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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More Than A Lifetime

Paris would have to be my favorite city in the entire world. There are a lot of reasons for this. There’s the food of course, and the atmosphere. There are the small street cafes and the wonderful little neighborhoods, each with its own charm. There are the fabulous museums.…

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Render Unto Caesar

I remember very clearly the first time I ever encountered a trick question. It was in the seventh grade. My history teacher was Mr. Byrd. I couldn’t stand him, really. He was an ultra-conservative and often let us know his political opinions. I was, of course, a radical liberal…

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Once There Was A Wedding

Back in 1980, I went back to college. Like a lot of folks, I went to college right after high school, took a bunch of classes, dropped a lot more, and then dropped out of school for a time. I had been offered a good job at more money than…

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Once There Was a Vineyard

When I was a teacher, at least once a year, one of the boys in my class would in a fight with another boy. And when I set about to solve the problem, I usually asked the boys what happened. One boy would accuse the other of hitting him, and…

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Will

There’s an old Japanese legend about a man who dies and finds himself in the afterlife. I wonder what the Japanese idea of the afterlife would be? Would Godzilla (Gojira, in Japanese) be there? Do gigantic prehistoric lizards have souls? It’s a mystery, my son. Anyway, I digress.…

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Now Hiring

So this guy who owns a small winery goes out at the break of day in his pickup truck to find some day laborers. He goes over to Home Depot and picks up a few guys and takes them back to his vineyards. He offers them a fair wage, fifty…

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Forgive and Forget

I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. Mohandas Gandhi Ghandi's rejection of Christianity grew out of an incident that happened when he was a young man practicing law in South Africa. He had become attracted to the Christian faith, had…

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Forgive

He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. –Thomas Fuller There is a story about a young boy that had never said a single word. You know, most kids start talking when they are little babies…

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Double Cross

Saint Francis de Assisi was born to Pietro di Bernardone, a rich cloth merchant. He had every advantage that one might expect of a young man born to a wealthy family in the Middle Ages. As a young man, Francis was a troubadour and wished to be a writer of…

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Teachers

One of the things I find truly astonishing about the human animal is the number of teachings and traditions that we have handed down time out of history for thousands of years from teacher to student, person to person. These are things that cannot be learned from books. You cannot…

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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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