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Vote or shut up

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I have done my civic duty. I have voted in Tuesday’s election even though it is not yet Tuesday. I will be on a plane much of Tuesday so, thanks to absentee balloting, I have done my small but necessary part in the democratic process. Read More»

Ancient principles of success

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An ancient wise man once gave some advice to a young protégé that has value today. They are quite simple principles but, especially in today’s political and economic environment, seem refreshingly relevant. The four principles are:

1. Continue. That is, “Don’t quit — don’t give up.”

I was speaking to someone the other night about a mutual friend who had “thrown in the towel” on an important endeavor. My friend sadly remarked, “There are some things you learn in two-a-day summer football practices in the South that stay with you and one of these is that you just don’t quit.” Read More»

Members of the family

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I don’t remember how old I was when Butch died but I remember that I was devastated. He had been my constant friend and playmate and filled the hours during the summers and after school.
I remember him being a bulldog but black and white photos found recently reveal that he was some mixed version of a pit bull. My mother cried too even though she always maintained that she didn’t like the dog.

My dad buried him next to the dog house in the back yard where, I suppose, he still lies, unbeknownst to the current occupants of the house where I grew up. Read More»

More than survivors

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Pope Benedict XVI declared June 2009 to June 2010 to be “The Year of the Priest.” A number of denominations and church-related businesses have set aside each October as “Pastor Appreciation Month.”

The casual observer might wonder, “Why all the fuss? What is so special about being a priest or pastor and how hard could it be?”

The simple truth is that, if a person has been in the pastoral ministry for over five years, he or she is a survivor. As easy as it looks on Sunday, this job is not for the thin-skinned or the faint of heart. Read More»

A cautionary tale

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I have known for some time that one of the dangers to pastors, priests, social workers, counselors, and caregivers in general, is the failure to set appropriate boundaries. While people need help and while caregivers are usually compassionate, caring people, the lack of inviolate boundaries can result in dire consequences. This, then, is a cautionary tale. The story is true. Read More»

Criminally annoying

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Nicole Polizzi, known to the world that I apparently do not occupy as “Snooki” from the MTV show “Jersey Shore,” went to court recently on the charge of being criminally annoying. Can you really do that? People can really be arrested for being annoying? Who knew? How cool!

Back to the issue—Snooki, um ... Ms. Polizzi ... was arrested on July 30 for essentially “disturbing the peace” on a beach somewhere in New Jersey. Without getting into the lurid details, let’s just say that Snooki had a bit too much to drink and made a spectacle of herself. Read More»

We are not them

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Florida minister Terry Jones garnered world-wide headlines and the attention of President Barack Obama with his plans to burn copies of the Koran on Sept. 11.

Leaders in the government and the military warned that such an action would have severe consequences and result in the deaths of U. S. military personnel and American citizens and would aid the radical Islamists in their recruitment efforts. Read More»

Getting over 9/11

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Several days ago I was reading about the proposed mosque to be built near the scene of the 9/11 attacks in New York. The nationally known newspaper had interviewed a number of persons and the opinions on the subject were varied. One, however, stood out to me.

Commenting on the opposition to putting the mosque near the attack site, one person, a young American woman, said something like this: “The 9/11 attacks were nine years ago. Isn’t it about time people got over this?” Read More»

See you on the road

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Prior to a week and a half ago, I had never ridden a motorcycle in my life. Well, that’s not totally true. When I was 15, I took off on a friend’s bike and made it about 30 feet before I crashed. I bear the scar on my right shin to this day.

When my parents, who were adamantly opposed to motorcycles, saw the cut on my leg and inquired as to what happened, I told them that my wall locker at school was stuck and, when I jerked it open, the door hit my leg with such force that it gashed it. They bought it — I think. Read More»

Headline news

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In one of the local newspapers recently, the front page headlines read, “Fatal Shooting,” “Pedestrian Killed on Highway 34,” along with the announcement about the death of a local leader, and the news of six teenagers who were involved in a car accident. True enough, the headlines are often filled with disaster, death, and violence. Yet, on the same front page was this headline, “Children Help Firefighters Rescue Kitten from Drain.” Read More»

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