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Let’s keep America exceptional

I want to take a moment to share why I’m proud to be an American. A lot of other countries have made a point of priding themselves on their purity. They have draconian restrictions on who can be a citizen, … Continue reading

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An unexpected phone call

I got a call earlier today from my friend Tom. We caught up, talked about the fiasco the president has been making of immigration and human rights lately, and since he’s been under the weather lately, I asked him how … Continue reading

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What it means to be a father

Being a dad means you’re there … to hold them at night so mom can sleep. … to change stinky diapers, kiss skinned knees, and sit awake alll night at the hospital. … to see their dance recitals, listen to … Continue reading

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‘Ware the minotaur in the school

Every day this school year as I have dropped Youngest off for school, I have called after her, “Watch out for the minotaur!” She asked me once to stop. My reaction: But if what she forgets to watch out, and … Continue reading

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When a sacrament is just lunch

Eat some bread and drink some wine during church, and it’s a sacrament we call Communion. Outside church, it’s lunch. During church, we can have all sorts of rules on how to celebrate the sacrament correctly. Does it have to … Continue reading

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In memoriam: Kathryn Risi

I can’t say I knew Kathryn well. Truth is, we did exactly one show together, and that was “Inherit the Wind” at Villagers Theatre. She played Rachel, the female lead, the girlfriend of the teacher whose science lessons on evolution … Continue reading

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Potatoes in a barrel

Last July when the vines had died, I took my youngest out to the garden to help me dig for potatoes. She didn’t have much enthusiasm for it, until about a minute into the job, when she hit a motherlode … Continue reading

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My ancestors were kicked out of the meeting

I was raised Presbyterian, but that’s not the only Christian sect in my family tree. I have several notable ancestors who were members of the Quaker meeting in Philadelphia back in the 1770s until they were removed. Think about this … Continue reading

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The twins meet their country idol

So there are these conjoined twins who are polar opposites. The one is loud, boisterous and extroverted. To her, life is an adventure, and she doesn’t want to miss a minute of it. Her sister is quiet and withdrawn, and … Continue reading

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Keith Green: ‘The Ministry Years’

Fundamentalism has a bad rap, and deservedly so, but as a friend of mine once said, “It depends what your fundamentals are.” I discovered Keith Green’s music back in college, and it’s had a profound effect on my life. If … Continue reading

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