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In the morning I will be scanned.  No, I am not going through an airport but instead to a local hospital.  The intrusive rays of the giant donut-like machine will peer into my inner parts and show all the flaws and irregularities that have resulted...

Linus once said, “I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.”  After we finish smiling the meaning sinks in and we realize the little guy was quite wise.  When we are face to face with individuals we see their quirks and flaws and are annoyed...

Just once I would like to attend a funeral where the pastor would say, “Even though Uncle Charlie spent most of his life as a lying, cheating, neglectful parent and someone who couldn’t always be trusted, he will be with us in heaven by the...

This past Christmas Eve our woodstove added its cheer to our home.  It was most pleasant to watch the flames move behind the glass window.  It was especially nice to push in the damper and watch the flames slow down to a graceful mesmerizing dance....

Literally tens of millions of dollars are being spent by politicians telling us true and untrue horrible things about their opponents.  Lest we have the false idea that negative advertising is something new, let us remind ourselves it has been around a very long time. ...

I opened an old book this evening and found pressed between the crisp yellow-edged pages two violets. The book is very old and had belonged to my mother.  Immediately a torrent of questions poured out of my mind.  Where did she get them?  Who gave...

One of the more intriguing verses of Scripture is Luke 2:52 which speaks of Jesus, as a child, growing in wisdom.  When He was thirteen He wowed the scholars in Jerusalem with His expansive understanding of Scripture.  Yet He lived in a poor village that...

I have always thought the American flag is beautiful.  I love the color combinations of red, white and blue.  I love the stripes and stars.  I wonder if everyone thinks their country’s flag is beautiful.  I have seen many flags that I think are (I...

Sunday morning dawned bright and beautiful with a brand new layer of eight inches of snow.  However, one of my most unfavorite persons is the city snowplower.  While our driveway has eight inches of soft fluffy snow the end of my driveway has what seems...

I sat in church watching a small child eat a box of Animal Crackers.  I must confess I wish he had offered me one.  I remember being his size and wishing I could have had Animal Crackers.  I wasn’t allowed to eat in church.  It...