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A Stake in the Ground…

I am amazed at the turmoil that we are experiencing in our country these days. And the longer this pandemic goes on, the worse it seems to get. The boundaries of civility and respect are fading into the background. As an ...

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Paper Maps…

Earlier this year, Janet and I traveled to Florida to attend a destination wedding at DisneyWorld. Although we flew to Orlando, we decided to use paper maps to get the lay of the land and locate different places of interest ...

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National Dog Day!

Yesterday, August 26th, was National Dog Day across the United States. In all honesty, it is quite a great idea that has found traction with pet owners, particularly dog owners, as a special day to celebrate our four legged friends. For ...

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Another Wonderful Year Together…

It was 47 years ago tonight that Janet and I had our wedding rehearsal at Trinity Methodist Church - where our families had first met back in 1959 while our Moms were pregnant at the same time. After the rehearsal, ...

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College Bound…

It's difficult to believe that Connor, our oldest grandson, is starting college this week....  But before we celebrate that, I couldn't help but remember my own transition from high school to college two generations ago. I really wanted to go to ...

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He Almost Made 60… Almost…

My youngest brother, Ken, would have been 60 today. That's right - would have been... but he didn't quite make it - he died on February 29th of this year - 10 days after my 67th birthday. He was the ...

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Pfronten or Bust…

When I was a senior in high school, back in 1970, the French Club (which I was a member of) was going to take a trip to France after graduation. I was seventeen at the time and Mom was concerned ...

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Mr. West’s Birdbath…

Our childhood home was on S. Claremont in Beverly on the far south side of Chicago. Our next door neighbor to the north was Mr. West and his wife, Esther. Mr. West was retired and we rarely, if ever, saw ...

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Knowledge… and a Relationship!

I spent a number of years in seminary back in the first decade of this century. Janet and I felt compelled that I should go to school and, as many of you know, I attended a small conservative seminary where ...

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Under the Umbrella…

Several years ago, Janet and I purchased a fountain for our home's lower back patio that features a boy and girl standing together under an umbrella as the water comes down all around them. That fountain was something that both ...

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