The Old and the New Testament

When I was in my formative years, I attended a Christian church in South Carolina. As a young person, I was urged to read the complete Bible. Although it was years later that I finally did that, I remember reading in the Old Testament things that were abhorrent to my understanding of God’s love. It seemed that the Old Testament almost did not belong to the New Testament although I realized that there were parallels. As I continued my Bible learning through the church and in Sunday School, I discovered that the Old Testament could be defined as the “letter of the law.” When Jesus came into the picture in the New Testament, He came to define the “spirit of the law,” both of which were needed to have a better understanding of God. It seems to me that our government has lost touch with the “spirit of the law” regarding immigration. We do need laws, but we also need compassion and understanding.

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Loneliness Revisited

Being alone is different from eating alone, watching a movie alone, going to bed alone. I can do all of those things without being lonely. However, my having overcome loneliness fails the test on holidays. Somehow or other, holidays regain the upper hand, and I become a holiday casualty. Even when I’m not by myself on holidays, I feel “alonely.” There’s a big difference between being alone and being alonely. “Alone” is just being separated from others; “alonely” is an emotional low that cannot be easily handled. My dad was a person who didn’t handle being alone well. When my mother died at an early age, he quickly located her replacement so that he wouldn’t be alone. I chose to be married to a lovely lady who was company to me for twenty-three years although she turned out not to be my partner for life. When we divorced, I worried about living my life alone. I longed for someone with whom to share my home. Then I met Dimitris, and we were married. Most of the time now Dimitris fills my need for companionship, but those damn holidays are pitfalls I can’t avoid. No more holidays, please, and I’ll be fine. It’s the holidays when I am “alonely.”

 

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No Dial Tone

In the “old” days, it was not terribly unusual to wake up to no dial tone on the telephone. However, we are now in the 21st century where remarkable improvements have been made in technology. Then why did I wake up one morning this week without a dial tone on my Spectrum telephone? In order to check out the cause of the problem, I had to bring my cell phone into the house (as it “lives” in the car). After being told by a “robot” to disconnect my modem in order to see if the problem would rectify itself, I found that, after trying that procedure, I still had no dial tone. A second call allowed the “robot” to recognize that I had called previously about the problem and connected me to a human technician who was able to re-connect me remotely to the outside world via my phone. Happiness reigns once again in my home, but I can’t help but ask why it happened.

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The Best Time of Day

I am not a late sleeper although I think maybe I was in my younger years. However, even then I awoke ready to go. I had a roommate in college who admonished me not to speak to him until he had had a morning cup of coffee. Nope, not me. Give me tasks to do in the morning, not in the evening. I have met people who resented my early morning cheerfulness. I’m convinced my stepmother never experienced a pleasant morning in her life. Now that I am in my senior years, I very much enjoy going to bed early, around 10:00 and rising between 5:00 and 5:30 usually. I hit the floor running, enjoy a cup of coffee along with a bottle of water and usually ask for doctors’ appointments as early as possible. I’m glad I’m a “morning person.” I grew up with “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man….” Well, I’m relatively healthy, and I hope I am wise. However, my wealth is more non-material possessions. I’m also grateful that I get a good night’s sleep most nights, fall asleep quickly, and wake and roll out of bed saying, “Thank you, Lord, for another day, Lord.”

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Dog Talk

About fifteen years ago, I was teaching at St. Petersburg College, having just read a novel that would become one of my favorite novels, The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. The novel appealed to me because of its unique perspective, that of being told from the dog’s point of view. Enzo, the dog, has spent time watching TV enough that he now can narrate what his master, Danny, is going through in life. The unusual title comes from Danny’s experiences with auto racing, an experience which he shares with Enzo. When I heard that Garth Stein was to speak at the college, I tried to work my schedule so that I could attend his lecture and hopefully get to meet him. Unfortunately, that did not work out so I wrote him a fan letter. I have read this novel twice and recently had a notice from the Garth Stein website that the novel is to be filmed with Kevin Cosner being the voice of Enzo. I can only hope and pray that Hollywood doesn’t mess up this delightful tale straight from the doggie’s mouth.

 

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Love at First Sight

While I was still teaching at Northeast High as a single person, some of my fellow teachers decided that I needed a pet as a companion. As a child, I had grown up with dogs, and I knew that they required a lot of time and effort so didn’t want to go that route. In fact, I was convinced that I was perfectly fine living petlessly. When one of the lady teachers informed me that she had found the perfect pet for me–a cat–I reluctantly agreed to see the cat but warned her that, unless it was love at first sight, I was not taking the cat home. The cat belonged to a policeman who had recently married a woman with young children. The children were abusing the cat, the only reason the policeman was willing to give his pet away. When I saw the cat, I was amazed at its beauty. It was a silver-haired Persian. However, it took more than good looks to win me over. I was not convinced until the policeman told me the cat’s name; it was Trooper. Since my last name is Cooper, it was indeed a deal-made-in-heaven. I’m pleased to tell you that Trooper Cooper and I spent many years together.

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Unlucky Me

I do not play the lottery. I do not play Bingo. I do not like to purchase raffle tickets. Why? Because I don’t consider myself lucky with chances. I think lucky people somehow know how to think positive and, for them, it works. Just because I don’t consider myself lucky at cards or lotteries, I definitely consider myself a very lucky person in life–lucky to be alive at 80 years old, lucky to be in as good a health as I am, lucky to have a wonderful partner who loves me, and very lucky in having three beautiful, healthy grandchildren. Since I don’t like games of chance, why was I at Tyrone Mall on a Tuesday morning playing Bingo. First of all, Dimitris awoke that morning announcing there was going to be Bingo at the mall. Secondly, there was no charge. As the number-calling began, I noted that I had very few of the first numbers called, reinforcing my belief in my un-luck. I was amazed when I was the first person to raise my hand and shout out BINGO.

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