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Today I learned in 2009 one could buy a ticket for $1,868 for the opportunity to meet and shake hands with Beyonce.  While not trying to be disrespectful I would not bother paying $1.86.  It is a matter of priorities.  Do you remember the woman...

A small ice cream cone at our local Dairy Queen costs $2.79.   The same size cone at Burger King and McDonalds cost $1.00.   And not only does it taste as good maybe it’s just a bit better or is that psychological because it is such...

In the darkness of night one can see a faint reflection of themselves in the window of our breakfast room.  It is vague and without details.  But, it is enough to drive our dog crazy.  Mirrors do not concern her. They are detailed.  But this...

If you have ever eaten at a Cheesecake Factory I’m sure you have noticed the menu is huge.  The selection is almost overwhelming.  How it is possible for them to have such variety in stock and fresh.  Obviously there is no expectation that one eat...

When I went into school this morning one of my colleagues said, “I have a lilac bush that hasn’t blossomed for two years.”  Immediately I thought about Jesus and the fig tree.  It was Monday of Passion Week when Jesus and His disciples came upon...

My wife and I just finished a game of Upwords (3-D Scrabble).  There are certain letters like the Q, X, and J that one needs to play as soon as possible.  I had the J.  An opportunity arose to change “fail” to “jail.”  In haste...

I was shocked when I looked into our birdbath.  There must have been 10,000 mosquito larva swimming and growing and ever so anxious to soon make my life an itching, scratching horror.  They are so tiny and yet if in the right environment so lethal. ...

I'm sitting here looking at a picture of a very pretty lady.  There is just one problem.   It's a picture of a tree with three birds flying to the upper branches.  One bird is the lady's eye, another her nose and the third her...

Emily Dickenson wrote, “I'm Nobody! Who are you? Are you – Nobody – too? Then there's a pair of us! Don't tell! they'd advertise – you know.”  She must have thought of being somebody (at least for a few moments) because she also wrote, “Success...

We all had special assignments beyond the classroom at our school in Uganda.  Mine was to daily check on and maintain the water pump that supplied our school with the best water imaginable.  Away from the campus and down into a jungleish valley was a...