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Occasionally when I walk into my classroom I discover little by little it has become a wastebasket.  When people rip paper out of a spiral notebook small remnants of paper float to the floor like dandruff on a blue suit. Some pigs leave leftover bags...

While slowing inching along in a line of cars up to the drive thru window of a fast food restaurant, I amused myself by watching a seagull walking about with a florescent orange sticker adhering to his right wing.  In big black letters it read,...

The Chinese Placemat While waiting for our food in a Chinese restaurant I read the paper placemat printed with a Chinese Zodiac.   I discovered I was born in the year of the horse and I am hardworking, resilient, wise and dependable.   "Absolutely right on," I thought. ...

When people lose a sense of the divine they also lose respect for humanity. Instead of our being the product of love forged from the earth into the image of our maker, humans become an end-product of an evolutionary process on its way to who...

We inadvertently ended up at a bonsai demonstration.  For over an hour we watched a real artist take a four foot tall tree and ever so cleverly cut and trim so as to prepare to turn it into a bonsai beauty.  I winced as I...

"To be or not to be" is, apart from Scripture, one of the most known literary quotes of all time.  While Ophelia watches Hamlet ponders existence.  Surely all of us have considered "being."  We don't remember being born because we were not there.   Very rapidly...

If you knew how to spell "Laodicean" you could be 40,000 dollars richer.   I know most of you are smiling because most of my friends have known this word since we were small.  Week after week preachers have been chastising us for being Laodicean.   "Laodicean"...

I opened a box this evening whose contents were wrapped in a plastic bag. I could not but notice the warning printed on the bag to keep it away from children was printed in fifteen different languages. Languages are fascinating systems of sound symbols which were...

Today was campus cleanup day.  Faculty and students spent the afternoon raking, sweeping, spreading mulch and carrying away the last fall's leaves. We do it every year just prior to alumni weekend.  We want the campus to look good for the homecomers.   Our problem today...

This evening I opened a small bottle of maraschino cherries.  The human mind is an amazing treasure house of memories triggered by sights, sounds and smells. Suddenly I was overwhelmed with a memory I have not experienced in decades.  When I was a small boy...