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Monthly Archives: May 2013

What A Difference a “YOU” Makes

During a lecture series a boring speaker had the podium.  As he droned on, people in the audience began getting up and leaving.  Soon every seat was empty except one. Finally the speaker stopped and asked the man why he had stayed. “I’m the next speaker.”   Dear Next Speaker: The ball’s in your court. … Continue reading »

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You’re sharp.  Yup.  This is about us ‘Boomers when we were young’uns. If you were born after the 60’s and can’t fathom a life without a video screen in front of your face and earbuds surgically implanted, go ahead.  Shake your head at the pathetic grey-haired (okay, tinted or outright dyed) Ancient Ones.  Sit right … Continue reading »

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The plain envelope had been slipped under Granger’s door sometime before he arrived.  He was thinking of other things and almost stepped on it.  A folded note was inside, obvious in its blandness.  No signature. Intrigued, Granger opened it . . . “When did corruption, graft and systemic lying slide behind the wheel? “They’ve always … Continue reading »

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The Punch of Your Praying

It’s easy to feel like caving. Look around.  Listen.  Have you ever seen things in such disarray?  Ever seen people so haunted by hopelessness?  Our nation’s in the direst straits it’s ever experienced!  We’ve got a president and much of the congressional leadership who seem hellishly intent on driving the America God’s so blessed into … Continue reading »

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Just Shake Their Hand And Say, “THANK YOU.”

The buzz of his cell phone jerked him from where his memories had taken him. “Dickerson.  Go.” “I’ve an apology for you.”  Granger?  What—–?  “Uh . . . o–kay.” “As we visited yesterday I meant to shake your hand and say how much I appreciate your military service.  I’m sorry I neglected to do that. … Continue reading »

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I mean, why even bother? His steps weren’t exactly aimless.  He knew where he was going.  He was just internally zapped. His soul was tired. Come on in and help yourself to some fresh coffee.  Our visits each week always leave me revitalized; you’re a real blessing to me.  Plop down over there in a … Continue reading »

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He stuck his head in the door, talking over the music:  “Bother you for some coffee?” “Always.” Arlough was across the room and had picked up the carafe before answering. “Smooth.  Well played.”  Creamer and two spoons of sugar.  He walked across the room, spotlighted briefly by the sunlight slanting through a window.  He sat, … Continue reading »

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Every writer knows the value of a good, well-placed quotation.  Consider this: We must offer ourselves to God like a clean, smooth canvas and not worry ourselves about what God may choose to paint on it, but at each moment, feel only the stroke of His brush.  — Jean Pierre de Caussade I had unusual … Continue reading »

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2nd Graders Assess Moms

WHY GOD MADE MOMS:  Great answers by 2nd graders to the following questions. Why did God make mothers? 1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is. 2. Mostly to clean the house. 3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.   How did God make mothers? 1. … Continue reading »

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Okay, That Was NOT One of Your Better Choices

Some decisions are just right. It feels good to have made that thing happen.  You feel the inner strength, the stretching of your learning edge.  You have a sense of profound worth and well-being.  You know even if you’d been off your game it would have still been a fantastic experience. And then there are … Continue reading »

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