July to December 2018

In Our Way

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I made a goal of riding 60 miles on my bike for my 60th birthday. So I picked out the morning where it was forecasted to have light winds and set off around the bike trail. I wasn’t feeling the best that morning, hadn’t ridden for over a week, and was starting to sort out […]

July to December 2018

Measuring Almost

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Between my junior and senior year of high school, I spent three months in Ghana as an exchange student, living with a family. Toward the end of my trip, we visited the home village of my family. One day we went on a hike and ate sugar cane along the way.  Basically you strip the […]

July to December 2018

Trust

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I was sitting in a coffee shop and the person next to me began speaking to me. He was very talkative, very intelligent, and very mentally ill. I would say we had a conversation, but that would mean I would have had the ability to say words in response. He covered a wide range of […]

July to December 2018

Rock Wall

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This past week our youngest son was married. It was an enjoyable week of preparation and so grateful to be able to spend time with our kids, friends, and family. One day before the wedding, I went to the store to buy some items and received a call from my daughter-in-law-to-be. She needed some brown […]

July to December 2018

Who Is The Driver?

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I’ve driven a lot of miles for jobs that I’ve held. In a past position, I averaged over 30,000 miles a year. My current position, I don’t travel that many miles but I end up driving in many of the major metropolitan areas. Because I need something to do, I play the game – who […]

Jan to June 2018

Children of God

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In his book, The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives, Lee Strobel outlines his stories of grace, the stories of other’s lives, and their intersection with God and grace. The opening story about Stephanie simply grabbed me. She was a bi-racial child born during the Korean War. After the war, […]

Jan to June 2018

Discovering Wonder

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I came upon an advertisement that promoted a waterfall excursion in northeast Minnesota. Basically from Duluth to the Canadian border or if you know the shape of the state, we went up to the top, right tip. A highway borders Lake Superior and along the way there are many places to see waterfalls. We asked […]

Jan to June 2018

Happy Meal Toys

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I was listening to a speaker who had just returned from Guatemala. She was talking about how happy the children were. She talked about how excited the kids were to receive worthless toys from McDonalds and other toss-away trinkets. She said they were so happy with nothing, when we have everything here. It hit me […]

Jan to June 2018

Still, Small Voice

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or on a Sabbath from social media, you’ve probably heard about the Yanny & Laurel debate. It’s an electronically produced voice, saying a word and some hear Yanny and some people hear the word Laurel. The science behind it is the two words have surprisingly similar sound waves […]

Jan to June 2018

What Happened to May Day?

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My granddaughter called me the morning of May 1 and I asked her what she was up to. I got the usual, “Oh, nothing.” Then I told her it is May Day and when I was her age, we delivered small baskets of candy to our friends. “Really?” Of course, she had to ask grandma […]