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A few days ago I saw an automobile commercial offering us the opportunity to drive a new car for only 69 dollars a month.  As we all know (I hope we all know) somewhere along the way, either up front or at the end, we...

While waiting in a line I could not but overhear a despicable and ignorant conversation happening between two men waiting in the same line.  The conversation started just fine but quickly degenerated.  It began with the observation that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap this year and...

If you have or have had a dog you will understand how quickly they learn the word “walk.”   You think they are asleep and you casually say “walk” and instantly they are dancing in front of you. “Where’s the leash?  Let’s go.  Stop messing with your...

Two guys were pumping gas on the opposite side of the pump I was using.  I wasn’t paying any attention to their conversation but when one of them left to go inside for coffee the younger came around the pump and said to me, “I...

Thanksgiving is inventory time.  It’s time to count one’s assets.  I have noted that the longer I live the longer grows the positive side of my life’s balance sheet.  Of course there are some negatives.  If there weren’t we wouldn’t call it a balance sheet. ...

I know some people who really think they are important enough to be personally tempted by Satan himself.  What an ego!  Since only God is everywhere present that is saying a lot about just how important those persons think they are.  The truth is even...

Tolstoy begins his classic novel Anna Karenina as follows, “ALL happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Have you ever noticed the interest level of Christmas letters from various families?  The ones that report 12 months of joy...

Yesterday my wife was observing in a first grade in Boston when a little guy snuck up to her and smugly whispered in her ear, “I’m the best in the reader in the room.”  Then he waited for her to tell him how wonderful he...

Just recently I have had a relatively minor spike in my blood pressure. It is nothing to be concerned about but something that raised my curiosity.   Why?  I think the answer became evident upon examination of my diet.   One of the delights of my childhood...

Four and a half months had passed since the battle when Abraham Lincoln rose to speak at Gettysburg for just over two minutes.  There was no applause at the end.  Perhaps those in attendance were shocked that he finished so soon.  Republican newspapers lauded the...