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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...

Have you ever said something that resulted in the very opposite reaction of which you expected?  It happened to me.  I was in a big easy chair faithfully getting an infusion when a 50ish looking lady entered the room for her very first time.  Fear...

I had an undergrad this past week tell us that recipients of body parts from others imparted personality characteristics from the donors.  It is called cellular memory. As gently as possible I tried to assure her and the class that cellular memory is only anecdotal....

When David wrote his psalms he never dreamed they would become Scripture.  For David Scripture was the writings of Moses. Then again David never saw a codex.  Scrolls were the media of his time.  David and the sons of Korah and others were writing music. ...

Do you remember when most movies closed out with two words in big letters, “The End”?   They were usually accompanied with scenes of two people riding off into the sunset or a wedding or a birth.  The end was a new beginning.  There is something...

I enjoy eavesdropping.  Often I pretend to be reading but I am really listening to the conversations around me. People are interesting creatures.  We are much more fascinating than any other animal.  This week I heard the following, “Do you like my tattoos?  I just...

Perhaps you are as amazed as I am when listening to the drug commercials on TV.  The recitation of all the side effects, including possible death, is more than a bit disconcerting.  There is one comment that caught my attention.  The voice said, “Don’t take...

Because of health concerns for a great friend, this afternoon I taught his classes at our community college.  When I entered one of the classrooms and asked if this was his class there was collectively immediate concern.  “Are you subbing?”  “Is he okay?”  “Will he...

There is a pretty little tree at the bottom of our hill.  Each evening while walking our dog we brush its branches.  You can imagine my more than slight reaction to notice, now that the leaves have fallen, there is a hornet’s nest inches above...

Jenga is a non-fatal way to play Russian Roulette.  Instead of pulling a trigger one pulls out a block.  Eventually there is a loud crash and someone with a block in their hand loses.   In many ways it is like ignoring God’s commands.  You can...