18 May 2022

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Visits fulfill need for words, touch

Visits fulfill need for words, touch


The question posted by a Quora Digest’s reader was, “What’s the point of visiting patients in a nursing home with severe dementia or Alzheimer...
11 May 2022

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Make practicing grace a habit

Make practicing grace a habit


A woman stood patiently in the grocery check-out lane, practicing six feet of social distancing, when an elderly man cut in front of her, proceeded to...
04 May 2022

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Keeping civility alive

Keeping civility alive


A Texas friend wrote me about her experiences through the years of having lost things returned. “I dropped my credit card at a gas pump and had i...
27 April 2022

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Nothing gold can stay

Nothing gold can stay


Robert Frost was plagued by loss and grief and depression throughout his life. When he was 12, his father died of tuberculosis, leaving his family a t...
20 April 2022

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Getting back in the zone

Getting back in the zone


On Palm Sunday, Dottie and I kept the church nursery. Eight souls — ages 1 to 5 — were ours to tend for 90 minutes. Our youngest grandchild is 9, ...
13 April 2022

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Shining like the sun

Shining like the sun


On March 18, something stupendous happened in Louisville, at the intersection of 4th and Walnut streets. Only one person saw it. Thomas Merton had ...
06 April 2022

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‘Fanlandia’ the perfect song

‘Fanlandia’ the perfect song


If we could teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, the perfect music and lyrics have already been written. “Finlandia,” composed in 1899 b...
30 March 2022

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Sowing light in the darkness

Sowing light in the darkness


On Sept. 1, 1939, a solitary, troubled poet sat in a bar on 57th Street in New York City and began to write. All day he had heard and read reports on ...
23 March 2022

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Practicing the Golden Rule

Practicing the Golden Rule


What would you do if, when you walked to your car in the parking lot of a big-box store, you found a handwritten note under the windshield wiper on th...
16 March 2022

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Train bound to hope

Train bound to hope


The conductor in his yellow vest this time was neither selling nor punching tickets. His hands empty and raised high, he was shouting, “The train is...