Jan to June 2016

Behold

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I have the spiritual gift of skepticism. Now it’s not all bad.  It served me well as a middle school principal. When dealing with discipline situations, I found it was good to be a bit skeptical.  You have to see the truth interwoven through stories and perspectives. And that’s just the parents. Awhile back, I […]

Jan to June 2016

Climb Your Own Mountains

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Stories of people who overcome great obstacles are engaging and inspirational.  I’ve read Nick Vujicic’s book Unstoppable, about how a man with no arms and legs has dared and achieved much, speaks regularly, is deeply religious, and started a nonprofit – Life Without Limbs. I remember following the news about Bethany Hamilton who in 2003, […]

Jan to June 2016

Birding vs. Birders

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A couple eons ago, I was a middle school science teacher.  The high school science teacher at the school is a birder and took students on 3-4 birding trips each year.  I tagged along and learned a lot about birdwatching. We went on eagle trips to the Missouri River, migratory bird areas to see waterfowl, […]

Jan to June 2016

Caretaker

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Our mother, Evelyn Roepke Blumer, is the product of a two-story, stucco farmhouse near a wandering creek and nestled between fields of waving wheat and sunflowers in central Kansas.  The brick church wasn’t far from the family homestead and wasn’t far from their lives and mom’s upbringing. The word I have for mom is caretaker.  […]

Jan to June 2016

Humble Servant

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My father, Boyd Blumer, started from humble beginnings.  The farm where he grew up was modest, farming less than one section of land to feed a family of seven.  He began his education in a one-room school house that he walked or rode horse to and from (allegedly in waist deep snow, uphill, in 80 […]

Jan to June 2016

Hot Coal Wisdom

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When our son was almost two years old, we were camping and he spent the day picking up rocks.  He picked up one near the campfire that actually turned out to be a coal.  It was a painful lesson for our son.  And for us. There are lessons that only can be learned by going […]

Jan to June 2016

Really Really Promise

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My granddaughter wanted me to pick her up from daycare, so we arranged it with her parents that I would get her the following day.  I told her it was all set, I would pick her up tomorrow. “Do you promise, papa?” “Yes, I promise,” I replied. “Do you really, really promise, papa?” Me the […]

Jan to June 2016

Doesn’t Exist Much

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One of my favorite things to do as a kid was go roller skating. They would open the school gym and you’d key or tighten metal roller skates to your hard shoes. Not only do these not exist much, the next generation with boot skates and roller rinks are pretty much gone.  That doesn’t even […]

Jan to June 2016

Languages

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When I was middle school age, I decided that I would learn to speak Russian. I thought their symbols were intriguing and liked the ruggedness of the language. Checked out a book from the library and spent 15-20 minutes of intensive study before setting the book aside.  Did I learn Russian? Nyet. In high school, […]

Jan to June 2016

Bad Things Happen

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A number of years ago I began listening to sermons. Frankly, it began because of a pastor who was a poor preacher and I needed to get fed somewhere, so started looking for sermons. Many churches now post audio and/or video sermons and it’s interesting to hear different styles and perspectives. On a recent business […]