera: Photos and photo essays related to anything, including travel.
- Business Life: Articles related to finances, making a living, retail, being a landlord, or selling books online
- Civic Life: Articles related to politics and volunteering in my community
- Poetry: A genre I only occasionally dabble in now.
Inspiration for life
Thoughts on a Pier
There’s nothing like walking on a pier to make you realize there are two sides to everything. It’s easy to gain a new…
What Would You Do with an Old Bicycle?
Creative people can see beyond the obvious and spot potential others may miss
Logan and the Catmint: A Photography Surprise
Sometimes we miss what we should be focused on
Beauty and Mystery Encourage One to Take a Closer Look
The beauty of the iris hides its mysteries within
My Christian faith and life
Not Even the Rich Can Dress so Elegantly
Consider the lilies of the field. King Solomon’s clothes could not compare
No Virus Will Stop the World From Moving On
Spring still brings flowers, babies, and a message of hope
What Makes Christianity a Unique Religion?
Aren’t all religions just different roads to the same destination?
Does the Resurrection of Jesus Offer You Hope?
No matter what you’ve done, what you believe makes all the difference between hope and despair
How to Be a Blessing to Others Each Day
How you treat others might mean the difference between life and death
What Do You Need to Get Rid of to Fulfill God’s Purpose for Your Life?
Thoughts on Philippians 2:5–8
Why Worship an Imitation of the Creator?
The One who made me a living soul is the only one who can take care of my soul and spirit
When to Praise the Lord
From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised. — Psalm 113:3. How is this even…
Are You Searching for Light in a Spiritually Dark World?
Among all the artificial lights of the Christmas season, will you find the true Light?
Feeling stressed? Sit and watch a river flow by you
Let the river and its Creator carry your tension away
God Got Me There: A Divine Appointment
I had planned to skip Bible Study that night, but God had other plans.
Does God Have a Sense of Humor?
I’m sure God has a sense of humor. After all, we’re made in his image and we love to laugh. I’m sure he laughed when he…
Life and death: grief, bereavement, and end of life issues
Jason, I’ll Always Love You
Some people have always wanted to have children. I wasn’t one of them. But as I pulled weeds one day, this particular…
How God Prepared Me for My Son’s Death
There’s no good way to lose your son. God knew that better than anyone
Now We Celebrate Our Son’s Re-Birth Day
If he hadn’t graduated to Heaven we’d be celebrating his 42nd birthday
The Faces You Don’t See in the Suicide Statistics
The personal stories of three who made the choice to die
What to Expect When You Meet a Mortician Professionally
A poem and reflection on my first meeting with a mortician in a mortuary
How to Cooperate with God in Emotional Healing
God heals the broken-hearted who bring their broken hearts to Him
Life with friends and family: marriage, personal life and relationships
Discard An Interest Every Decade For A Peaceful Old Age
A non-focused life with too many interests may later trap you when you get too old to declutter
Should I Allow My Teen to Make Risky Decisions?
Parents may have to decide whether to allow a teen to make a decision when head and heart don’t agree and all the risk…
How Important Is Romance?
Romance and flirting are entertaining games for couples. Neither is evidence of genuine love. Here’s how to recognize…
Starved for Attention
Jason seemed to have an invisible sign around his neck that said, “Love me.” Maybe that’s why I did
The Honeymoon That Wasn’t
A lasting marriage doesn’t need to begin with an expensive wedding and honeymoon. We reached our Golden Anniversary…
Growing Old Together: A Reflection on Our 56th Anniversary
The story of a marriage that survived despite the odds against it
What Was Different in the Days Before School Shootings?
When I attended public schools between 1948 and 1960, no one was afraid of being shot at school. What changed?
Stripped of Dignity in the Hospital — Mom’s Experience
Hospital care can strip patients of their dignity as it seeks to alleviate pain. I wrote the poem while visiting my mom…
What to Expect If You Need to Go to Traffic School
It’s an experience I don’t want to repeat
No, You Can’t Bring the Past Back to Life
And you can’t bring back the loved ones who used to fill your empty house
Overwhelmed with Information
I spend too much time sifting through information I will never read. Do you?
Alcohol and Me: Why I Decided Not to Drink
If you have alcoholics in your family, deciding not to drink may be the wisest decision you can make
What Happened to Simple Electronic Clocks?
I don’t need a light show — I just want to know what time it is
How I Multiply the Results of My Blogging Efforts
Now I don’t have to neglect my own blogs to find time to post to Medium
Why I No Longer Participate in 30-Day Blogging Challenges
Should a blogger sacrifice quality for quantity?
Write for a Target Audience and Hit a Bullseye
Why I Target a Specific Audience when I Write
How Much Bad Stuff About Me Should I Reveal Online?
What if my stories make other living people look bad?
Life outside: nature and garden
Use Your Landscaping to Help Bees Survive in Autumn and Winter
Plants bees love from late summer to late winter
The Deceptive Jimsom Weed: Evil in Disguise
This lovely white flower hides the plant’s dangers
Garden Mystery Solved: The Clary Sage That Wasn’t
A case of mistaken identity at Farmers Market
Winter Rains Return Color to the Parched Land
Almost overnight the brown waste places turn green
Poppies Add Orange Accents to the Landscape of California
California poppies brighten our open spaces in spring
Sad Tale of Two Trees in a Neighborhood Park
I mourned the loss of a mature tree and discovered a small tree of mourning
What You Decide Now Will Affect History
Will your decisions help or hurt those around you and those who follow you in this world?
What Happens to Followers of Non-Christian Religions?
Only God knows for sure, but C.S. Lewis offers one viewpoint in The Chronicles of Narnia
I Never Expected to Meet Ray Bradbury in a Graveyard
I normally meet authors at Book Expo or at book signing events. I never would have expected to meet Ray Bradbury at the…
Help Me! Hide My Kindle and My Novels
My to-do list mocks me. I can’t put a good book down.
What Keeps Me Reading a Novel to the End?
What makes me want to promote a book or abandon it before I finish it?
Shirley Temple’s Adventures with her Little Slingshot
Eleanor Roosevelt had no idea what had hit her
Life with animals: domesticated, wild, and creepy crawlies
Logan and the Catmint: A Photography Surprise
Sometimes we miss what we should be focused on
Along Came a Spider, With Empathy for Miss Muffet
It’s not every day you find a black widow hanging from your favorite chair
The Standoff Is Over. I Killed Her
Lest you think I’m a violent person, be assured this was in self-defense.
First Impressions of New Social Media Sites MeWe and Parler
How to find your way around a new platform and make the right friends
How Social Media Has Sabotaged Deep Communication
Writing a personal letter is like stuffing yourself into an envelope to pay a visit. A Facebook post is like waving at…
Things I Didn’t Expect to Find on Instagram
When I joined Instagram to help promote my blogging business, I never expected it to provide so many learning…
Online Friends and Family, I Love You, but Please Don’t Do This
It will only help people take advantage of you and those you love
Don’t Manipulate Me Facebook! I Hate It! Stop!
Facebook: The Good, the Bad, and the Manipulative
Life with my camera: photo essays from home and on the road
Morro Rock: Prominent Landmark on California’s Central Coast
It’s surroundings offer photographers much to focus on
What a Glorious Gift Is the Sky
The sky is free every day for all people everywhere to enjoy
Nature Photography Is Sometimes Dangerous
It’s easy to forget the risks when you’re chasing a shot — or an animal. When the excitement is over, you might break…
Can You Hear the Music in the Air?
See what sculptor Dale Evers Does with imagination and some recycled materials.
Do Trees Really Need to Wear Sweaters?
There is a place for yarn graffiti, but it’s not on trees
Business life: bookselling, landlording, retail, and personal finance
What I Think of Shopping Malls and Why
How malls have affected my life and why I won’t miss them if they disappear
A House Holds Memories
A house can seem very different than it used to be when its history changes. I realized this as we were getting my…
Tricky Credit Card Billing
How Credit Card Companies Try to Trick You and Make it Difficult to Pay Promotional Balances on Time So They Can Charge…
Masked life: the COVID -19 pandemic
My First Foray From a Sheltered Life Back to a Normal One
What’s the same and what’s different
How to Walk a Precinct for a Candidate
Are you a political activist or reluctant volunteer?
Please! Anywhere but the Phone Bank!
I hate it when political campaign calls interrupt my work or my meals. I definitely didn’t want to make such calls…
Poems are short and most of mine are very personal. That’s why I’ve included explanatory introductions on some of them.