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  • Patience Is A Virtue... So What?

    Contributed on Dec 21, 2021
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    We’ve been waiting for things to get back to normal. Waiting for schools to start and restaurants to open. Waiting for family reunions, weddings, and funerals. Waiting for test results,

    W hat a year. We’ve been waiting for things to get back to normal. Waiting for schools to start and restaurants to open. Waiting for family reunions, weddings, and funerals. Waiting for test results, the next wave of virus, and a vaccine. Waiting seems to have been the theme 2020. What’s promised ...read more

  • Not An Easy Hike

    Contributed on Dec 21, 2021
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    I received my first 50-mile badge about 1969 hiking up in the Lassen National Park. The first day we hiked 5.5 miles up a hill and it took us 5.5 hours.

    I received my first 50-mile badge about 1969 hiking up in the Lassen National Park. The first day we hiked 5.5 miles up a hill and it took us 5.5 hours. It was so steep a climb that the switchbacks were no more than 10 apart at their widest point. Our packs were heavy too as we had all 9 days of ...read more

  • A New Direction

    Contributed on Dec 21, 2021
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    Michelangelo left four unfinished sculptures called “The Prisoners or Slaves”. Individually they are known as “The Awakening Slave”, “The Young Slave”, “The Bearded Slave”, and “The Atlas Bound” (Accademia).

    Michelangelo left four unfinished sculptures called “The Prisoners or Slaves”. Individually they are known as “The Awakening Slave”, “The Young Slave”, “The Bearded Slave”, and “The Atlas Bound” (Accademia). They are partway carved from their block of marble but, never finished, they are forever ...read more

  • First Steps

    Contributed on Dec 21, 2021
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    December 23, 1776 Thomas Paine wrote “These are the times that try men’s souls” in reference to “summer soldiers” who fought well in Spring and Summer but gave up and went home in the cold.

    December 23, 1776 Thomas Paine wrote “These are the times that try men’s souls” in reference to “summer soldiers” who fought well in Spring and Summer but gave up and went home in the cold. It was a statement read to the Colonial army at Valley Forge before they crossed the Delaware and attacked ...read more

  • Give Peace A Chance

    Contributed on Dec 21, 2021
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    During Christmas in 1914 the German and Western armies made an unofficial cease fire unsanctioned by the command staff of the armies.

    During Christmas in 1914 the German and Western armies made an unofficial cease fire unsanctioned by the command staff of the armies. This came about because of a request from Pope Benedict XV who earlier suggested a ceasing of warfare during Christmas. The move Joyeux Noel or Merry Christmas ...read more

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  • For All Of Its Foibles—-Lousy Preaching, ...

    Contributed on Jan 27, 2010
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    "For all of its foibles—-lousy preaching, political infighting, self-centered focus, stagnation, a gaggle of special interest groups—-the pokey local church...is still the most fertile environment for spiritual development. In fact, there can be no genuine spiritual progress without a long-term ...read more

  • Scrubs Christmas Voiceover

    Contributed on Nov 10, 2009
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    SCRUBS CHRISTMAS VOICEOVER The cast of the TV Show Scrubs have done a number of satirical looks at various things. The did a voice over of "Charlie Brown’s Christmas" and Dr. Cox does the Linus soliloquy which originally was the story of Christmas from the gospel. This post-modern version [IMHO] ...read more

  • Consider

    Contributed on Nov 10, 2009
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    Consider "The Christmas Pledge" in Jo Robinson and Jean Staehali’s book Unplug the Christmas Machine. They write, "Believing in the true spirit of Christmas I commit myself to: • Remember those who truly need my gifts • Express my love in more direct ways than gifts • Examine my holiday ...read more

  • Christmas Pants

    Contributed on Nov 10, 2009
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    CHRISTMAS PANTS I told you about a pair of guys who had exchanged the same pair of moleskin pants for over a decade. Each year they tried to outdo one another with the only rules being they couldn’t damage the pants and they had to use scrap material. I’d left the story with Kunkel having ...read more

  • Pete Peterson Was The First U.s. Ambassador To ...

    Contributed on Nov 10, 2009
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    Pete Peterson was the first U.S. ambassador to Vietnam after the war. But it wasn’t his first time in Hanoi. Peterson was a POW from 1966 to 1972 at the prison camp named "Hanoi Hilton". When asked how he could return to the land where he’d endured years of starvation, brutality and torture, he ...read more