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COLUMN: A theory about kids and energy

Last week I experienced (endured, underwent?) an annual tradition at Christ’s Church on the River, and many other churches, called VBS. For those of you who don’t know VBS stands for Vacation Bible School. And it’s something else! Vacation Bible School began in Hopedale, Illinois way back in 1894. Sunday school teacher D. T. Miles, who also was a public …

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COLUMN: May I suggest we have too many holidays?

I think it’s interesting to stop every once in a while and pay attention to things that usually just slip right by me. One such topic is the number of holidays that occur during any given month. Here’s all the major holidays that I could find that happen in the month of May: May Day, Cinco de Mayo, National Teacher …

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COLUMN: Pro wrestling is real?

In case you didn’t know it, last night – April 8th – was this year’s ‘WrestleMania.’ No, I didn’t watch it, since I’m one cheap guy and refuse to pay for things like that. And no, the results of the matches aren’t important here at all. But there’s just one big point I want to make this month and here …

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COLUMN: The value of long time friendships

We hear a lot now days about the value of family and that’s good. I often think that the more the American family deteriorates, the more we talk about how important family is; as if we can make our families healthy and whole just by wishing! Of course it takes a lot more than that. But I don’t think we …

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COLUMN: Live! – Just Live

It’s amazing the kind of things that pass for news stories nowadays, isn’t it? Just the other day a news personality who I follow on social media mentioned the results of a new study and wondered what her followers thought of it. So I told her. This column is a longer, more thoughtful version of that response. As reported by …

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COLUMN: Enough with the hype!

At the beginning of a new year, I want to address something that’s been weighing on me for quite some time now. It’s something that we’d all be so much better off if there was a whole lot less of it in the world. I’m talking about hype. It blares at us from every corner. From the endless “breaking news” …

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COLUMN: Make it memorable

In case you missed it, it’s December already, and I’m already a few days late with this column. So don’t ask me what happened to the rest of 2017 because obviously I have no idea! We have less than a month left till the year is over and I’m a year older and a bit befuddled about how all this …

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COLUMN: Impossible Possibilities

So I was checking out the headlines on some of the websites I like to visit when I came to a crashing halt. “Scientists Say the Universe Shouldn’t Exist.” Yeah, that caught my eye. It turns out that, according to the theories and mathematical models developed to try and understand it, the universe should have never formed in the first …

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COLUMN: I Just Might Be Doing Something Wrong!

Sometimes things in life just don’t go as you want them to or thought they would. Here it is early October and I’m just about to leave on vacation. I didn’t originally plan things this way nor did I want to be vacationing this late in the year, but here it is. Due to all kinds of scheduling changes and …

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COLUMN: Change

Everything is changing. Some people like it, some don’t. As you get older (which unfortunately I seem to be doing despite my best efforts to the contrary) change is something that often gets more difficult to accept. But never mind, because whether you approve of or accept change or not, it’s always happening and always will, long after you and …

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