Dear John

Dear John It must have been really hard for John the Baptist. The first we hear of him in any of the books after his birth is some thirty years later when he is out in the wilderness ranting and raving and calling for the people to repent, to change…

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Good, Thief

Good, Theif There was a time when it must have been incredibly difficult to understand anything you read because there was absolutely no punctuation in existence and nobody used capital letters either so that all the words just followed one after the other and the only way you could understand…

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The Good Men Do

The Good Men Do The last time we went to Ireland, we spent a day taking a bus-tour of the Wicklow Mountains (such as they are. North Americans have to laugh a little at what the Irish call “mountains”.). We went through the village of Avoca where the BBC series,…

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Too Holy

I once had a friend in high school and we were very close. We signed each other’s yearbooks “friends 4 ever!” We were both in music classes together. He was highly skilled at playing the piano. He had been playing since he was four years old. He could also…

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Looking Down

One of the things that used to  happen in the school where I taught just bugged the hell out of me. You see, we had the best office staff you could possibly imagine. Without them, the school simply could no have functioned. They typed all the letters going home. They…

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The Judge

I think there is a reason why most churches are filled with old people. I don’t think it’s because old people are getting closer to death and are afraid of the great unknown. And I don’t think it’s because “the church” (whatever church or religion) has…

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Making Allowances

Allowances Let me tell you a story about something that happened to me when I was six years old. We lived in the back of my parent’s business, Wilson’s Plastic Engraving. There was a shop in front, and, attached to the shop, was a two bedroom house. Behind…

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Getting It

Sometimes people can be a bit thick. I know this. I was a teacher. I was a professional. So you can take it from me that people, well, kids at least, if you want to call kids people, can be a bit thick. For example, one day, I was teaching…

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A Story

Stories It was my youngest son’s birthday a few days ago. He’s thirty-nine years old. He once told me that what he remembers most from his childhood are the stories I used to tell him. I wasn’t even aware that I was telling him stories. I was…

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Lost

Lost I used to be a store manager a long, long time ago in a different life. I used to manage a dime store. For those of you too young to know, a dime store was a variety store that carried a little bit of everything and sold it cheap.…

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I Am a Fool

Once upon a time, a group of people were cast away on a deserted island in the middle of the Ocean.  They had no radio.  They had no supplies.  They had water, and the lagoon was teaming with fish.  So they could survive, but there was no way off the…

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