Lost

The book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus taught me one important thing about the difference between men and women. When women complain about the things that are bothering them, they just want someone to listen. Men are looking for advice. So when men hear women complain, men…

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Johnny Be Good

When I was young, I had a passing interest in our family tree. My mom used to tell us stories about our family, her side of the family, anyway. I used to listen to them. I enjoyed them. Who isn’t interested in their family? She would tell the stories,…

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Promises

One of the things that used to drive me crazy as a kid was that my parents would make promises to me and then not keep them. Of course, as a kid, I didn’t really see or understand the challenges they faced. I can recall one occasion when I…

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The King

I have never been to a renaissance fair…excuse me…faire. You have to end that word with the required final “e” so you can make it look like Old English, not that anybody spoke Old English during the renaissance. As a matter of fact, they spoke what is called…

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Hidden Talents

Just for the moment, let us believe that in 2016, Elizabeth Warren won her first term as president of the United States . And then let us assume that she then set about to fill positions for her cabinet and also handed out appointments for the various jobs in government that…

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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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