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I must have been 7 or 8 when my aunt Goo Tai taught me the card game, Dragon. Goo Tai and her family lived on a pear farm in the Delta region just south of… Read More »Dragon

Half Dome

Once the idea was hatched, Roger, whom I have known since kindergarten at Commodore Stockton Elementary School in Chinatown, and I began making plans.  Probably the best thing we did to prepare was to attend… Read More »Half Dome

It Takes A Village

As the years mount, my memories of growing up in Chinatown, San Francisco, become increasingly richer and happier.  In the 40’s and 50’s, Chinatown was like a village where there were no strangers.  People and… Read More »It Takes A Village

Discontinuous Change

Acts 1:1-11 (Sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, in May, 2018) INTRODUCTION When I graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary in the Spring of 1966, there were about 50 students in my graduating… Read More »Discontinuous Change

Mother’s Day

The line stopped me in my tracks and drew me to Scott Simons’ book, “Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime.”  I skimmed the book in search of that line; and… Read More »Mother’s Day

Dick Wichman

Seated across from me at my kitchen table in San Anselmo, he asked me to forgive him.  I was in the 10th year of my faculty appointment at San Francisco Theological Seminary, serving as the… Read More »Dick Wichman

Roll Call

John 20:1-18 (Sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church, SF, on Easter 2019) Introduction According to John, the discovery of the risen Christ began in darkness.  The first line of John’s account of Easter reads:  “Early… Read More »Roll Call