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As the recycle truck rolled down the hill it hit my friend.  Her fanny pack was in that truck.  That wouldn’t be so bad except for what was in the fanny pack.  Her passport, her wallet, her credit cards, her driver’s license were on the...

Upon the birth of his fifth child one of my students in Uganda assured me that was their last child because the doctor gave his wife pills.   About six months later he came to class quite glum.  He told me his wife was pregnant.  He...

One evening, many years ago on a Wednesday night after prayer meeting, I was leaving to drive all night from Des Moines to central Wisconsin.  As I was locking up the church one of my friends said, “Let’s pray for your safety.”   And so he...

They are called Loyalty Cards.  Supermarkets and pharmacies entice us to use them so we can get discounts.   What they don’t tell us is often our purchase records are sold to life insurance and health insurance companies that analyze our purchases.  It is amazing what...

Yesterday I made a motel reservation.  It was not easy.  It was difficult for me to understand the person who answered the phone and I think he had a difficult time understanding me.  When he read back what he had confirmed for us, it was...

I watched a friend slice open a beautiful mango.  It was just the right firmness with a striking blend of red, orange, yellow and green.  It was a beauty.  It was the inside that was impressive – impressively bad.  Black.  What a disappointment.  Where was...

Several years ago I taxied a small plane to the end of the runway in Santa Rosa, California.  I did my run up, went through my checklist and called the tower for takeoff clearance.  All I heard was silence.  Normally they respond immediately with “cleared...

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...