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My 40th Spiritual Birthday

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I walked into a church for the first time in my life on Easter morning 40 years ago. I’d never before heard the words “He is risen” or the traditional response “He is risen indeed!”…

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More Blessed to Give

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            “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”            ~Acts 20:35

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The Spirit of Christmas

May the spirit of Christmas the yearning to give inhabit your heart for as long as you live

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Please Don’t Forgive Me!

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
When I say Merry Christmas in public, I’m often rewarded with a two part response: First, the “Oh, you insensitive boob” look; then the “Ah, but your (baby boomer) generation doesn’t know any better” look. Just…

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Ever Green

A companion piece to The Ugly Time Some lives are leafy limbs compelling eyes to gaze at them to acknowledge their convulsive beauty Naïve in their baseless joy they reign a scant and unremembered season then die having never truly … Continue reading

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Thank You!

“Happiness is a habit. And gratitude is the behavior that forms it. Want to be happy? Practice. Not just on the holiday that tells you to. But every day!” ~from How to be Happy “Enter with the password: ‘Thank you!’ making yourself … Continue reading

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Rough Grace

It was 30 years ago today, on the Friday before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was crawling with pre-holiday misery. Planes were late and tempers were flaring. The holidays might … Continue reading

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