Monthly Archives: November 2012

“THE CHRISTMAS STORY . . . SORT OF”

Wally Purling was a big, clumsy boy who was emotionally-challenged. At age nine he was in the 2nd grade, not the 4th grade. Fortunately Wally was well-liked by his classmates even though he was often prevented from playing in games … Continue reading

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS!

On December 25, many famous people have been born. Actors Humphrey Bogart and Sissy Spacek were both born on December 25. Scientific genius Sir Isaac Newton was born on this day. Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross was … Continue reading

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TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING

Some of my most memorable Thanksgivings afternoons have been spent stretched out on the floor in front of the TV rooting for whoever is playing the Dallas Cowboys. All these floor exercises are done, of course, to make room for … Continue reading

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MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

J. William Stanton served for many years as a U.S. Congressman representing the State of Ohio. One of his most treasured possessions was a letter he received from the Chamber of Commerce in Painesville, Ohio, dated 1949. The letter declined … Continue reading

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“GIVING WHAT YOU CANNOT KEEP”

In January 1956, the world was shocked by the brutal killing of five American missionaries by Auca tribesmen in a remote section of the Ecuadorian jungle. Prior to their murder, these five missionaries sensed an urgency to reach the Aucas … Continue reading

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“CONSCIENCE”

There is a popular expression that says, “Let your conscience be your guide.” Sometimes that is good counsel but there are definite limits to that philosophy. A recent Dennis The Menace comic strip shows Dennis sitting on the kitchen counter … Continue reading

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FAMILY

In 1971, James Harris placed an interesting ad in the classified section of The Arkansas Democrat. The piece read, “Wanted: Needy Family For Single Father and His Son To Spend Christmas With.” His ad soon became a human- interest story … Continue reading

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