So strange that even Bible friends look on with skepticism, and perhaps they have a right.

My movement through churches over the last 9 years might give anyone pause to wonder about “Chuck’s zeal for Jesus Christ,” but just remember I was well on my way to this very stance with Jesus Christ when I left First United Methodist where I had been a member for 5 years, and I left there because of a tiff over my first book, then a year at Lutheran ELCA, then 4 years with Unitarian where I maintained the entire time I was a Christian, open minded?, I wonder looking back. Well now going back to my Methodist membership, the only truly Bible church in my past, and Christmas when my dad and I took communion at my local Methodist Church. By that time I had renewed my membership in the United Methodist Church, begun attending weekly services, sometimes 3 times a week, and truly working the 12 steps of the AA program with the Methodist minister. He took me seriously when I confessed I was a believer in Jesus Christ and his Gospel message, a position I had taken throughout even my attendance and membership at the Unitarian Universalist church where there were a few Christians, and finally returning to a United Methodist Church with a man I could trust, pastor Jan Gross. Remember Jan is a man and I responded well to his message at HUMC, about my age, a man I can have coffee with, a congregation of about 200 people, and many people right out of the Hartford community. My commitment has meant that I continue with Zen sitting meditation, and augmenting my Buddhist knowledge with belief in Bible, or the other way around, or both. Now I am at the time of not needing to justify my beliefs, for, after all, they are my beliefs, and I AM NOT HURTING A SOUL, in fact helping many, and HELPING me, in everway. Marge has a kind of wait and see attitude, watching the household purse strings, and all contributions come directly out of my weekly allowance. I have disposable money out of my social security, while most go directly to help with house expenses as always has been the case, so I follow through with what I have believed for about 10 years, in combination with almost 31 years of AA.

Love, in Jesus Christ, recognition of Buddhism as a middle way. Bless you all in the name of our Lord, Chuck Taylor, Charles Elgwyn Taylor

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I was a University and community college instructor before retiring. I also worked in fast food restaurants, and retail stores. I am an ordinary man writing for because I want to write and because my education prepared me to write; BA English lit, MA English, EdS higher education, and MFA creative writing, free verse poetry and essays. Blogs are an answer to high-priced self-publishing. Walt Whitman had to self-publish his first 1000 copies of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass because in 1855 poetry did not sell. Most poets make a living in other ways than writing. Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive, and TS Eliot was a banker. Many writers teach, and always there have been writers who have written because they needed to express their thoughts and feelings. They wrote not necessarily to make money but to express "the old universal truths of the human heart" according to Faulkner. Here I reach a wider audience I missed than by self-publishing, and I stand a better chance to reach a wider audience for less expense than self-publishing. I self-published my first books, Winter from Spring, and Meditations on Gratitude; poetry and photo books which were easier to self-publish than to seek a not to seek a publisher company. This blog allows me to write for an interested audience because I write poetry and personal essays. I write for a friendly audience and present to you a slice of my writing. Perhaps you will enjoy what you read.

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