2007 - 2008
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"I thoroughly enjoyed the historical review of the middle ages'
hospitality. Thanks. You made reference to the Good Samaritan
story. We recently heard a lesson reviewing who we,
individually, might be: the injured man, the robbers, the rescuer.
. .but we forget that we may well serve as the innkeeper! We
tend to forget about him."
"Billie, thanks so much for your last two blogs. They both have
been excellent. I referred to a theme in your November blog at
a gathering of Associated Women of Pepperdine; we were on
the same track as far asking what are the things of ultimate
value in our lives. Thanks for sharing your gift of writing with
"Just had a quick look at your 'Hollywood' site. One question --
who is the artist responsible for the 'Film Strip,USA' at the
Culver City Center? A friend of mine's father worked security
for the studio lot in Culver City, in the 40's I think... She
probably has a good story to relate about the 'old Hollywood'
Natalie Kohl was the artist who did â€œFilm Strip, USA.â€� It
stands at the corner of Veteranâ€™s Auditorium at Culver and
"It was a good connection you made to past hard times -- I hope
many younger people read it. We are not alone in the difficulties
-- either in community (as Frank's grandmother showed) or in
time (since we can learn from and be inspired by past times).
"The 1930s was prepared by the growing inequality and
financial raiding of the future done in the 1920s. Same of the
last couple of decades preparing for the current round. This
suggests that living with more joy even in the non-hard times
might help at least some people ease back on their greed and
not act so destructively, and therefore not make the society as a
whole as vulnerable to a repeat of the hard times. As for the
military spending (someone, to Keynes' dislike, called the
military spending of the 1940s "military Keyesianism"
referencing Keynes' advocacy of wisely done civilian spending
as a countermeasure to economic doldrums), we are not free of
that albatross yet, and its spending continues to give jobs, but
not the jobs doing the work our society and the world's really
"Too many of my workplace crisis counseling jobs have to do
with big layoffs and even closures, and those reinforce my
doubts about runaway globalism."
"I just received your blog. Unfortunately, my computer is
'acting up'; it allows me to see the opening page, but it won't
open up on the links. . . . I will check your recent edition on
another computer. I am interested in the topic of the
"Also, last month I was especially interested in the story of the
schizophrenic street musician. I must buy that book!"
"Very good, Billie! The Great Depression was a defining
element in the lives of my parents. They referred to it constantly
during my childhood and viewed it as a profound character-
--Tom G. Bost
". . .what a lovely story about Frank's grandmother Mattox."
"Billie, this month's Web site is wonderful! I loved your article on
music from the church and your memories of that. Our son
Elliott is at the New Orleans Jazz Festival this week, and has
wangled VIP passes to be at luncheons and dinners with jazz
greats - what a fabulous experience for him! He had invited Ken
to go with him for the conference, which is officially business for
Elliott, but Ken is still conducting "Peter Pan" at a small local
theater (hence the tie with your granddaughter's birthday party)!
Keep up the great work!"
"Liked this month's website. Especially of course the jazz. . . ."
"I remember your ukelele,the church singing, your dad leading,
Vernon Harman and the rest of the men singing bass and you,
with your beautiful voice."
"Thanks for the response. We do appreciate it. No one but us
will notice, but we have FOUR grandchildren.
--Jackie and Arthur
"Thanks, Billie. This is lovely!"
"I enjoyed reading both of the websites--very informative. I
might use a quote some time from the Elder in Space."
[author of the new book The Great Omission.]
"Thank you for doing this Web site. I enjoy reading your
"One of your best! Beautiful and profound."
"Around 8 a.m (10/6) this morning I ventured into your website
for the first time. I was curious to see what your website would
"I liked the simplicity of the site. I felt a freedom whilst
exploring it because I knew that there were no hidden agendas
except that it be discovered and enjoyed. I particularly liked the
part entitled 'Good and bad.' Specifically this:
"'People in the 40s felt very strongly that some things were right and
others wrong, while at the same time seeming blind to other moral
issues. Such a realization should be humbling to us as Christians.
We should wonder just how many of our own moral judgments are
true and which might be a matter of prejudices and cultural
preconceptions. We should think deeply and honestly evaluate our
own beliefs and behavior. And we should have the humility to admit
our errors and make needed adjustments.'
"My thoughts on this: I agree with the above. We are always
growing, learning and growing some more. We never quite
have complete understanding in any areas, though we may feel
that we do at certain times in our lives. As such, humility is
always a useful quality to immerse myself in! I lead a
community of people, mainly Christians and have been doing so
for almost 10 years!
"Your statement hits close to home.
"You're doing a great job!"
"I haven't the time to go deeper into reading your October
presentation than to have looked at the headlines page. What a
"One headline comment: The founding of the United Nations
would have been good to include for 1945 along with the death
of FDR and the droping of the bombs. There was a lot of
idealism and energy put into that event and that institution, and
whatever people say and think about the noisy political side of
the institution, it serves very well in many of its less famous
"One example of the interest and enthusiasm many "regular
folks" had about that event was that the radio station manager
of a Los Angeles station convinced the corporate owners to
permit him to arrange to broadcast the founding conference
(June, 1945). Since the event took place in San Francisco, such
broadcasting was no simple feat in 1945. My father, who was
that manager, took me to San Francisco with him, but since I
was three years old at the time, all I recall is playing with a
"You didn't mention your father's experience in the war, did
you. I must have missed it?
"Very thoughtful piece on "Right and Wrong." Thank you for
"Ken Burns's recent PBS film 'The War' helped me to relive that
time. I was 3-7 years old during the war years and remember
patriotism, rationing, dimmed streetlights, an uncle in the navy,
a mother who worked in defense and earned good money, a
father who prospered in his police patrol business during and
after the war as So Calif grew and grew and grew.
"But seeing it all put together from the viewpoint of those who
actually fought and lived the horror of war, I was very very
moved--nearly to the point of nausea and upset--to think that it
could happen all over again because human beings still have a
need to see things in black and white, and we allow our
consciousness to be dominated by our fears.
"Is there a solution? A resolution? Only individually, as people
wake up one by one to our interdependence, our fragile earth,
our basic humanity and our oneness in the Spirit of God."
"My father was in World War II. Your website reflects a lot of
the history of some of this life.
"I really enjoy how you put the message along side of the
"Easy to read, yet memorable."
"Hi, Billie! I was struck by the family resemblance between you
and your youthful mother! (I don't believe I ever met her.) Pax
"I love the story and photos of little Billie!"
"I so enjoy your Newsletters!! What a fabulous life you had
growing up with such gifted Christian parents. Those gifts just
flowed right on down to you girls, I just know. David took me
to see Winged Migration. It was truly amazing. Thanks so much
for sending all your great knowledge my way! I know so many
of us are benfiting from your Talent.
"Especially loved your account of your relationship with your
dad. (My dad was a pilot, too.) And the references in scripture."
"Very interesting reading. I enjoyed it."
"Hey, Billie. I have a story, too. When my older children, who
are now 25 and 23, were each 3-6 months old, my husband
threw them in the pool, and guess what? They did not sink.
Maybe at four you were just too darn old (smile). When Chloe
was that same age, I would not let him throw her in. To this
day, Chloe can neither swim nor stand to get sand on her body.
Does it have anything to do with that, or is it mere coincidence?
I am from Pennsylvania, so I literally did not see the beach until
I moved to Los Angeles in 1976."
"I love your site! I'm not one for reading a lot, but your site
grabs me and has me reading 'til it's done. Then I want more.
Great job. I will pass the site along to my friends and you can
inspire them, too."
"I really enjoyed the August website. Thank you for sharing."
"Billie, this is very good! Thanks for including me in your
"Billie--You do a masterful job putting together an interesting
presentation every month! No matter what topic you choose to
highlight, I enjoy reading and pondering the thoughts and ideas
We have beautiful trees here in Oregon. I love the mystery of a
grove of trees. What lies beyond those trees? What animals
find rest within that grove of trees? And in our fast-developing
area, I am always saddened when I see a wide-open area that
was previously tree-covered. We have found that we need a
balance between the shade of the trees and the warmth of the
sunshine--the two balance each other and thus provide a
comfortable environment for us. And, so it is with God--we
enjoy the shelter we find in Him and also bask in the sunshine of
Keep up the good work--and keep sharing glimpses of your
beautiful little granddaughter with us!"
--Carolyn Green Tucker
"Billie, your granddaughter is so precious! Keep up your web
site. I love it!"
"Excellent work on the industrial revolution. It is interesting to
see corporations today almost competing to sponsor events and
charities in the name of public consciousness. Although I am
grateful for every penny that finds its way to good use for the
poor, hungry, and/or oppressed, I believe the corporate effort to
be far too little, far too late, and far too adrift from sound
"I just had a moment to glance at your website for April. JMW
Turner is one of my favorite artists."
"Here are a few of my favorite artists & paintings. I
recommend your own fun research googling these names
Ilya Repin (1844-1930), Russian Naturalist. Have you ever
seen 'The Boatmen of the Volga' or 'A Religious Procession in
Kursk Province'? Very powerful social commentary.
Henry Oswa Tanner, late 19th century American painter
(African-American) is my favorite painter of biblical subjects
(and Rembrandt is great on this too).
Isaak Levitan (1860-1900), Russian Impressionist. Great
outdoor painter of light. Look for 'Birch Woods' (I think that is
the title) or most any of his works.
Edwin Austin Abbey (American painter, turn of the century),
greatest painter of Shakespeare themes ever, by far!
Tim Solliday, my brother. If you google his name and surf
around, he may become your favorite painter too! Did you
know that Oprah Winfrey purchased about six of my brother's
Thanks again for sharing your websites and your thoughts."
"I thought you would want to know Joe Friday's wife passed
"Another interesting website! One thing to note, however, is
that polar bear shot in the Gore movie is an animation, intended
to show what might happen if temperatures continue to rise."
"I like the website. I think you've got a good thing going there.
"I just wanted to make one comment about the interview that
concerned me. I did not attend Pepperdine--for whoever's sake
who needs the truth. As I wrote to you--(sorry for my long-
windedness; I'm sure it threw you off) I moved to LA with my
mom when she made a career change and got a job at PU.
"Anyway, thanks again for featuring me. I am honored and
pleased that we have such common interests."
"Thank you for highlighting Mary Archer and all of her
somewhat hidden (at least to me) talents and impressive
accomplishments. It is a great source of encouragement to the
church to hear about another member's gifts and works and
service in this world because of her love of God. As usual, your
great writing skills were displayed as well.
Keep up the good work."
"Very good! I really enjoyed the interview with Mary Archer.
"I haven't been able to stop reading your newsletter. But I've
spent 1-1/2 hours, and now I am stopping. As you know I never
had children. But really I have had 5 children -- of the four
legged kind: 4 cats and 1
dog. I love all my children. I actually think at all animals now
instead of talking. They get it."
"I love cats and your website is wonderful. Thank you for
keeping me abreast!"
"Great site, but I could have sworn that was me with Malowe
when he tried to attack Gigi."
"Well, obviously I'm a cat person . . . . . it got my attention this
month . . . 18 years, wow . . . that's a long living cat you had
there . . . do you have a new cat now?"