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Jefferson Robbins is a journalist and sometime film reviewer living in the wilds of Washington State. He would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

“Going Forward”

The executive uses this phrase, or some variation (“the way forward,” et cetera), nine times in one meeting. It’s a signal that, despite his stated confidence in the future, he has no idea what it holds. What’s more, it marks a reluctance to consider his corporation’s past — the missteps and crap initiatives (oh, I could name a few) that brought him to this sad juncture, with his workers diminished in strength and chewing their cuticles over each new memo that hits the inbox.


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My church’s Bible Conversations group dealt this week with Mark 10:2-12, which reads as follows:

Some Pharisees came and tested [Jesus] by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

“What did Moses command you?” he replied.

They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”

“It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female. ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”

What is the measure of a man?chuck_norris

Whoa, whoa! Slow down. I know you want to say “Chuck Norris,” but hear me out.

The internet-meme-turned-annoying-T-shirt-franchise Chuck Norris Facts is actually a solid starting point for our discussion, as the Ideal of Chuck Norris seems to have overtaken the man himself – at least, that’s what I gather after finding that outranks the actor’s actual homepage on a Google search.