The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

I lost another friend to cancer this weekend.

Beth fought bravely, courageously, with strong faith.

We had not seen each other since well before the pandemic. But we would chat by Facebook and keep in touch.

I knew that in the times that she was not posting or communicating that the challenges were great.

Around the end of March she posted that she was on her way to more chemotherapy. I believe that was her last post. I knew that the silence could not be a good thing.

Yesterday, her daughter confirmed that it indeed was not. Beth passed peacefully in her sleep on Saturday evening.

She leaves behind a loving husband, three beautiful daughters, her grandchildren, and many, many who loved her.

She is already missed.

I was in the employee canteen at the amusement park yesterday when I heard the news. I had a hard time not crying in public.

I know that Beth is no longer in pain. I know that this weekend she walked into the arms of the Savior.

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Healed. Completed. Restored.

I know that one day I will see Beth, and so many, many others, again.

But right now, my heart aches. It aches for the lost of my friend. It aches for her her family.

I am glad that in God’s master plan, I had the privilege to know and love Beth. I am richer for it.

I first met Beth probably ten or fifteen years ago. I lost count. She was the lead person on the makeup team for Glorious Christmas Nights at West End Assembly of God.

She was the first person to make me look like Santa, back when I was just starting to look like him without makeup.

When our youngest entered a gifted program at a school near Beth, she volunteered to help with afternoon care. Just for the love of doing it, and for us.

When our families went different ways with churches, we kept in touch, again mostly via Facebook.

Two or three years ago, I posted a picture of a horse that I had painted. She asked “are you selling that?” We worked out a deal, but I would just have given it to her.

That was before the pandemic and before her illness.

I never got the painting to her.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Cancer sucks.

So I find myself asking, praying, when will enough be enough?

My wife and I have lost count of the funerals we have attended, or tried to attend over the last two years. Strangely, while the number is somewhere north of two dozen, I don’t believe any were COVID related. At least not directly.

There are so many things I do not understand.

I do not understand why so many have lost the battle to cancer while I have survived. Twice.

I cannot see how the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

I cannot see what the final tapestry will look like.

But I don’t believe in coincidence. I don’t believe in accidents.

I have to believe there’s a reason. I pray that I find it and accomplish it.


Miyares To DHS: Disband the Disinformation Governance Board
Shaun Kenney at The Republican Standard
Of course, notable about the announcement of the new DGB is the uncanny timing of it all just as Elon Musk announced his intention to purchase Twitter, much to the utter shock of progressives who immediately shifted gears as to whether or not the social media giant was neutral, betraying the left-wing slant and information operations it had waged against conservatives for the better part of a decade. Read More.

EXCLUSIVE: Bill Barr Throws Cold Water On Biden’s ‘Disinformation’ Board And Its ‘Radical’ Head
Daily Caller
Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr denounced the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new Disinformation Governance Board, characterizing its leader as an unqualified “radical.” Read More.

I Asked Thousands of Biologists When Life Begins. The Answer Wasn’t Popular
Steve Jacobs at Quillette
However, members of the media were mostly interested in my finding that 96% of the 5,577 biologists who responded to me affirmed the view that a human life begins at fertilization. Read More.


1860 – J. M. Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (d. 1937)
1914 – Hank Snow, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)
1918 – Mike Wallace, American journalist, media personality and one-time game show host (d. 2012)
1936 – Albert Finney, English actor (d. 2019)
1936 – Glenda Jackson, English actress and politician
1942 – John Ashcroft, American lawyer and politician, 79th United States Attorney General
1949 – Billy Joel, American singer-songwriter and pianist


The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121:7–8

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