Lately, I’ve Been, I’ve Been Losin’ Sleep

Oct 13, 2017

In the halcyon days of my youth, I was able to sleep.  A lot.  Now, I’m not saying I slept all the time.  Only that I seldom had trouble falling asleep and never wanted to rise at the…
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Nothing Really Matters

Oct 06, 2017

Gang members are some of the best I know in accepting personal responsibility.  Allow me to qualify this statement by saying not in every way, and I’m referring, mostly, to recovering bangers. …
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You and Me Against the World

Sep 29, 2017

Having oft heard certain speaking with perceived erudition and thoughtful pauses that we are truly fortunate to find one or two real friends in life, I still think that’s being a little too hard on people. …
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Doctor, My Eyes

Sep 21, 2017

I lost it gradually.  So gradually, in fact, I scarcely noticed the demise.  That is until one day it was markedly diminished.  My eyesight, that is.  Having read Kipling’s, The Light…
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A Fool Such As I

Sep 15, 2017

It takes a little while for life to sink in.  By that, I mean we don’t get the meaning right off.  The meanings of things, that is.  When we do, it is often too late to do anything about…
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You Had One Job!

Sep 07, 2017

Gomer looked down dejectedly as the Barn castigated him for failing in yet another seeming simple task.  He had one job, yet failed at that singular thing.  I know the feeling.  One thing…
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When the Night Closes In

Sep 01, 2017

If you are sick, you’re sicker at night.  This well-known and much-experienced truth is emblematic of the fact that everything is worse at night.  If you are worried, you dread the night. …
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I Don’t Care Too Much for Money

Aug 24, 2017

I made a vow to God (and the moon and stars) that I would not make money my aim in life.  Being determined to make the work of the ministry my goal and not look at the paycheck, I dove into the ministry. …
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There’s Been a Load of Compromisin’

Aug 17, 2017

Growing up, in my mind, the idea of compromise had a negative connotation.  To be seen as a compromiser meant that you weren’t true to yourself or your beliefs.  It carried the idea of instability. …
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If

Aug 10, 2017

The Spartans pioneered the laconic phrase.  Lakonia was the general region around Sparta in southern Greece.  As Philip II of Macedon was conquering Greek city-states left and right, Sparta was…
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The Man With No Name

Aug 03, 2017

Prominent in the “Spaghetti Westerns” (so called because they were filmed in Italy rather than their purported locations) was the protagonist who no one seemed to know anything about.  Being a…
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I Bet You’re Wonderin’ How I Knew

Jul 27, 2017

How do things get out?  We’re always asking ourselves that question, and we always already know.  Secrecy is a burden few are willing to bear.  At the same time, it can be nearly impossible…
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All Hat

Jul 20, 2017

Texans who own no land have cattle.  Strange as this may sound, for many, it is a part of the culture of the area and indispensable in their minds.  Maybe it’s a link to the old west, but some…
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Look Up

Jul 13, 2017

I once heard that a difference between humans and the animal kingdom (referencing land-dwellers) is that animals spend most of their time looking around and down while humans more often look up. …
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Mill Run

Jul 06, 2017

There are advantages and disadvantages to small town living.  Having lived in large and small locales, I’ve seen some of them up close and exhausted none of them.  In addition, there are perspectives…
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Me and Thee

Jun 29, 2017

I would venture that the majority of conflict I’ve seen has been over not much.  A friend of mine spent over twenty years in prison for murder.  One day, in talking about the incident, I asked…
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Behind Closed Doors

Jun 22, 2017

In April 1973, Charlie Rich momentarily scandalized the music world with the release of “Behind Closed Doors.”  The song was briefly banned from radio play by some stations though it went on to…
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Tomorrow, I’ll Miss You

Jun 16, 2017

A cohort of Popeye’s would say he’d gladly pay tomorrow for a hamburger today.  I suppose it’s a very human thing to seek gratification without delay and a payment plan though such should be…
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One of Us

Jun 09, 2017

If God had a face, what would it look like and would you want to see it if seeing it meant that you would have to believe in Jesus and the saints and all the prophets?  Such is the speculation in…
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It’s Your Thang

Jun 02, 2017

A free society places emphasis on the rights of individuals.  This is much to be preferred over social constructs which tolerate no divergence of thought or action.  However, for a free society…
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The Last Song

May 26, 2017

Hindsight is always clear.  The things behind us are certainties while the future offers figments and the present doings of undetermined import.  We are always counting firsts but seldom remember…
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I Done a Lot of Foolish Things

May 18, 2017

I’m thankful there are a few things of which I can be proud for there are many which I would disclaim if I could.  Those foolish things I really didn’t mean.  I’d take them back if I could,…
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Momma Told Me Not to Come

May 12, 2017

In various areas, and to varying degrees, women have been the guardians of morality in our society and world over.  There may be many reasons for this with certain being related to genetics. …
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The Lonely Street of Dreams

May 04, 2017

You know, I’ve always been a dreamer.  I like to think of things the way they could be rather than the way they are.  In saying this, I’m not disrespecting the status quo though I’m not…
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Store Brand

Apr 28, 2017

A grocery will have several varieties of much of its stock.  While this is not true of each sundry, it is a common thing.  In fact, the same might be said of other businesses to the same or lesser…
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In a Perfect World

Apr 22, 2017

Once, there was a perfect world, but it did not endure.  It’s hard to imagine exactly what the unblemished would be as we are far from that ideal.  Still, we envision our hopes when thinking…
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The Backstabbers

Apr 15, 2017

They smile in your face.  All the time they want to take your place.  The backstabbers.  Backstabbers.  Those whose fair presentation masks foul intent.  People who engage in covert…
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More Than Words

Apr 06, 2017

Great stress should be laid on things we say.  Words are powerful and precious.  Powerful in that they encourage or entomb intentions, and precious in that they enrich and endear individuals. …
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Can Faith Save Me?

Mar 30, 2017

Christians confuse me.  Well, people who say they are Christians confuse me.  The reason is that what I see of them (sometimes) does not seem to fit the picture painted in Scripture of what a…
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Do You Know What I Mean?

Mar 23, 2017

It’s hard to solve a problem without knowing what the problem is.  And the nature of an issue is, sometimes, in the eye of the beholder.  Couple these with there being more than one way to…
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I Won’t Back Down

Mar 17, 2017

Rock-ribbed stances for right are in short supply.  So is wise compromise.  These seeming contradictions are not actually so, and both play parts in the lives of effective people.  See,…
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I Can’t Stop This Feelin’

Mar 09, 2017

The counselor’s refrain, “How does that make you feel?” serves its purpose in particular settings but should not be used as a mantra for all of life.  Yet, many people insist on living as if…
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Isn’t She Lovely?

Mar 03, 2017

Many people will say they have high regard for faith and spirituality but lesser use for the church.  Such statements, if not made with an air of superiority, are made in full confidence of propriety. …
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I’m Not Big on Social Graces

Feb 24, 2017

Like everyone else, I like to be liked.  Frequently, people will say (especially men), “I don’t care if people like me as long as they respect me.”  As a matter of fact, that’s a major…
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You Don’t Know Me

Feb 17, 2017

When I was at Welch College, the President (who always spoke in chapel) would often reflect on his own marriage in his homilies.  I remember him saying that, when he got married, he didn’t really…
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Welcome to the Jungle, Part 5

Feb 10, 2017

Christ’s followers will spend their lifetimes attempting to overcome the curse.  It is appropriate that we do so for in such strivings we are confronting the effects of sin.  Our efforts are…
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Welcome to the Jungle, Part 4

Feb 03, 2017

It is well-established that the physical world is fallen and not as created.  Weeds grow.  Animals are aggressive.  The weather is inhospitable.  Work is toilsome though it bring certain…
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Welcome to the Jungle, Part 3

Jan 26, 2017

In dealing with the natural world, we attempt to tame and care for it within our abilities.  The many beautiful and beneficial aspects of the earth we affirm and preserve.  If we need change…
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Welcome to the Jungle, Part 2

Jan 20, 2017

Mankind’s fall from grace has affected every aspect of existence.  It is somewhat easy to understand the physical aspects of the fall, but these are not the only considerations.  Physical reality…
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Welcome to the Jungle, Part 1

Jan 13, 2017

A story is told of Cain and Abel racing through desert sands to their father, Adam, and breathlessly describing a beautiful place discovered in their ramblings.  They wanted to know if their family…
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Meeting on Edges

Jan 06, 2017

The people I know are composites.  They are mixtures of cold and hard positions, as well as, the downright warm and fuzzy.  The way we view others depends on our interactions with them. …
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You’re Only a Day Away

Dec 27, 2016

In one sense, it is hard to live in the present because every act or thought immediately becomes the past.  Now is an immeasurably small unit of time.  To discuss it on these terms is nonsensical…
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Do You Know What I Know?

Dec 22, 2016

Each generation comes into knowledge they believe to be undiscovered save by them alone.  At some point, there is the realization that these truths were not unknown at all, only unfamiliar. …
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I’m Younger Than That Now

Dec 16, 2016

Benjamin Disraeli characterized life from youth to middle to old age as a mistake, a struggle and a regret.  While this may seem to be a dismal view of God’s gift, it is true that young people make…
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I Won’t Back Down

Dec 09, 2016

I’ve lived a lifetime defending turf.  And, believe me, there is turf to be defended.  The stances of churches with which I was familiar and the general leanings of much of society in my youth…
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Brief, Shining Moments

Dec 01, 2016

The exquisite moment is not the norm.  Now, we would like to think that times of inspiration and ecstasy would be more regular than they are, but, the truth is, they are fairly scarce.  Most…
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Walk-Ons

Nov 26, 2016

I’m not quite the sports fan I was, but I still maintain a healthy interest in the goings on of gridiron, court and field.  I suppose one reason my interest has waned is the continuous news cycle…
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Born to Run

Nov 18, 2016

Ages ago, a friend used an expression unknown to me that registered and has become one of my personal bylines.  As we were discussing a long-forgotten issue, he said, “You can’t make a racehorse…
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In the Living Years

Nov 11, 2016

Time is all we have.  The reason time is cash is that we exchange our moments for money.  Although we cannot number our days with surety, we are all equal with certain regard to time.  By…
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Don’t Do Me Like That

Nov 04, 2016

Apart from living by universal ethical principles, the highest functioning level in our world is found in living according to a social contract.  This agreement is summed in the principle of the Golden…
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Tell It Like It Is

Oct 28, 2016

Clerow Wilson, Jr. took America by storm in 1971.  Over the next four years, he won a Golden Globe and two Emmy Awards for his comedic improvisations.  Wilson rose from meager beginnings and…
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Make It Easy on Yourself

Oct 21, 2016

Animals expend as little energy as possible.  There are several reasons for this, but one is that they live to exist.  We are always personifying animals beyond their capabilities.  I’m…
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Naked and Afraid

Oct 14, 2016

If you’re watching television these days, it seems everyone is either unclothed or undead.  Either, one is surviving/courting al fresco, involved in a zombie apocalypse or dating a vampire/werewolf…
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That’s the Way I Like It

Oct 07, 2016

On my computer, there are a few operations designated “preferences.”  In other words, I can use them to set my machine up in the manner I prefer with regard to certain functions.  I like…
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Off-Setting Penalties

Sep 30, 2016

Up to several times per game, football fans will high five at penalties called against the opposing team only to find them declared void as their own squad had also committed infractions on the same play. …
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The Hard Way Every Time

Sep 22, 2016

It would be nice to be expeditious in all our ways.  Truth be told, however, we often take the circuitous route.  Many things take longer, require more effort and cost more than thought. …
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You Can’t Handle the Truth

Sep 16, 2016

When asked how history would remember him, Winston Churchill replied, “History will remember me kindly for I shall write it.”  Truth of the matter is, the past is seen and related through the…
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The Family of Man

Sep 09, 2016

There are varying views of the human fraternity.  The foundation and system of thought held by each individual determines their take.  Some emphasize commonality of existence, while others lean…
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The Look

Sep 02, 2016

A little over a year ago, I helped move my mother-in-law from her residence to an assisted living facility.  Part of the process involved a yard sale of non-essential items.  You know the kind…
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Here I Go Again, On My Own

Aug 26, 2016

I’m going down a road I’ve never known.  That is true for all of us in a real way, but I didn’t used to reflect on it much.  The truth is, most of my life is behind me.  If I could…
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When We Get to Heaven

Aug 18, 2016

Paul said that human eyes, ears and minds had not laid hold on the wonders of heaven.  Not that they haven’t tried.  And the vagaries of eternal bliss are as individual as, well, each individual. …
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Danger is My Business

Aug 12, 2016

While not the majority, risk-takers comprise a much-discussed segment of the population.  It is little wonder since they attract attention.  There are two sides to the lion-hearted leaning which,…
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That Was Yesterday

Aug 05, 2016

There’s nothing a person can’t do tomorrow.  It’s the greatest invention ever.  No footprints mar the virgin snow; vistas are crisp and clear.  Looking ahead, we can see exactly how…
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Where Do I Put Your Memory?

Jul 29, 2016

Reminiscences are more valuable to me today than ever.  Perhaps, it’s because I’ve more time behind me than before, but I’m thinking more about the past, anyway.  Occasionally, I make concerted…
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If You Want Me to Stay

Jul 22, 2016

Relationships are as many-sided as the ones involved in the bonds.  A fellow once said, “Marriage can be like a tick on a dog, but some marriages are two ticks and no dog.”  Now, marriage…
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Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Jul 15, 2016

As a fan of contests and contestants, I have observed the physical nature of combat on the playing field in many guises.  There are some events requiring direct (and sometimes vicious) bodily contact…
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You May Think I’m Crazy

Jul 08, 2016

I was runnin’ against the wind.  This, despite the plain fact that I’m a conformist at heart.  When I say conformist, I simply mean that I’m a rule-keeper- a law and order kind of guy. …
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Trust Not a Friend

Jun 30, 2016

Make no mistake.  Friends are the ones who stand by you.  The adage, “Friends in need are friends, indeed,” has proven itself true time and again.  As one familiar with the ditch on…
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Yes, I Said It

Jun 24, 2016

One wrote, “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day.”  Words to give those who deliver such addresses pause.  All of the clergy klatch have felt the sting of conviction by their own…
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No Accounting for Tastes

Jun 17, 2016

As one who believes in concrete truth, I apply boundaries to life.  I do not accept the premise that man is the measure of all things or even most things.  Inviolable verity exists outside the…
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What I Like About You

Jun 09, 2016

Our world begs for criticism.  So do the folks.  There is much wrong in practically everything.  You missed a spot.  This observation proves true on all fronts.  The scientific…
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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Jun 03, 2016

I grew up under the type of preaching that encouraged resolution and discouraged compromise.  One preacher was famous for saying that he cut the word “compromise” out of every dictionary he owned. …
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Risky Business

May 27, 2016

Law plays an important role in any society.  This is a practical, historical and biblical truth.  That is not to say that all laws are just, only that a legal standard has its function. …
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I Love Ya, Tomorrow

May 20, 2016

I am entranced by the future.  Now, I’m not positioning myself as a great visionary, but I do love to dream and imagine what could and might be.  To be honest, such thoughts bring consternation,…
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A Different Drum

May 13, 2016

It’s funny to me, funny interesting, how everybody looks different.  The variety in humanity fascinates me.  And there is no one definition of beauty.  Though appearances vary wildly,…
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My Elusive Dream

May 06, 2016

You will observe varying souls as the races of men go by.  Some are content, some are restless, but each pursues a purpose after their manner.  Certain achieve and actualize their desires while…
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Choosing Consequences

Apr 29, 2016

It is said that we can choose our behaviors but not our consequences.  On many if not most fronts this is true.  In a real way, the only thing we can control is our behavior.  Try as we…
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Respect the Hustle

Apr 22, 2016

It is true that potential is not production.  As a minor sports fan, I have seen athletes lauded, selected and compensated on the basis of what they might do.  Sometimes, the projections work…
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To Each According to His Need

Apr 15, 2016

TO EACH ACCORDING TO HIS NEED This week, I witnessed a minor auto accident.  I was in the parking lot of the probation and parole offices in the town where I live when a medium-sized car hit the bumper…
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Light and Darkness

Apr 08, 2016

Much has been written and taught regarding the current state of our nation and world with respect to God-consciousness and true faith.  To be sure, we live in a confusing time, and there is pretty…
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I Wonder If I Ever Cross Your Mind

Apr 01, 2016

I’m a stiff-upper-lip kinda guy.  Now, I don’t think I’m better than the quivering-lip set.  Most of those things, truthfully, come down to the personality.  It’s just that my manner…
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Blind Ambition

Mar 25, 2016

While it is not my purpose to debunk commonly held beliefs, I have read and heard that there is really no such thing as multi-tasking.  Though I realize this statement will invoke the ire of women…
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I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair

Mar 18, 2016

I’ve still got neon in my veins.  When I look in the mirror, I can tell that I have changed, but it is more apparent to me when I look at old photos.  There can be no doubt that the outer man…
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It’s Not for Me to Say

Mar 11, 2016

While in election cycles, it is reasonable for the citizenry to ask candidates of their specific positions and plans should they be elected.  It is not reasonable for the contestants then to cloak…
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I Fought the Law

Mar 04, 2016

Three constraints govern our lives.  We live in a world incessantly seeking absolute freedom from limitations, but limitations remain and will always be part of our existence.  In fact, there…
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Some People Claim That There’s a Woman to Blame

Feb 26, 2016

Pendulum swing like a pendulum do.  It takes a few years for things to cycle through and come around again, but each of the decrepit set realizes that society is constantly in flux and its shifts…
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There’s a New Kid in Town

Feb 19, 2016

There was a new boy in my fourth grade class.  By that, I don’t mean that each grade progressed with the same students rather that he was new to my elementary school having moved into the area prior…
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Come Taste the Grace

Feb 12, 2016

Have you seen grace?  It’s getting harder and harder to spot these days.  Our world is bent on merit which serves as an important piece of a free and prosperous society but can have its limitations. …
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You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

Feb 05, 2016

I took what I could get.  That’s what most of us do in life.  My observation is that what many people claim to be their planned courses are just as much the results of happy circumstances. …
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Bother Me Tomorrow

Jan 29, 2016

Jesus said that each day carried sufficient trouble of itself.  Those of us who have lived a few days know this to be true experientially.  Life is like that.  We find the words of our Lord…
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Find a Place to Make Your Stand

Jan 21, 2016

Several years ago, I was reading a political account written by a well-known member of a relatively recent presidential administration.  In the book, the author recounts an exchange between himself…
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We Did What We Had to Do

Jan 14, 2016

Look, my eyes are dry.  Truthfully, they are dry most of the time but not because I have that chronic dry eye thing.  It’s because I just don’t cry a lot.  Many times, I have felt like…
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They Paved Paradise

Jan 08, 2016

In the wake of the Industrial Revolution, certain artists commonly used pastoral themes in their works in efforts to recall the simple life and make statements noting, if not bemoaning, the loss of the…
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The Best Thing in My Life I Ever Did Do

Dec 30, 2015

If a highlight reel of my life were to be shown on television, I’m sure that many (read most) would change the channel.  Not much of any great concern to anyone in particular, and none of the business…
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O, Holy Night

Dec 24, 2015

Christmas in America (if not world over) is today something it should never have become.  As with many unintended consequences, small changes here and there morphed the season of sanctified remembrance…
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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Dec 18, 2015

Much of what we understand about life is related to our personality types.  In addition, these predispositions tend to remain stable over time.  It’s not that we don’t learn and grow, but…
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Reason to Believe

Dec 11, 2015

People search for hope.  The desire to be confident in and of something runs so deep that we can see hope where none actually exists.  Perhaps it is that we create our own desired realities,…
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Yesterday Once More

Dec 04, 2015

Some people live with the earnest hope that tomorrow will be yesterday.  There is ever a longing in the heart to recapture former times, and the desire may generate from varied sources.  Many…
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Going to the Mattresses

Nov 28, 2015

It is reported that when Neville Chamberlain met Adolf Hitler, the Fuhrer asked him, “Did you fight in the great war?”  Chamberlain replied, “No, but I served my country.”  Hitler remarked,…
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The Help

Nov 19, 2015

I am baffled by spiritual gifts tests.  While I’ve always considered myself of average intelligence, I just don’t get ‘em.  Maybe that’s my bad.  Surely I should be more insightful…
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