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Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Charge to Keep

Some words need to be dusted off. One such word, stewardship, let time layer it with a thick layer of misunderstanding. One day, stewardship walked into church and sat on a pew. Misunderstanding the meaning, someone decided its nickname was “giving.” Since that time, those with religious backgrounds see a contribution plate pass by every […]

What’s the Temperature?

I ordered a small breakfast at McDonald’s while on vacation. While waiting for the order to come to the counter, I watched the manager. She cradled a clipboard in hand (which had dozens of rows and columns). Moving to the preparation table, she began opening the warming trays holding food like meat patties or chicken […]

Stimulate Your Thinking

Western culture feeds the disease of inactivity. People stare at cellphones blankly. Television drones on with no one noticing. The couch (or recliner) develops a permanent and personal dimple. The ravages of the sedate society are everywhere. Politics lack clear thinking. Many businesses have settled into a “that’s our policy” way of life. Individuals live […]

Small Change

When my father passed away suddenly in December, we faced the inevitable task of cleaning out a house lived in for 45 years. Furniture filled spaces. Old bank statements and tax returns spilled over file boxes. One of the surprising finds was the small changes in all kinds of places. My parents just dropped pocket […]

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