I noticed that it is some 6 months since I last contributed a thought to these pages. One good reason is that I am the only one who reads them. The other, not so good reason, is sheer laziness. Regardless of who else reads this stuff, writing it out is a good exercise for my brain. My personal task remains the same: How to apply my faith to the issues of the day? And its corollary, how the issues of the day affect my faith.So let me see what I can do in 2013.