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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You're Invited

When I was much younger, I met a psychic. It was a very interesting experience, to say the least. I did not intend to get a psychic reading or anything. It just sort of happened. My girlfriend at the time invited the friend of a friend over to my house…

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First

I would have to say that the first time I decided to run a marathon, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. First of all, I did it mainly to be supportive of my wife. She wanted to run a marathon and I encouraged her to do…

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Out of the Closet

One day, back in the fourth grade, I was sitting in my seat as calmly as you please, more than likely drawing pictures in my notebook instead of diligently working in my grammar book, when the teacher brought one of the boys up and announced that the young gentleman was…

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Synchronicity

Synchronicity Events, when they are seen in isolation Appear to be somewhat disconnected When in hindsight, and some trepidation Reveal to us more than we expected A wind that blows in cool and leaves us hotter To dream of light, and the gravity that bent it Like ripples from a…

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Making the Right Choice

There is a lot of controversy regarding bilingual education. We used to have a really good program in Los Angeles, until the voters killed it. Not that it was perfect, mind you. Here is how it worked. You taught the kids who spoke no English in their native language, gradually…

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Pennies

When I was a kid, I used to like puzzle books. You know the kind. There would be the puzzle that showed six clowns that looked very much the same and then ask which one was different. Or there would be the picture in which you were supposed to find…

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A Christian Nation?

I’m getting a little tired of conservatives calling America a “Christian” nation. There is nothing Christian about it. Our nation’s government was not founded by Christians, nor was it founded upon Christian principles. And although the organized church has long held hands with the government, there is precious…

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Barbwire Underwear

One of the things that drive people crazy about religions in general, and about Christianity in particular, is this perverse need many followers have to suffer. For some reason, these fanatics have equated a letting go of the world with the need to wear barbed wire underwear. In Ireland, every…

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Love

I once had a girl friend, many years before I met my wife, Becky, and I loved her very much. We had, I thought, a good relationship. So I felt as though I had been hit with a sledgehammer in the chest when she confessed to me that she had…

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