Flamingo!

A while back, I was telling one of my fabulous stories when my daughter interrupted me. “Dad,” Abby sighed, “you’ve already told me this one.” “I have?” I asked. “Are you sure?” “Yes. You’ve been repeating yourself a lot lately.” I think this was my daughter’s way of telling me that I was...

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Will Heaven be Vetted?

I’ve seen this meme pop up after President Trump issued a January 27 executive order to ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries from coming into the United States. I’m not sure whether the creator of this meme is making a political or theological point – or perhaps both. Here’s what the...

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Grace in the Grocery Line

A fitness instructor at my gym was at the grocery store the other day. Two people were ahead of her in line: a middle-aged man and a woman in her 70s. When the total was rung up for the woman, the man pulled out some cash and paid her bill....

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It’s Not About Getting Your Way

The anger in the national air right now is as thick as London fog. People are digging into position as the political divide widens. Some have marched, others have looted, many take to social media to try to shut the “other side” up with their version of the facts. As tempting as it may...

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The Saddest Ending of All

I finally caught La La Land, the romcom that has created quite a buzz since its release on December 9 of last year. The Oscars haven’t even been given out yet, and it’s already collected enough awards to sink a canoe. I loved the movie. It’s a stylistic flick that harks back...

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The Magnificent Obsession

Meet Remy, the wire-haired fox terrier. According to his humans on Facebook, he passed away last week after a happy dog life of over 17 years. His family is missing him, of course, but they will be chuckling over some of his antics for a long time – like the one...

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5 Bible Verses for Epiphany

January 6 marks the end of one season on the Christian calendar – Christmastide – and the beginning of a new one – Epiphany. With origins in the Eastern church stretching back centuries, Epiphany celebrates a variety of events, including the baptism of Jesus, the miracle at Cana, the Nativity, and the...

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Intrusion or Invitation?

My wife surprised me with a whirlwind trip to New York at Christmas. Seeing the Big Apple during the holidays was on my bucket list, so I soaked in everything from the sparkling Rockefeller Center tree to the Rockettes holiday show. It was a grand trip made even grander by our...

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