Rev. Calli

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  1. Greetings to you all my sisters in brothers, Not quite two months ago now, my brother Bill noticed a painful lump starting on his left cheek right below the ear. This was pretty painful and continued to grow in size. Not quite a month ago, his tongue began to swell, and he also developed sharp back pains that made it very difficult to stand up or walk for more than the length of his small apartment. He saw the doctors, and at first had been given some very inconclusive results. The day after Labor Day he went in for more tests and was told he had cancer that had spread thru out his body. The doctors had wanted to admit him right then and there to begin an aggressive series of treatments, but being the VA they had made him wait so long in the outpatient department that by the time they had come down to give him the news, he had gotten disgusted and left. Last week Tuesday, I had driven down to Chicago to take him to his doctor's appointment. I couldn't believe how much his condition had deteriorated in the space of a few days (I've been going down a few times a week since he told me about his problems to check up on him and do his shopping). I took him to the VA for his appointment, where the doctor told me of how truly serious his condition was, and had him admitted right away. Friday night, the tumor (which has extended into his throat) began to close off his airway. The doctors had tried to call me, but my wife and I were busy getting new cell phone, and my phone was being backed up and the contents transferred to the new one while they were attempted to call. By the time I had received the message, they had already put him on a Ventilator and transferred him to the ICU. On Tuesday, since he was breathing pretty well without the vent help, we decided to remove the Vent. He actually improved a little and can now communicate. But his cancer is not going to get better, and he has at most only a few weeks left. I tell you all this in part to explain why I have not been around much these past few weeks, but also to ask for your prayers for us at this difficult time. I especially reach out to my pagan brothers and sisters for their prayers. My brother has been a pagan for most of his life, and I wish to honor his path. If any of you are a part of the pagan community in Chicago, or the SyFy or Animee community there, you will probably know of or have met my brother Bill. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  2. Apple 8, X....new watch

    Greetings to you my brother, I’m can’t begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to being away for a week. I’ll post pictures. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  3. Apple 8, X....new watch

    Greetings to you my brother, When the wife says no, it is indeed no. Unless of course you really enjoy suffering. In solidarity, Rev Calli
  4. Apple 8, X....new watch

    Greetings to you my brother, I'll be posting pictures on my facebook page. We leave tomorrow! In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  5. Apple 8, X....new watch

    Greetings to you all my brothers, My wife and I just upgraded our phones from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 8 a few weeks ago, mostly because we are going on a trip to England and wanted to have phones with better cameras. I do find I like this one somewhat better than my 6. The camera does take much clearer pictures in low light situations. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  6. Greeting to you all my sisters and brothers, While my heart is breaking, I can at least report that my brother made the transition from this life to the next Tuesday at 5:08 am. The day before, I was able to fulfill what was his final request to me and bring him a boom box as well as a selection of his Jazz CD's. When I played the first one for him late Sunday afternoon, he fell into a deep restful sleep like I had not seen him do for weeks. I had received a call at my home about midnight from the doctor saying he was having some trouble breathing. We decided not to put him on a respirator again, instead, we tried a rebreather mask. About an hour later his stats had improved and the doctor thought he would be ok for awhile. I asked her to make sure his music was playing and tried to go back to sleep. About 3 I got another call saying things were deteriorating again and that I had better drive down from Milwaukee. I arrived at the hospital about 10 minutes after he had passed away. I am sad that I was not there to hold his hand, but at least I was able to provide him the music that meant so much to him. I thank each of you for your prayers and/or good wishes during this difficult time in my life. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  7. HUMANISM

    Greetings to you all my sisters and brothers, Speaking for myself, I find the pledge of Allegiance wrong on many many levels. While the full list of particulars is something I do not want to get into right now, my major objection is that it causes us to give worship to a piece of fabric (and a badly designed one at that). I do not give my allegiance to any object. I do pledge myself to freedom, to equality, to the concept of justice, and to the ability of all people to choose their own faith path or to reject the very concept of faith. That very idea that people are forced (or highly encouraged) to pledge themselves to an inanimate object kind of goes against the very ideals that object is supposed to represent. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  8. Greetings to you my brother, Thank you for your prayers. We need them. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  9. Greetings to you my brother, For myself, tithing is the 10% of what I make that I give every year to the community in General. While I give a significant amount to my church, I also give freely to the United Way here in the Southeast Wisconsin area, and to other charities. I also freely give of my time to my church and other groups. I believe that what I have been blessed with in life I hold in trust for God and that as a good Steward at least a portion of these things needs to be given back to help those with less. Jesus taught us to care for the poor, the outcast, the sick and the needy. I try deliberately to give to those organizations that help those who Christ loved so dearly. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  10. Greetings to you all my sisters and brothers, I thank each of you for the prayers you have been sending for my brother and my family during this difficult time. I have spent the past two days in Chicago getting my brothers legal affairs in order and making memorial plans. I ask that you continue in our prayers for us, as I for one need them. THe hardest part of all this is next week on Friday, my wife and I leave for England for 10 days. My eldest son Charlie is taking care of my brother while we're away, but it does not make leaving him any easier. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  11. Prayers for our family

    Greetings to you my brother, You are in my prayers my friend, as I hope you will keep me in yours. Your brother in Christ, Rev. Calli
  12. Authentic self

    Greetings to you my brother, When it feels right to me. I have just as much capacity to bs myself as anyone. Fortunately, I have been blessed with good and caring friends who, when I need it, help me to see when I am engaging in acts of self-delusion and, gently, help keep me grounded. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  13. Apologetics

    Greetings to you my brother, Well, I've read Mr. Strobel's classic work "The Case for Christ," and in general I agree with his arguments for the reality of the historical Jesus. But even in that work some of his views tilted toward a more fundamentalist view of Christianity then I believe in. His views tho make sense when you consider he is one of the leaders of the WIllowbrook church and it's sister churches. For myself, the works of C.S. Lewis when he discusses his understanding of Christianity, such as in his books "The Screwtape Letters" and "The Great Divorce" are works of Christian Apologetics that I can embrace. It's really important to understand that just as there are many different understandings of Christian Theology, there are many different systems of apologetics. There is no one universally agreed upon system of apologetics that all Christians would agree to. It really all depends on what resonates with each believers soul. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  14. Authentic self

    Greetings to you all my sisters and brothers, In my own personal experience, I have come to learn that while I might think I know myself, without hearing from others how they have come to know and understand me, my perception may not always be spot on. Fortunately, I have a wife who is more than happy to point out things about myself that I may not have seen. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  15. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    Greetings to you my brother, My way got rid of them immediately. Your way took six months. Seriously tho, much of the doctrine and practices of the JW's I am very familiar with, having done much research on Escatology and denominations that stressed the coming last days while I was in Seminary. For a time, the denomination was also pretty strong in the Milwaukee area, having their missionaries out every Saturday and some weeknights going door to door. When I owned my coffee shop, they were even known to come in there to try to Proselytize. Even after telling them multiple times I'm ordained in the Methodist church and very unlikely to change my views, they were adamant. Finally, I resorted to the big guns. Fortunately, they didn't take me up on my offer. It would have been hard to explain to my wife In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  16. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    Greetings to you my sister, While I am indeed a pretty committed Christian, I absolutely detest, as you put it, the Saturday morning door-knockers Most of them, since I don't subscribe to their understanding of the faith, refuse to consider me to be a Christian at all, and do not hesitate to tell me all about it. So one day I took a lesson from the "Blues Brothers". and offered to purchase the youngest lady of the group of three who had come to persuade me to read a copy of the Watchtower. They have not been at my door since. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  17. Smart Phones

    Greetings to you my brother, I have had both Android and I Phones. In my experience, I have had fewer issues with the iPhones then I ever had with an Android. For me, (and my wife) the problems with Android phones always seemed to be that the batteries were subject to premature discharge. From what my son (who is a computer geek told me) the Android phones were more prone to continually have programs running in the background that ate up battery life. I've had my iPhone 6 now for 2 years with never an issue. Battery still can go a day without recharging, and I use the phone frequently throughout the day. In solidarity Rev. Calli
  18. respect, dignity and grace

    Greetings to you my brother, While each state in the US has different rules regarding driving while intoxicated, here in Wisconsin people convicted of a first offense has to do pretty much what you do in the Netherlands. The cost is about the same too, with the additional consequence of having their drivers insurance premiums go sky high. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  19. respect, dignity and grace

    Greetings to you my brother, Thank you for your very wise illustration of what can be possible when people are treated like people, even when they are being punished. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  20. respect, dignity and grace

    Greetings to you my brother, Not exactly. My proposal is that prisons should be very agreeable places, where those who have proven that they cannot live in normal society be placed in the most humane setting possible because they will not be leaving it. Most people thou, IMHO, can be rehabilitated outside of prison if we would devote our resources more to rehab than to punishment. But we should also rethink what the behaviors are that should even be considered criminal. Such as, oh I don't know, things like possession of Pot. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  21. respect, dignity and grace

    Greetings to you my brother, For most people, I don't think prison is really the answer. IMHO opinion, there are only a very few true sociopath's who would literally need to be locked up forever. Better opportunities for livable wage jobs, better mental health services, decriminalizing certain substances, these would be much more effective, and more humane, then what we have now. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  22. respect, dignity and grace

    Greetings to you my brother, I believe I would have to disagree with you. Respect is due to all people. We are all children of God. Now respecting someone doesn't mean you agree with their actions, or that you even give approval. Not does it mean that people should not be held accountable for their actions. But it does mean that even when by their actions someone is subjected to correction and punishment, it must be done in a way that respects their fundamental humanity. Some years ago I read a book titled "The New Centurions" by Joseph Waumbaugh. In it, one of his main characters, a police officer in LA nearing retirement, talked about his ideas for the prison system. He believed that prisons should be very agreeable places, in fact, and I believe this to be a verbatim quote "we should supply them with all the booze, drugs and broads they want, just as long as we keep them locked up where they can't hurt anyone else." I actually kind of agree with that. People who have proved they cannot live in free society should be restrained, but their imprisonment should be as kind and agreeable as we can make it, because they are never getting out. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  23. "Spooky" Science & Reason

    Greetings to you my brother, Thank you for citing the different translations these wordings appear in. They do indeed give a somewhat different perspective of the act of Creation. Again do support the idea that creation is a continual act. In Solidarity, Rev. Calli
  24. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    Greetings to you my brother, I am reminded of a quote by Woody Allen. "I don't believe in an afterlife, but I am taking a change of underwear." In solidarity, Rev. Calli