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A 60/40 Kind of Day…

For the past several years, our Bible study has been praying for the brother of one of our members. Finally, after two bouts with cancer and every conceivable treatment that the doctors could try, Frank Swarts passed away and went ...

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Salt…

As some of you know, our family has had a tough winter. In fact, Kristin, our oldest daughter, has struggled with several serious health issues and other stresses in her life the past three or four months. The severe headaches ...

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The Christian Mafia

Like most families, the Toussaint clan has its idiosyncrasies. And like almost every family, we love hard, fight ferociously and can have deep divides among ourselves. Maybe this sort of thing comes as a surprise to you, as I am ...

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The Original, Chicago Style…

One of the things that we love to do around our house every so often is have what we call "Chicago Dog Night." Janet and I, with Kristin and her family, always look forward to cooking hot dogs, Chicago style, and then ...

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A Sense of Accomplishment

When I was a young boy, I just loved to build models, invent things and work on anything that had to do with tools. Although I built several model cars, animals and planes, I really enjoyed working on ships and ...

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Birthday Reflections…

It's February 19th and the day is almost over. Today marks 4 years since I wrote my first post for Transitions by The Book; and more noteworthy than that is the fact that today is my 62nd birthday. It's been ...

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The Wow Factor…

Janet and I have been talking lately about things that have really turned our heads - the kind of thing that we refer to as "the wow factor". Generally, these really cause us to do a double-take. You know, a ...

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The Kitchen Sink Rule

I couldn't help but get back in the groove of writing this evening. That's because something happened today that transported me back to my youth - back to our home at 10050 S. Claremont Ave. in Beverly Hills on the ...

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I Love Jesus – Most of the Time…

Happy New Year! It's been several weeks since I wrote to you and to be sure, I am so exhausted this evening that I wasn't going to write anything tonight either. In fact, it has been quite nice to take ...

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The Do-Over…

We are several days into the New Year and things are off to a fast start. Jill and her family were here from Oklahoma during Christmas - everyone was under the weather, but things got back to normal as we ...

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