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How My Life of Happy Materialism Came to an End

Photo by Brandon Green (unsplash.com) When I was a young man, I began searching for the meaning of life. Along the way, I wrote a travel journal, a mix of prose and poetry, and labelled it Fool’s Odyssey. London was so … Continue reading

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A Safe and Cozy Place

A year ago this month, our sense of safety plummeted. Until then, “Be safe” was reserved for anxious mothers sending off their children. But amidst a worldwide pandemic, it became the new “Have a good day,” the new “I care.” … Continue reading

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The Real Thing

“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise!” ~Romans 1:25 Don’t just talk about what’s Real. Show it. Be it.

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Contentment

Thought for the Week During a recent Sunday drive, my wife and I stumbled across this wonderful old covered bridge above. It was an ordinary day (our original plans had fallen through) made special by warm conversation and a light … Continue reading

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How to Have a Merry COVID Christmas

Honestly? Like all the Whos in Whoville, my wife and I were pretty depressed when we first started talking about Christmas this year. It seemed Grinch-19 had stolen it right out from under us! For the first time in her … Continue reading

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Who Do You Thank?

When I first heard the song “All Good Gifts” in the adorably ragamuffin movie version of Godspell way back in 1973, I got choked up. I didn’t understand why. And then, even though I considered God (“if there even is … Continue reading

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Life is Beautiful

 Yes, life is hard. But it’s also beautiful.  And funny.  And sweet.   And we aren’t the only ones who know it. “If animals spoke, humanity would cry.” ~Manuj Rajput Click on any image to enlarge it, or to begin slide … Continue reading

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From Crappy to Happy

It’s funny how Thanksgiving, America’s official day of gratitude, is followed by Black Friday, our unofficial day of grumbling. Of course, you can always avoid shopping and sit at home complaining about the “&%@#*ing commercialization of the holidays!” But that … Continue reading

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Thank You!

“Please” and “thank you.” Those were the magic words, Mom and Dad said. Corny? Yep. But you know what? When I taught my kids to say them, they were kind of magical. “Happiness isn’t necessary for gratitude, gratitude is necessary … Continue reading

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Wise Bear

Have a wonderful end of the week, and then a perfecticle weekend, and then an even wonderfuller week, and then, well, you know, just keep on going. ℘            “If you look the right way, you … Continue reading

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