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I am the worst at balancing and reconciling my checkbook with the bank statement.  My addition mistakes, subtraction mistakes, transpositions of numbers and just forgetting to make entries have created an accounting nightmare.  My wife who is very meticulous gives me that sly smile and...

I am a mean man.  What I mean is I am quite average. There is nothing special about me.  I once knew a mean man.  He was downright nasty.  He was my next door neighbor when I was a child.  I mean he wasn’t nice...

It’s been raining here in New England for most of two weeks.  Needless to say we have a few puddles decorating our landscape.  Thankfully we are not like the folks along the Mississippi River or in tornado alley.  Our prayers are for them.   This has...

We have a wonderful birch tree in full leaf right beside our bedroom window.  Biologists tell me it will, from now until October, provide all the oxygen my wife and I will need this year.  I like that tree.  During summer storms its leaves brush...

I am fairly sure there are days God doesn’t like me.  I know He loves me but loving and liking are two very different things.  I officiated at a marriage several years ago where it was evident the couple didn’t like each other.  So why...

It was one of those days.  I was standing still and was sweating.  I could have turned on the air conditioner in the house but my wife says I’m cheap.  I prefer to call it frugal.  So we did the next best thing.  We got...

There are things we see and learn that we really don’t want to know.  Many years ago when I was a pastor I pulled up alongside a car being driven by one of my church elders.  He was thoroughly enjoying a huge cigar; something on...

She has a black wet nose.  She wants to please.  There are certain things she does understand.  She sits.  She speaks.  She finds her toy.  She gets the newspaper.  She wants to do more but there is so much she does not understand.  When talked...

During this evening's walk in the forest we eavesdropped on a long distance conversation between two barred owls.  One was close but the other seemed to be in the next valley.  I wish I knew if they were telling jokes, commenting on the day or...

It is easy to mistake sanctification with senescence.  Young men commit the majority of crimes and as we age our inclination toward violence decreases. Aging is a continuous process of hormonal changes, which affects our thoughts and passions.  Often our improved civil behavior has little...