Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Setting the Record Straight on Mary Magdalene

The crucifixion of Christ and his resurrection celebrated on Easter has been called the greatest story ever told. So it’s appropriate Easter is the day when a group of women try … Continue reading

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The Wonderfully Beautiful World of Sesame Street

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the entire world could be like Sesame Street. The iconic children’s show, which also wised up generations of adults, has debuted a new character named … Continue reading

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From Common Tables to Common Ground

The search for common ground has become increasingly elusive. Maybe we aim for something simpler, such as a common table. Tables are where people meet, eat, drink and talk. There are … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Redeeming Water Bottles and Seeing the Final Four

A big event for me these days is going to the recycling center to redeem water bottles. You can imagine my reaction when our son-in-law informed Carole and me we had … Continue reading

April 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Searching for the Secret Passageway to Success

It may be a little late in life to search for the secret passageway of success, but I’m searching nonetheless. And I’m picking up some pretty fascinating, if improbable clues. … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Surreal Reflections on the Death Penalty

John Kitzhaber sat in his Capitol office surrounded by bulky, temporary telephone lines. It was early autumn, leaves were falling and days were growing shorter. But for the governor in … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

My Personal Letter to President Trump

Dear President Trump, To be totally upfront, I didn’t vote for you, I don’t agree with most of your policies and, truth be told, I don’t really like you. But … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 1 Comment