Memory Bears Launch

Honor the Memory of Your Loved One

Memory Bears are a special way to keep the legacy of your loved ones alive and part of your life and family.  My wife Margaret is a special woman.  She is an extremely talented seamstress with a dedicated sewing room and top-line equipment.  She can take a piece of clothing from your loved one and turn it into a custom-made stuffed bear and personalize it further with embroidered names and dates or anything else that would make your bear meaningful.

Margaret began to do this for her own family and loved ones and over time, it has developed into a home business.  There are other Memory Bears available online, but I honestly don’t believe there are any better than what my wife Margaret makes.  She is meticulous and pays attention to detail.  She is conscientious and knows the importance that a keepsake like this holds for families and loved ones.  She puts the love and attention into construction that you would if you had the time and skill to do this yourself. [Continue reading]

Religion and Life

Allowed for Reuse.

Allowed for Reuse.

“Religion” often tries to capture momentary things to freeze them, preserve them and explain them in absolute terms.

In an effort to describe “life,” life is pinned to a display board where it dies and is preserved.  Like a butterfly on display, you can see the beauty, examine the characteristics of it, but it’s missing something: Life.

Life doesn’t always lend itself to freezing things and examining things in this manner.

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What is Spiritual Abuse?

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Spiritual abuse is when someone in a position of spiritual authority, the purpose of which is to come underneath and alongside others and serve, build, equip and make God’s people MORE free, misuses that authority and places themselves over God’s … [Continue reading]

The End of Overeating by David Kessler, Review

David Kessler knows what he is talking about. His credentials are very strong. In addition to a stellar academic background he has run a teaching hospital and served as a commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration. He's not simply writing a … [Continue reading]

Major Depressive Disorder

Bean Pole Days

Getting Healthy Part 4 In the 3 previous articles I've posted sharing from my personal health experiences and challenges, I've provided a general introduction and then looked at Thyroid Cancer and Atrial Fibrillation.  This section deals with … [Continue reading]

The Lost Practice of Church Discipline, Part 2

I wrote an article on Church Discipline from the context of the Organic Church, (there's a paradox!) in December of 2013 for House2House Magazine.  The original article is here. Following that article were some good comments and conversation and so … [Continue reading]

Pablo Giacopelli

Pablo Giacopelli

Allow me to Introduce My Friend, Pablo Giacopelli I met Pablo Giacopelli in person about 2 years ago when he spoke in Mechanicsburg, PA at West Shore Evangelical Free Church.  I had "met" Pablo before that through the opportunity to read and review … [Continue reading]

Hippocrates Health Institute


I've been sharing a lot lately on social media and in previous blog articles about the lifestyle changes I've made in my diet and exercise.  I've lost 46 pounds since May 5 and reduced my previously high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  A … [Continue reading]

Top 3 Posts on Bart’s Barometer

Bart's Barometer has been in existence for a few years now.  It started as just a place to archive articles and posts from social media but this past month I've decided to become more serious and consistent in my blogging. The past two weeks I've … [Continue reading]

Is the Myers Briggs Test Obsolete?

Myers Briggs and BuzzFeed Quizzes the Same? I enjoyed reading an article this morning by Joseph Stromberg at Vox written a few days ago. Error: Embedded data could not be displayed. There's a lot of truth in this article.  For those familiar with … [Continue reading]

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