The “Celebrities” Among Us

We all remember Lois Lane from the Superman sagas in comic books, on television, and in the movies. Smart, tough-as-nails, and tenacious, the world might never have discovered who the Man of Steel really was behind those glasses had it not been for the star reporter for the Daily Planet newspaper.  My grandfather Wilbur’s sister […]

Apparently, I’m Not Korean

My first foray into genealogy and ancestry research came as a 9 year-old fourth grader at John Enders Elementary School in Garden Grove, California. As a family, we often had our 1960s suburban Orange County version of the mythical campfire centered over dinner around the dining room table. It was at this table, perhaps over […]

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered …

It all started back in the early 1990s at University Christian Church in Berkeley, California. I was a new seminary student attending a dinner of some sort. Sitting next to me was Rev. C. William Nichols. Bill was the retired General Minister-President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) — basically the Disciples’ pope — […]

At Home in the Universe

“What stories we tell ourselves,” writes evolutionary biologist Stuart Kauffman, “of origins and endings, of form and transformation, of gods, the word, and law. All people, at all times, must have created myths and stories to sketch a picture of our place under the sun.” Cro-Magnon man must have spun answers to these questions: Who […]