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Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
I'm So Grateful
Posted Wednesday, November 19, at 8:17 AM
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and everyone is putting out their "things I am thankful for" lists. So I thought I would offer mine. ... (And rest assured this is no complete or exhaustive list.) I am thankful for: Life ... It's a dance -- and I am still learning as I go...

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Mountain Pride: Revisited
Posted Wednesday, November 12, at 8:06 AM

Note: This is a rewrite in light of glimmer of hope seen by some after the recent elections. So I ask you ... How does it feel to be living in a "post-Constitution" America? It looks as if that's what we've come to if things don't change - and quickly - in Washington D.C. ...

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You Have to Know How To ...
Posted Wednesday, October 29, at 7:44 AM

I was sitting in my office the other day when I overheard part of a conversation in the office next door. It went something like this: "You have to know how to cut up a whole chicken ... 'cause sometime you're gonna have a whole chicken." And ... that got me to thinking. Just how many things are there in this old world that we need to know how to do because "sometime" we're going to need to know how to do them?...

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Why Blame Anyone?
Posted Wednesday, October 15, at 8:01 AM

So ... the World Health Organization is warning us there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week in two months. That's 80,000 new cases in the next two months. And that's just an estimate. The warning is qualified, of course, with the note that the majority of the cases are in West Africa...

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Why Blame God?
Posted Wednesday, October 8, at 1:18 PM

When bad things happen, many folks seem to just naturally begin to blame God. And that's too bad, really. These same people refuse to understand there are various factors working together to being about any bad situation. Society influences what happens in our lives. The spiritual atmosphere around us influences our lives. Even wickedness and sin influence the happenings we experience daily...

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A Long Ride through History
Posted Tuesday, September 30, at 7:40 AM

Moscow, Russia: 1993 - The train, a pair of ancient diesel locomotives pulling a long line of pre-WWII looking freight, passenger and coal cars, pulled out of Tallinn, Estonia late in the evening. My companions and I had been in the air, on the sea, and on the road for several days and were looking forward to this leg of the trip being a time of rest...

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Why .... (fill in the blank)?
Posted Friday, September 26, at 10:05 AM

Recently, I heard someone ask a few of his friends the following question: "Why do we need shrubs?" Now, that's an interesting question. And it got me to thinking about other "why's" I've thought of through the years. For instance: Why do we have snakes?...

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Autumn On The Tomahawk
Posted Friday, September 19, at 2:04 PM

This past week has had all the earmarks of the beginning of my favorite season -- autumn. The neighbors started harvesting the corn crop. The temperatures dipped into the upper 30s a couple of nights and stayed in the upper 50s a day or so. Tuesday I heard a bunch of Canada Geese fly over the office. The apples trees are full of their bounty and ready to be shed of their bumper crop. There was even an archery- harvested deer hanging in the tree beside the house Tuesday morning...

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The Bible and September 11
Posted Thursday, September 11, at 11:16 AM

Today we remember that awful day 13 years ago when the world as knew it was turned upside- down. As we do, we remember those who lost their lives that day and we continue to pray for those who lost loved ones; for those who still cannot make sense of it all; and for those who tried valiantly to save as many people as they could, and will forever be haunted by guilt that they could not save others. But on that day another event occurred that had been called, by many, a miracle...

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Out of Control
Posted Friday, September 5, at 8:52 AM

I am usually a pretty optimistic person: a regular "glass half full, it'll be better tomorrow, stuff's getting better" kind of guy. But I'm having a hard time being optimistic about the way the world is headed these days. Now, before you jump on my back about how things have always been bad for some folks and about how spoiled we Americans have become and about persecution and destruction being a "reap what you sow" kind of deal, I ask you to take a hard look at the world we live in. ...

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A Salute to Labor Day
Posted Friday, August 29, at 8:01 AM

So what's Labor Day all about, anyway? For most of us, it marks the end of the summer: the closing of local swimming pools; one last neighborhood barbeque; a quick trip to the lake for the extended weekend before autumn starts opening the door for winter to slip in. But when do we celebrate "labor?" Or at least the Labor Movement?...

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Nowhere Bound
Posted Friday, August 22, at 7:54 AM

It was the middle nowhere as far as I was concerned. For sure, it was the middle of the night. Two o'clock in the morning to be exact. And I was a bus on my way to Kansas City from Portland sitting in front of the Greyhound station in beautiful downtown Mountain Home, Idaho...

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Let the River Flow
Posted Monday, August 18, at 8:53 AM

If you watch any of the varied "survivor" shows on television very long, you'll hear a familiar phrase used over and over again. It goes something like "when you are lost, look for a river or stream and follow it downstream." The thought is that if you follow a river -- out of a lush rain forest or across a desert or from atop a glaciated mountain range -- you will, sooner or later, find some sort of civilization. ...

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The Season of Green
Posted Friday, August 8, at 9:57 AM

In the fall and winter each year, after the corn and soybeans have been harvested, the land around our home takes on a pale grey tone that lasts for months. This is the best time of the year to see the lay of the land. The draws and cuts and stands of smaller brush are easier to see. Still, it can be a hard time folks who love the colors of spring and summer in the Midwest...

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Poetry 101
Posted Thursday, July 31, at 11:13 AM

Recently, someone called me a poet. The very idea gave me pause to ponder the possibility. What is a poet, exactly? And -- more importantly -- what is poetry? The way I see it, the world around us is filled with poetry. As Percival said -- "The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies and sparkle and shine in its brightness."...

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The Territory Beyond: Revisited
Posted Thursday, July 24, at 1:49 PM

Somewhere north of Mountain View, Arkansas, high above the beautiful White River overlooking the hamlet of Calico Rock, stands a bluff. From there you can see for miles in all directions. It's a place I used to frequent back in my younger days, climbing around on the rocks and daring gravity to take me captive. And it was a long drop from that promontory to the wooded banks of the river below...

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The Soundtrack of Life
Posted Friday, July 18, at 8:26 AM

Did ever want to get the opportunity to say "Thank You" to someone you never even met? I do. In fact, sometimes I get the urge to just -- right out loud -- say thank you to some folks who have had quite an influence in the life of this sometimes singer/songwriter...

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Dirt Road Memories
Posted Friday, July 11, at 9:30 AM

They lead to favorite old swimming holes and secret rendezvous spots. They take us past old farmsteads and new farm homes and acres of crop land. For many of us, they are filled with memories so strong we can almost smell the dampness of the leaves carpeting the path through the hills...

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Coffee With Lil' Bear
Posted Monday, July 7, at 10:43 AM

Recently I wrote about having coffee, from time to time, with a group of "veterans of life" at a local restaurant (which serves great pie, by the way!). I am sure that if I listen close enough and long enough I will glean valuable lessons from their conversations...

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Goodbye to the Old Neighborhood
Posted Thursday, June 19, at 11:14 AM

I drove through the old neighborhood the other day and, my, how things have changed. Families on the street where I grew up in the old Northeast neighborhood Kansas City used to be made up of middle-class working folks. Some of them were first or second generation immigrants from Europe, mostly Italy...

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