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There Is No Growth Without Change

“But it is the LORD himself who goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. So do not be afraid and do not be discouraged.” ~Deuteronomy 31:8 ≈

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Future Shock

Many years ago, I read a book entitled Future Shock. The title referred to the experience of culture shock within one’s own culture. Future shock hadn’t happened yet, its author argued, but it was coming. And now? Many people, perhaps … Continue reading

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Bringing Grandpa Home

My Real Memoir Somewhere along the line Grandma and Grandpa McLaughlin had moved from Los Angeles to the foot of California’s San Gabriel Mountains. Dating back to the early 1900s, the town of Upland was full of half-timbered craftsman homes … Continue reading

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Good Pain

“Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let endurance finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.” ~James 1:3-4 “For through your patient endurance you will gain your soul.” ~Luke 21:19 ~Ω~

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Some Things Never Change

Fall Elections were held in the U.S. this week. And as a result, my city now has a new mayor and a gaggle of fresh-blood council members. Why? Because, as the old expression goes, we “threw the (previous) bums out!” … Continue reading

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Fall Has Fell!

Artwork by The Creators Canvas Wishing all of my fellow-Northern-Hemispherians a Happy Autumnal Equinox! (And a Happy Spring Equinox to all of my Southern-Hemispherian friends!)  Of course, technically the equinox (“equal night”) was yesterday–or the day before that for those … Continue reading

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“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails.” ~William Arthur Ward Stormy Sea at Night, 1849, by Ivan Aivazovsky (Pavlovsk Palace, Saint Petersburg) Thought for the Week Some years the world barely … Continue reading

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Survivors, Not Victims

“Someone once asked me how I hold my head up so high after all I have been through. I said it’s because no matter what, I am a survivor, not a victim.” ~Patricia Buckley There’s a lot of talk of … Continue reading

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5 Years Ago Today

Oh, how the world has changed in the last five years. Oh, how it has changed this year alone! Five years ago today: I’d recently seen Pixar’s Inside Out and cried like a baby; President Obama was normalizing relations with … Continue reading

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Who’s Benefitting From the Pandemic?

Not a conspiracy theory, merely an unforeseen reality. While governments, businesses and workers are ravaged by the pandemic, some sectors are actually flourishing, and some job markets are actually expanding. Here are a few of the benefitees: Online Sales Amazon, … Continue reading

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