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We received a package. We could not tell from the outside information who sent it.  Inside on top of packing was an envelope with my wife's three-letter name. Instantly she said, "It's from Patty."   I was amazed. It is not that she receives something from Patty on...

Because next week is exam week I spent the day writing finals.  Exams are interesting.  One can quickly write an exam but that usually produces long tedious grading. One can put in lots of time writing an exam and then it is usually quickly graded.  I'm...

When we are very small we are good because being bad results in pain or loss.  Unfortunately some people never change their reason for being good. Fortunately some people learn to be good for the sake of love.  They do not want to disappoint those...

I had a small computer technical problem this evening and  called tech support.   Upon his request I gave the tech support person control of my computer.  In a few moments my computer mouse arrow started whizzing about my screen and as fast as I could...

I have a couple of great sisters.  Please note one can only use that adjective several decades past childhood.  One of them lives with me and has adapted a lifestyle free from conventionality.  She is retired and has no need to be concerned about when...

I do hope I do not sound like a broken record but I am concerned about our conception of prayer.  It is important to understand that prayer is talking to God and not to the other people in the room.  If we are talking to someone...

One evening I welcomed to my house two guests, the world famous concert violinist, LeRoy Peterson, and his wife Carol, who announced to me that we had a porcupine in the backyard.   Sure enough it was a big one snoozing on the bottom branch of...

I'm sitting here watching the Kennedy Center Honors.  As I watch the honorees receive standing ovations and the accolades of friends it occurred to me the real honor, the real joy were the years of accomplishment.  It was the doing. It was the work. It...

I am wondering if one's theology forms the basis of one's disposition or is it the other way around?  Harsh people seem to have a harsh God and gentle people seem to serve a God of mercy and grace.   Do we form God in our...

I have six FM presets on my car radio.  One is classical, one is jazz, one is news, one is pop, one is religious and another is talk radio.   The music ones fascinate me because with just eight notes musicians create a zillion songs and...