29 June 2022

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Modeling after Honest Abe

Modeling after Honest Abe


I’m grateful that high school had us memorize the Gettysburg address. It’s one of history’s greatest speeches, and it’s only 10 sentences long...
15 June 2022

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Coping with today’s ‘future shock’

Coping with today’s ‘future shock’


When I read Alvin Toffler’s “Future Shock” in 1972, I assumed that he was the first to write about the lightning pace of change in our day. His ...
25 May 2022

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Navigating life’s hills and valleys

Navigating life’s hills and valleys


“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” —Kahlil Gibran Theologian Martin Marty describes two types of ...
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...