Roger Bothwell | Devotional
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Thursday evening one of my students was accompanied to class by her husband. Since they were speaking Spanish to each other I bade him “Adios” upon his departure. So much for trying to be polite. I have since learned that “Adios” in...

It was announced today that the average American consumes over 3800 calories a day, which just happens to be almost twice what the average body needs for healthy maintenance. We have not only super-sized our fries we have super-sized ourselves. One of the...

In the 1700’s Grigori Potemkin, a lover of Catherine the Great of Russia, build elaborate facades on the front of hovels when Catherine was on tour in the Ukraine and the Crimea leaving her with the impression the economy was flourishing and the people prospering....

According to Will Durant, the author of the award winning series, “The Story of Civilization,” there have been only 29 years in recorded history when war was not being waged somewhere on earth. Most likely there were wars during those 29 years. We...

For the German philosopher Immanuel Kant the heart of ethical human behavior is as follows, “Act as if the maxim from which you act were to become through your will a universal law.” I must not seek any privilege for myself that I am...

This afternoon I sat in the showroom of a car dealer while waiting for my truck to be repaired. It was a slow day. Four salesmen sat without speaking a word to each other as they peered out the window like hunters in...

Business cards are wonderful things. Properly created they provide an easy way to introduce yourself to someone and supply them access to you with phone numbers and addresses. Through the years I have had a host of business cards made. My...

We watched in awe as the stunt plane streaming white smoke climbed vertically into the sky spiraling upward with the mighty engine straining against the relentless pull of gravity. Slower and slower it climbed until gravity won. The plane sat on its tail...

While I was sitting at my computer a housefly soared past my head and smashed into the computer screen. He either killed himself or at least knocked himself unconscious for he was immediately lying belly up by my keyboard. What surprised me next was...

The discussion was about best practices in teaching reading. My graduate students, most of them elementary teachers, were talking about the use of literature circles, journaling and other techniques used to enhance children’s reading skills. Then it happened one of them said, “You...