Waiting for the Light

One of my fondest memories growing up as a child in my parents’ home was the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking every Thanksgiving and Christmas. My mother used to bake Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, and Chocolate Chip Tollhouse Cookies every holiday. The aroma used to invade my senses and lead…

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That's No Yoke

I love seeing the world, but I hate to travel. It’s so stressful. I mean, you have to pack and make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. Then you have to get to the airport. And the airport is about the most stressful place you could want to be.…

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You Gotta Have Faith

In 1919, Heywood Broun wrote a short story titled “The 51st Dragon”. It tells the story of a young awkward knight by the name of Gawain. Gawain fails miserably in all areas of knight errantry. In an attempt to help the boy, the headmaster decides that Gawain should be trained…

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So Respectable

Most people I know hated high school. But I loved high school. And why shouldn’t I? I mean, I was a star in high school. I was in the theater arts program. I often had the leading role in most of the plays. I was allowed to write music…

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Three of a Kind

I like to think of myself as a scientific sort of guy. I find science fascinating, especially physics and astronomy. And I like to think I have a passing understanding in most of the sciences, and well I should have, since I have to teach science to a bunch of…

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Happy Birthday

Everybody likes a good party. I know I do. I don’t go to nearly enough. Let’s face it. People just love to celebrate. Just about every culture I know has some kind of harvest festival, a way to celebrate the gathering of food. And that carries over even…

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Flying

Today, according to the church calendar in the United States, is The Feast of the Ascension. This day we celebrate Jesus rising up to heaven. According to the story, Jesus, witnessed by his disciples, and about 3,000 others (Peter tells us in The Book of Acts), rose up into…

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Rose Marie

Funeral for a Friend I once went to a funeral for a woman who worked at our old church. Rosemarie Kelley passed away quite suddenly. Her death took us all by surprise. She was one of those people you don’t always think about, just one of those people who…

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Many Mansions

I love a good story, don’t you? I guess everybody does. That’s why I am captivated by the gospels. The story of Jesus is such a good story. It is slightly different in each of the gospels, and each one has its own special charm. People so often…

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The Good Shepherd

I went to a quinceaniera once for a former student. In the Méxican tradition, when a girl turns fifteen, parents hold a quinceaniera, from the Spanish word for fifteen, quince. The tradition actually goes back to the Aztec culture, in which it was considered that young men and women became…

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On The Road

There is a cute joke about a guy, let’s call him George for no particular reason, who is a real born again type Christian. The news on the television announces that the dam is about to break and the whole valley is about to be flooded. All his neighbors…

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Doubtful

It's pretty easy to attack religious faith. After all, the stories you read in holy books are pretty far fetched. Those books are full of miracles and wonders and basically shit you don't see on a day to day basis. When was the last time you saw somebody walking on…

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Easter--God Is

I love literature. At one time, I wanted to teach literature. I wanted to be a poet, too. Then I noticed that there was a dearth of jobs for poet listed in the want ads. I might have been a professor of literature, however, had I not become addicted to…

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