July 12, 2020

About Mike Bell

Views of God and the Corona Virus

Few things caused me to become more upset in the early days of the pandemic, than people stating their opinions about how God and the pandemic were related. The more I thought about it though, the more I realized that these views reinforce what I wrote back in February of 2019 when I asked: “What […]

Using God for Political Purposes

I am in the process of writing a post entitled “Five Six Seven Views Of God and the Corona Virus”. The Post keeps changing the more I read and think about it. In considering all the different ways that I have heard people express their view of God and the Corona Virus, there was one […]

Musick for the King – An Internet Monk Review

Few pieces of music can touch the soul like Handel’s Messiah. Making this composition into the centerpiece of a historical of historical novel is a task that only a masterful hand dare try. Barrie Doyle delivers a masterpiece of his own in “Musick for the King – A Historical Novel“. In it, we are transported […]

Memories with Dad

My Dad came home from the hospital on Friday! The pharmacist delivered his medicines late that evening and commented “Jim has more lives than a cat!” It was his ninth major abdominal surgery in about the same number of years. Thank you for all your prayers. As I was thinking about what to write tonight […]

When you don’t have much to say…

When writing, I have to fight the urge to not say something when I have nothing to say… There is nothing fully formulated in my brain that is worthy of a full post, but here are a few snippets that I have been thinking about during the past week. 1. My Dad was given a […]

Prayers Requested

Sometimes what you plan to write during the week gets waylaid. This week I was planning a post on empathy, and my lack thereof. Rather ironically I am posting asking for empathy from others. My Dad Jim is a pretty tough cookie. I was well into middle age before I thought I was as physically […]

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part Three

Welcome once again to our Consummate Cockburn Collection.  If you missed it, you might want to check out our list of Cockburn top ten albums in part one and part two. But what about those songs that didn’t make the top ten albums?  Are there any gems in those other albums that you might want […]

Thoughts on COVID-19 data and where we might be headed

Welcome to another stream of consciousness edition.  I have been doing a lot of thinking this week about the COVID-19 data that I have seen to this point, what it means, and what the future might bring. For those not familiar with who I am, I make a living doing data analysis, and am especially […]

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part Two

Mike: If you joined us last week,  you would have read about the first five albums in our Consummate Cockburn Collection.  This week we bring you albums six to ten.  I am again joined by my good friend Peter Heath. Peter: It is challenging to capture Bruce Cockburn and his work in a couple of […]

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part One

For those who don’t know Bruce Cockburn, he is a Canadian folk / folk-rock singer / songwriter / political activist, who between the years of 1970 and 2019 has released 36 albums.   There were a couple of things that first attracted me to him.  He was someone who said he was a follower of Jesus, […]