Time To Ride: Exploring Damaged

Two passions of mine are reading and riding motorcycles. I read and ride widely. I enjoy throwing my leg over the Harley to head out and explore new roads and destinations. Reading allows me to meet new authors and explore new ideas. These two practices are also important spiritually. When reading or riding, I find myself fully immersed in the moment with senses heightened and the mind fully engaged. This blog arose out of my wish to share these two passions with you. So, sit back and enjoy the ride.


March 5, 2018 223 Miles

Karen (my wife) and I headed south on the Road King. I am still amazed at the variety of elevations one experiences within just 100 miles of downtown Phoenix. With the elevation shifts the landscape shifts right along with it. This ride we came across two interesting sights. The first was Oracle State Park. The Park boasts of almost 4,000 acres. Before this acreage was gifted to the State of Arizona in 1986, many cows called it home.

For seventy-five years cows came and went while sharing their land with a few humans they called “ranchers.” The Kannally Ranch House, where the “ranchers” resided, still stands and is worth a walk through.

The second sight was the town of Winkelman. Winkelman is proud to be the smallest incorporated town in Arizona (population 353). Unlike previous times, we chose to take route through downtown. Unfortunately, there are more businesses shuttered than open. So, Circle K became our pit stop. Gas, nuts, and drinks. It was here that I noticed my competitive nature lurking around. There was a Harley Davidson pulling out of the parking lot as we walked out the store. The motorcycle with its riders headed north on 77 toward Globe. Same direction we were headed. A conversation began inside my head.

“Can you catch them before you get to Globe?”

“Sure. But, what difference would it make?”

“It doesn’t. But it could be fun. Bet you can’t.”

We caught them right before we crossed the city line. After a grin of satisfaction and a Mexican supper at Guayo’s El Rey in Miami, AZ, we bundled up and rode the 88 miles back home, a nice easy ride.

Book of the Month: Damaged by Pamela Callow

This month I have two books demanding my attention. They are the basis for two reading groups in April I am leading: “Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace in a Frantic World” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman and “Resurrecting Easter” by John Dominic Crossan. The Book of the Month honors, however, goes to the novel “Damaged."

Pamela Callow

A member of the Nova Scotia bar, Pamela Callow holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Prior to making writing a career, she worked as a Strategic Services manager with an international consulting firm.

What the book is about?

The heroine, Kate Lange, is a recent law graduate and is working for her first prestigious law firm. She is devoted to building her reputation and making a name for herself. Murder, legal conspiracy, and the Body Butcher are the only obstacles standing in her way to having her name and the designation “Partner” etched into the glass door to her office. How far is she willing to go to achieve her dreams?

Why am I reading it?

I occasionally need a break and appreciate a suspense novel.


Recent Articles

1. What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns Read the article at www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/what-i-saw-treating-the-victims-from-parkland-should-change-the-debate-on-guns/553937/

A radiologist writes about what he sees on CT scans when comparing the damage done by a handgun versus an AR-15.

Outstanding Quote:

“Banning the AR-15 should not be a partisan issue. While there may be no consensus on many questions of gun control, there seems to be broad support for removing high-velocity, lethal weaponry and high-capacity magazines from the market, which would drastically reduce the incidence of mass murders.”

2. Did Archaeologists Just Prove the Existence of Prophet Isaiah? Read the article at www.thedailybeast.com/did-archaeologists-just-prove-the-existence-of-prophet-isaiah

Can’t resist an article on archaeology and the Old Testament. Especially one about Isaiah. Many Christians believe the writing foretells the virgin birth and the death of Jesus, the Messiah.


“It is particularly auspicious that in a stunning article published today in Biblical Archaeology Review archaeologists announced they have stumbled upon the first physical evidence for the existence of the prophet Isaiah ... What it does not prove is the authenticity of his prophetic vocation, the accuracy of his predictions, or the truth of the Bible’s message.”

Recent Podcast

“Amy Chua on how tribalism is tearing American apart.” The Ezra Klein Podcast.

I have wondered how tribalism within religion, and in particular, Christianity is impacting the local church and how it is perceived by those disillusioned by it. Can we learn a thing or two from Law Professor Amy Chua’s knowledge of tribalism?


Quote from Ezra Klein:

“Human beings are tribal creatures particularly when they feel threatened. And the reality of living in America in 2018, at a time of massive demographic change and social upheaval, is that we all feel threatened, and so we are all becoming more tribal.”

Rev. Tony Minear, PhD. is the Lead Pastor at Church of the Beatitudes a Progressive Christian Church based in Phoenix AZ.

To reach Pastor Tony

Email: tominear@beatitudeschurch.org

Phone: 602-264-1221

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