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They were two of my favorites in journalism for entirely different reasons. Both passed away in the past week. Both deaths were the result of lengthy illnesses.   Sports editor Joe … more
The eggs…I was wanting eggs, and I was ready to grab them out of the cooler at Walmart when I said hello to the lady standing next to me. The Cross…I was wearing a black t-shirt with … more
I had a trick played on me Monday night.   I bought two large bags of candy and a smaller one and prepared for an invasion of trick-or-treaters for Halloween.   I had on my Halloween … more
I would not describe myself as a climate activist. But I would describe myself as a conservationist. That is, I believe we should be good stewards of what we have here on earth. And I believe this … more
Thankfully, I was raised by a praying mother. Every night the last thing Mom did before closing her eyes for sleep was to read her Bible and her devotional book and pray for her family and … more
Drama can occur when you least expect it. Last week I was sitting in a veterinary office waiting for my cat to get her annual regimen of shots.   As I was waiting, the veterinarian walked … more
If you are an observant shopper (like I’ve become) I imagine that you’ve noticed how many of your clothing and other material purchases are made in countries other than the United … more
A couple of days ago five students from one of my college classes were huddled near a first-floor elevator several minutes after the class had ended.   “We’re still here … more
On November 8, voters will head to the polls. This year, you will have a key vote to cast on four constitutional amendments, including Amendment 1, which would enshrine right-to-work in our state … more
A true story appeared years ago in a publication named The Pathfinder. It was about a woman who had an enormous impact on her community. If you look at a map of Alaska you will see a thin, wavy … more
Fear. One of the scariest words I know.   With Halloween this month fear is on our minds more than usual. We’re fearful of the dark. We’re fearful of what may be in our attic. … more
Am I now considered ‘Elderly?’ People take one look at me and immediately I get ‘The Senior Discount.’ Younger folks hold the door open for me. Others stand ready to … more
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and we haven’t even sent out the trick-or-treaters.   Those of us who plan to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas this … more
A man goes out into the mountains one morning, and climbs up on one of the tallest peaks, and looks out into the valleys and into the beyond, and he says, “Okay, God, show me that you’re … more
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”   Howard Thurman, a philosopher, … more
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, … 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
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