This time I am ethically bound by the Book of Discipline, especially in light of recent controversies in British Methodism, to call John to task for his blatant addiction to gambling and tobacco smoking.
It is true that people will rarely see John engaging in these activities. Most addicts are good at hiding things. But the “Truth will Out”! In a slip of the Freudian kind, John’s subconscious cries for help and betrays his conscious mind as JTM has placed this picture in the header block of his blog, Locusts and Honey.
This painting, entitled A Friend in Need, by Cassius Coolidge,
depicts anthropomorphically altered dogs engaging in gambling activity (probably John’s favorite game, Faro), drinking, and smoking pipes and cigars.
A picture paints a thousand words, John. Remember that we love you and care about you. We can help you fight this.