It Seemed Right at the Moment…

lemming-cartoonIn my experience, whenever I have found myself thinking or saying, “it seemed right at the moment”, it is essentially a confession admitting that it inevitably turned out to be the WRONG thing to do. This is not all that serious if it involves choices which merely result in an embarrassing situation or a recoverable financial loss. It becomes more Continue reading

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Bee Kind…

Honey bees SwedenHoney is an amazing food source. I have used honey in a sandwich with peanut butter; as a sugar substitute on cold and hot cereal; as a sweetener in hot and cold drinks; in baking cookies and breads, just to name a few. It also apparently has medicinal value. I found honey to be very soothing on a sore throat. My wife—who teaches in the medical field—informs me that is can also be used to fight infection. Honey does not spoil despite Continue reading

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A Prosperous New Year…

5848294B-0835-4E24-8500-21C4CD654456It is New Year’s Eve as I write this, sitting in Chicago O’Hare airport waiting to get on to a flight back home. Nearly every person we have met as we travel on this day has either greeted us, or sent us off with a “Happy New Year” and we have responded in kind. On this last day of the year it just seems a courteous thing to do to wish another person good health and prosperity in the year to come. This is after all, what we wish for Continue reading

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Poverty Redefined…

EF306345-AEA7-44BE-BB54-F84F4454FB90.jpegOne of the ongoing goals of humanity in the twentieth century has been the eradication of poverty. While this is an admirable objective, it is one that will likely never be entirely achievable for at least two reasons. The first is that we have defined poverty from a material perspective, and the second is that we have already been informed by a very reliable source that “the poor will always be with us”. I am Continue reading

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Pride is Not a Virtue…

9D18A646-3206-4844-96AC-441FAABCF477“At least I still have my pride” is a statement sometimes from a person after navigating a potentially embarrassing situation. My assumption of what is meant by this is that they are attempting to shore up their remaining self-respect and assure themselves that they have not lost face in the view of any people who may have witnessed whatever it was Continue reading

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Life, Death, and Hope…

IMG_4625Today I became an orphan. My father passed away about eight years ago, and my mother went to join him today. Yesterday was her ninetieth birthday. Our family has been planning a big birthday celebration for her since last summer. We are still going to get together, but I suspect this will likely change the tone of our gathering a little. Continue reading

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The Price of Wisdom…

downloadThere are things that money can buy—like food, clothing and transportation, and then there are the things money cannot buy, which, like the VISA commercial tells us, are priceless. We live in a culture where money represents power. The more money we have access to, the more power and control we are able to wield. Today’s proverb reminds us Continue reading

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