By Charlie Johnston As things get crazier, living prudent and calm discernment becomes more, not less important. As Abraham Lincoln said in his House Divided Speech in 1858, just over two years before the American Civil War broke out, “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then […]Read More The Never-Ending Story
(This may be the longest piece I have written here. Forgive me, but it is foundational to the themes that will be predominant going forward at this site. I don’t expect you to read all the multitude of links. I make them available to expand your knowledge of a particular point and to get an […]Read More Be Not Afraid: The Darkness Shall Not Prevail
Ecce Homo – Antonio Ciseri I repeat today my little story from the original Holy Week What follows is fiction. I used the literary device of an archaeological find, but it is fiction entirely from my meditation on the Crowning of Thorns. This is NOT definitely what happened with Pilate, but merely my meditation on […]Read More Good Friday – Epitaph Revisited
By Charlie Johnston One of the things that has troubled me since this whole quarantine thing began is that one of the devil’s primary tools for damaging people is to isolate them. With much of the whole world now self-isolated, it can easily become the devil’s playground. Certainly, it has in some cases. I am […]Read More Desolation or Poustinia? It is Up to Us.
By Charlie Johnston Sometimes I am glad people know so little about history. Quite frankly, it is horrifying – mostly an unending tale of brutality, cruelty and strife. Thomas Hobbes was just being frank when he said, in his Leviathan, that life is “nasty, brutish and short.” At other times, it pains me, for if people knew […]Read More Lockdown Ruminations
By Charlie Johnston Over a decade ago I was running two Congressional campaigns at opposite ends of the state. I would bounce back and forth. On a Monday morning when I was opening a weekly meeting at the western one, I was furious at some things that had been bobbled over the weekend – several […]Read More Just a Couple of Things…
By Charlie Johnston I have been struggling to get a handle on this business, writing a long, fairly complex piece. It finally dawned on me this morning that I would do well to divide it into at least three small pieces, covering different aspects. Also, I have been overwhelmed with email traffic and ‘messenger’ requests. […]Read More Notes From the Plague Journal – What is Truth?
By Desmond A. Birch (Our friend of this site, Desmond, with his scholarly gifts and expertise has written a more in-depth look at the Pachamama incident, giving us historical understanding and insight as people have wondered how this could have happened. Too, in his expression of truth written in love, Desmond highlights wise spiritual counsel […]Read More WHAT HAS BEEN BOTHERING ME and WHERE AM I BEING LED?
By Charlie Johnston Decades ago, when I was managing editor of a group of suburban weekly newspapers, I got into a ferocious argument with the advertising manager (who was also the owner’s son) in the production manager’s office just about an hour before deadline. It just kept getting more and more intense until, finally, the […]Read More With Charity for All…
By Charlie Johnston Yesterday, an idea popped into my head for a short story about the Wujan Virus. I will call it The Year of the Plague. The central thesis is that those who thought that this virus was the catalyst for global civilizational collapse were correct – and those who thought this virus was […]Read More Into the Desert