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Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth   And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings…   Those are the opening lines to the poem “High Flight” penned by … more
Back in the olden-days, when I was a young Bible College student, I worked at a street ministry in Springfield, Missouri. The Springfield Victory Mission was a humble little storefront gospel … more
Years ago, following World War II, a short poem was found carved on a cellar wall in Cologne, Germany. The cellar was a place where many Jews had hidden during the holocaust. The words of this … more
“Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention”, penned Paul Anka in the song “My Way” made famous by the legendary singer Frank Sinatra.   Well, I … more
No, I don’t remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001.    But that doesn’t stop me from trying to understand and “remember” through other peoples’ … more
The Navajo People called her “The One Who Understands.” The reason they called her that? Well, Faye Edgerton, this single white Christian woman, spent nearly 50 years living among … more
Don’t ever promote a first-time event as the first annual.   Never. Never. Never.   Call It a first-time-ever event. Call it an inaugural event. But you can’t call it an … more
Years back, I answered a phone call from a fellow minister who said, “Well Brother Dezotell, how is it with your soul?” He didn’t greet me with the usual “Hello” or … more
I am not a positive person by nature. I know it is a bad character flaw.   God has allowed a lot of wonderful things to happen to me. But no matter how great things are I am always waiting … more
I met Anthony in the Desire Housing Projects in New Orleans shortly after his 17th birthday. In so many ways, Anthony seemed so much younger than those 17 years, and in other ways he seemed old … more
Most of us while waiting and waiting and waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store, drug store or large discount store have taken a look at the headlines on the front of the National Enquirer … more
If you are reading this column…thank a teacher. I am sitting here at my computer typing away at my keyboard…thanks to a teacher. I remember the old drill when I started my typing … more
Summer is technically over. Sure, it will be September before fall officially is declared as a season. Temperatures in the last half of August can easily reach 90-plus degrees.   But … more
To run with a party or not run with a party? The outcomes of this last county commission election were interesting. A handful of Republican victors will now be occupying the seats of Independents. … more
Speeding causes accidents. There was an interstate lighted sign saying something like that a few weeks ago.   That’s like saying water is wet or a stove is hot. It’s pretty … more
One thing I do as a pastor is attend a lot of funerals. Sometimes I officiate at the services, and other times I am there as one of the mourners. I remember years back attending the funeral of a … more
Sitting by the lake in the Northwoods of Western Minnesota is one of my ‘Happy Places.’ I love the breezes blowing through the trees and over the water…watching the fish … more
It is hard to believe it was a little more than four years ago I was named executive director of United Way of Bedford County.   It was a good job, and it came along at the right time for me. … more
I was intrigued by a statement Mayor Chad Graham made recently about the property tax increase and pay scale readjustment. “So, when we look at this number and it seems like a great … more
Lynn and I are going to take a vacation together, just the two of us… no children, just Lynn and Doug. We are flying up to North Country, to the land that produces people like me. I am a … more
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