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Jul.16.2011
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Fifteen years ago last week, I was sitting in the Trans World Airlines cafeteria located in Hanger 12, JFK Airport in New York. I was talking to some crew members who had just finished their FAA required Annual Emergency Review. As their instructor for this class, I always enjoyed hearing the in-...
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Jun.24.2011
Peter Falk
During my time working with the homeless, it was important to track their history so as to assist them in filing paperwork for state/federal assistance. The majority of the homeless population is not that open to share their past; so a great deal of investigation and trust had to be established....
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Oct.29.2010
Castle
As a child of the 50's and now entering the 6th decade of my life, I looked forward to ringing in this new and exciting decade by going to Disneyland. To walk down Main Street U.S.A, to hum " Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, My, oh my, what a wonderful day." Watching actors dressed like...
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Oct.07.2010
Tree of Life
My community recently lost a very humble man. Ron Elliott. His name was not a household name. Yet, many  saw him downtown.  Ron was homeless for many years, living in several shelters and most recently, a deplorable rental unit eight blocks from the state capitol. Ron had nothing, asked for...
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Sep.17.2010
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“Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.” Martha Beck   O (Oprah) Magazine, Growing Wings, January 2004 When my wife became ill with MS, my ability to manage a full time...
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Sep.10.2010
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In was in the late fall of 1967, I had just turned 17 years old when my father took me to the job site of what would be called the World Trade Center. New York City was in the midst of a building boom. The 1964 World's Fair had just finished a few years back and it seemed everywhere you walked,...
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Aug.02.2010
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Recently the author Anne Rice decided in private, and then made it public via Facebook, that she could no longer follow the Christian religion. She wrote that, “My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn't understand, to an optimistic...
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Jul.22.2010
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Well, the results are all in. My wife has cancer and it can only be removed surgically. No radiation or chemotherapy for this type of cancer. “Surgery is the only weapon,” the doctor told us. “And the sooner the better.” I personally believe prayer is a more formidable weapon and thusly many...
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Jul.18.2010
Life's Road
  Chapter 1 “Got Some Bad News For You” My wife and I leave our doctor’s office; arm in arm. Not only because of the romance we have for each other, but because of her MS and the unbalance that comes along with this disease she has. We have been seeing this doctor for many years. He is a good man....
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Jun.17.2010
Desk of C.S. Lewis; The Kilns, Oxford
Dear Mr. Lewis, (or may I call you Jack?) Over the years when teaching from the Bible, I often told my students they should read the Bible not read books about the Bible. However, like a sneaky young lad underneath a blanket, reading what his parents said he shouldn’t, there I am at night with a...
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Jun.14.2010
I recently have been reading about the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy that the pentagon is re-writing. What I understand this would allow homosexuals to serve in the military under certain conditions. Many Americans are against this new approach and many Americans say it is way overdue. Reading...
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Jun.03.2010
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During my time working with the homeless, it was important to track their history so as to assist them in filing paperwork for state/federal assistance. The majority of the homeless population is not that open to share their past; so a great deal of investigation and trust had to be established....
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May.30.2010
Imagine having Memorial Day every day?  In the small town of Ypres, Belgium, for over 80 years, the local townsfolk gather every night, 365 days a year, at the medieval town entrance called the Menin Gate. This is not  a religious gathering,but more of a pilgrimage. For at this town towards the...
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May.24.2010
Leningrad 1942
During my research on a book I am writing, I had the opportunity to meet a Russian citizen whose grandparents surived the Seige of Leningrad(St. Petersburg). Incredible stories that I have read about over the years entered my heart as I heard these accounts from their grandson.  Leningrad’s...
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May.21.2010
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I recall Peggy saying 'yes' when I asked her to dance at our 8th grade graduation dance in 1964. Not knowing all the intricacies of “slow dancing” as it was called back then; I did know it was the closest thing to having sex while 10 nuns were watching you. When “Unchained Melody” played, it...
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