Wingspread E-zine for March, 2020

“Spreading your wings in a perplexing world”

March, 2020                                                   James Hurd    


  • New story: Sally Shows Up at TBI
  • Writer’s Corner
  • Puzzler
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
  • Wingspread Ezine subscription information


New story: Sally Shows Up at TBI

(excerpted from my forthcoming novel, East Into Atheism)

Shawn returned to Torrey Bible Institute that fall. Running late for class as usual, his shoes scratched the rough tile floors as he sucked in the steam from the hall radiators. Swinging by the P.O.’s on the slim chance of a letter, he twirled the combination on his box, leaned down, peered into the empty box then turned to walk away disappointed. He remembered the bright vision of Sally on the beach at the luau two summers ago but he hadn’t seen her when he’d been home this past summer.

When he glanced up across the large room, contradicting everything he knew and believed, he saw a vision. As he blinked trying to clear his head he wondered, was it wish-fulfillment or was it really her?

“Sally! Is it you?” He ran to her. Why was she here? ….

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 Writers’ Corner

Word of the Month:  Social distancing—-The practice of separating from other people during a time of contagion, such as COVID-19 virus.

Book of the month: John Grisham, The Brethren. 2000. A story about the gentle art of extortion. Grisham weaves a tale at once fantastic and believable, as if he were a criminologist.

Movie of the month: Midway. The powerful story, retold, of the decisive 1942 naval battle in the Pacific between the U.S. and Japan, six months after Japan’s Pearl Harbor attack.

  Watch for my upcoming novel: A young Californian travels east to train for mission aviation at Torrey Bible Institute, Chicago. One problem—he’s losing his faith, and after reaching campus, declares himself an atheist. (Presently in editing and revision.)



New puzzler: How do you diagnose a dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac? (Answer next month)

 Last month’s puzzler: A skeptic points out that in I King 7:23, Solomon’s brass basin is described as 10 cubits in diameter and 30 cubits around. The skeptic argues that this proves the Bible contains an error, since, mathematically, circumference equals pi times diameter. Therefore, a 10-cubit diameter demands a 31.4-cubit circumference. How might the biblical literalist explain this apparent biblical error?

Answer: The diameter might refer to the outside of the lip, and the circumference might refer to the inside of the lip. (I’m not making this up. I actually read this explanation somewhere.)


Buy James Hurd’s Wingspread: A Memoir of Faith and Flying.

How childhood (Fundamentalist) faith led to mission bush-piloting in South America—and Barbara. Buy it here:  (or order it at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc.)

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Just For Fun

Things to think about:

  1. What if my dog brings back the ball because he thinks I like throwing it?
  2. If poison is past its expiry date, is it more poisonous, or not poisonous at all?
  3. What letter is silent in the word “scent,” the S or the “letter C?
  4. Why is the letter “w” in English called double u? Shouldn’t it be called double v?
  5. Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you, and it takes 75-100 years to work.
  6. Do twins ever realize that one of them was unplanned?
  7. Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.
  8. The word “swims” upside down is still “swims.”


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