In Times Like These

I’ll tell you a story about a man I knew. He grew up in a poor neighborhood, a rough neighborhood. His parents were immigrants. They were poor, yet they worked hard and sent him to the best schools they could afford, often making great sacrifices for his education. This…

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I Know Who You Are

Back in 2009, a man from our old neighborhood, feeling despondent over the loss of his job and the tremendous debt he was carrying, chose to take the lives of his wife, his five children, and then killed himself. How terrible it is to lose hope. And when you look…

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The Chosen

I don’t really have any regrets when I think back on my life. But there are a couple experiences I wish I could have had. I mean, I suppose I still might have these experiences, but at my age, it doesn’t seem likely, and no…I’m not…

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What Are You Looking For?

I may seem like some kind of seeker, but I’m not. The truth is, who knows why we do the things we do? I can remember from my earliest childhood being called to certain images. When I was four years old, I was fascinated by a statue that stood…

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Epiphany

My mother used to drive my family crazy. Often we would go to great trouble to find a gift for her that was just perfect, something we knew that she wanted very much. And we would scramble to find the money to buy the gift, or work our fingers to…

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Holy Family

It's funny when you spend a few hours on the freeway watching the cars, how many of the most rude and obnoxious drivers drive around with little fishes, or crosses plastered on their cars. I usually notice the fish just about the same time the driver of the car is…

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Happy Christmas

Well, Monday is Christmas. And this day always brings images of Mary and Joseph coming into the little town of Bethlehem looking for some place to lay their heads and for Mary to give birth to the child who would grow up to change the world forever, or at least…

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Lost

The book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus taught me one important thing about the difference between men and women. When women complain about the things that are bothering them, they just want someone to listen. Men are looking for advice. So when men hear women complain, men…

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Johnny Be Good

When I was young, I had a passing interest in our family tree. My mom used to tell us stories about our family, her side of the family, anyway. I used to listen to them. I enjoyed them. Who isn’t interested in their family? She would tell the stories,…

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Promises

One of the things that used to drive me crazy as a kid was that my parents would make promises to me and then not keep them. Of course, as a kid, I didn’t really see or understand the challenges they faced. I can recall one occasion when I…

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The King

I have never been to a renaissance fair…excuse me…faire. You have to end that word with the required final “e” so you can make it look like Old English, not that anybody spoke Old English during the renaissance. As a matter of fact, they spoke what is called…

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Hidden Talents

Just for the moment, let us believe that in 2016, Elizabeth Warren won her first term as president of the United States . And then let us assume that she then set about to fill positions for her cabinet and also handed out appointments for the various jobs in government that…

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Wise Women

Have you ever been separated from your companion or companions when you’ve been in some big store or at some incredibly busy place where there are a multitude of people in the crowd? That’s happened to me a number of times. And you never know whether you should…

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Lessons of History

I once taught a history lesson to a bunch of ten year olds. The lesson involved then President Andrew Jackson and the Cheyenne Indians. For those of you who have forgotten your American history, here is a thumbnail version of what happened. The American government, as usual, wanted to …ahem……

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