Persistence

I love art. I have to confess that I really know very little about it. That is, I only know what I have learned from my mother who took me to the art museum every Sunday when I was little, and from my various readings and interest. So I guess…

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Storms

If the last ten years have taught me anything at all, it is the power of fear. After 9/11, our nation was turned upside down by fear. We went to war with a country that had nothing to do with the terrorist attack over fear. If that fool, Trump…

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Mountains

I used to live in the mountains once before. I didn't live there for very long, but I did live there for awhile. Back around 1961 or 1962, when I was just a wee lad, my parents bought a mountain cabin up in the little mountain town of Wrightwood, California.…

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Pearls

Of course all of you are too young to remember, but there was once a wonderful comedian by the name of Jack Benny. He made several films, including “The Importance of Being Earnest” (the Wilde play), had a regular radio show, and was able to make the leap to television.…

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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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