Monthly Archives: December 2011

A little respect for the garbage man

This is a bad week to be a trash man.  Wikipedia I survey the bags of crumbled Christmas wrapping, the empty computer and television cartons, and the black bags containing the remains of the big dinner piled along the streets. Each morning, … Continue reading

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What’s not to love about the GPS? With millions of miles of roads, attractions, gas stations and destinations, there’s no reason to buy a map ever again. Piggybacking off military satellites, American companies have found ways to tap into the invisible … Continue reading

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The bells on Christmas Day — The song and the story

One of my favorite Christmas songs is I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, taken from a poem penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem was written in the middle of America’s Civil War — and the despair engulfed the … Continue reading

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Fear Not, My Friend

They were amazing words, echoing across the sheep-filled grasses, a billion blinking stars danced in approval “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”  Flikr Photo by galibert olivier … Continue reading

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If we will take the trip, he’ll light the sky

My life isn’t really all that deliberate. In fact, most of my blessings I have just stumbled into. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at my good things in my life and wondered, “how in the world did I … Continue reading

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Blue Christmas: For those who have lost

Image via Wikipedia Listen to the radio and you’ll hear Elvis croon his Christmas classic. “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.” Nancy Fransen, who blogs at Out of My Alleged Mind, wrote about the loss of her father, and … Continue reading

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What’s buried in my back yard?

I took one my mother’s shovels and worked diligently for a week after school in the empty lot across the street. I was on a treasure hunt, certain I would find enough money for a new bike or maybe enough … Continue reading

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Featuring posts from the High Calling

It’s my great privilege to feature a few bloggers from the High Calling network of nearly 1,800 members.. You’re going to enjoy these great voices from all around the world. Christine Sine at GodSpace always writes about provocative subjects that make me think And … Continue reading

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How to bear good fruit from an imperfect family tree

He was called a bastard son.  It was outrageous really. His mother was just a young teen. The father was much older and there hadn’t been a marriage. The tongues wagged, clicking at the impropriety. And the angel story really was … Continue reading

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The temple of America: Thoughts on consumerism

The Black Friday deaths last week were sad commentaries on our society. People died because we needed our stuff. They were crushed because of our greed, our consumption and worship of the idol of self. Our culture values material things … Continue reading

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