Monthly Archives: August 2014

“You Raise Me Up”…More Than a Song…A Verity for Each New Day

She is not Josh Groban. But, the voice…the sparkle…the beauty…and the truth sings. This beautiful young girl is six years old. I am sure you have heard, “You Raise Me Up” before, sung with power and a depth of inspiration … Continue reading

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Dead Before He Hit The Floor

He was dead before he hit the floor. Faster than snapping a finger…or even catching him to soften the fall. Yes, dead is dead is dead. But. Ullmann was my best friend. He was in Chicago, our family in Lakewood, … Continue reading

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A Cowboy Teaches A City Slicker

Ah, we finally progressed from e-mails to a telephone conversation. Have mentioned, somewhat recently, that Slim Randles and I have struck upon gold—or maybe oil—or maybe simply good thoughts and common ground. Slim writes for about 1,000 newspapers[okay something less … Continue reading

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Gratitude…A New Perspective From Yale’s President

I never get tired of saying this: may your gratitude ALWAYS trump your presumptions. Truth blunt, the people for whom I have the least regard are the ones who personify and spread ingratitude. I know something about unrequited love. Yet … Continue reading

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In Memory Of Robin Williams

I heard in a broadcast highlight of the National Football League’s Hall of Fame evening, one of the honoree’s said the goal of life is to “Die empty.” That means a lot to me, suggesting we are to give our … Continue reading

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Zoe, The Two-Year-Old Preacher

The title is clear: Zoe. The Two-Year-Old Preacher Goes like this: Zoe does not like to sleep. The crafty schemer she is, Zoe deploys multiple strategies with one purpose…to keep awake. One night recently, as her father was trying his … Continue reading

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When The Winds Are Against You

It’s hard to preach a biblical story that parishioners know better than well. You kind readers know it no less…Jesus walking on water from Matthew 14:22-33. In fact, tempting—almost tempting to the point of doing it—this is a passage when … Continue reading

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