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Personal Letters

In my desk at work, I have file marked, “Memories.”  In it are three separate folders, all containing personal letters.  The first set is letters that my mom saved that were from me while I was in Army boot camp back in 1986.  The second set is marked “UMass letters” and are letters that I… Continue reading Personal Letters

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In Real Life

It’s a feeling of being not-quite-there. It’s visceral, and it’s sensory at the same time. Your visual  faculties need adjusting as things don’t look quite right. You’re taking steps, walking slowly, even a bit gingerly so perhaps you won’t lose your balance. It’s like the world you’re in isn’t quite real.  Know the feeling? We’ve… Continue reading In Real Life

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Doubter’s Anonymous

On April 11, 1986 I arrived at Fort Benning’s “Welcome Center” for Army Basic Training.  I was immediately briefed on what I was allowed to bring with me to my company (and it wasn’t much).  There would be dire consequences for being caught with anything prohibited. We were then given the opportunity to enter a… Continue reading Doubter’s Anonymous

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‘Tis the Season – for Spiritual Gifts

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday.   What do all these have in common? These three days Americans are urged to spend their money in preparation for the gift-giving season that climaxes on Christmas Day.  Our consumer economy has most certainly learned how to capitalize on what many call, “The Season of Giving.” God,… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season – for Spiritual Gifts

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The Big Story

Wouldn’t it be awesome to see a live dinosaur? I well remember when the movie “Jurassic Park” came out in 1993.  I was particularly interested because I thought, well, it would be the closest I’d ever get to a live dinosaur.  And I was so excited about it, I not only watched the movie, but… Continue reading The Big Story

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Slow Down in the Curves

Not being a native New Englander, one thing I very quickly noticed as a newcomer from the Midwest was that the roads around the area are very curvy! Even a drive to the grocery store, a mere 1.4 miles away, includes several bends. I’m amazed at home many times my hands must cross my body… Continue reading Slow Down in the Curves

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Take It Outside

When I was a kid, I loved to go fishing. During my Junior High years, mom would drop me and a couple friends at a lake and we would fish all day long. When I got old enough, I’d ride my bike. One morning, I really hit the jackpot! Just like the family cat after… Continue reading Take It Outside

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The Truth of Trusts

As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. (Mark 2:14) As we read the stories about Jesus in the Bible, it’s easy to see how the first disciples followed Jesus.  They just left what they were… Continue reading The Truth of Trusts

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Spiritual Capital

“It takes money to make money.”  Americans instinctively understand the concept of financial capital, which is money used by businesses to start and continue producing products and services.  The more money is moving in a certain sector, the more businesses thrive. Then there’s the concept of social capital, which are social networks of relationships among… Continue reading Spiritual Capital

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Dare to Imagine!

"I can only imagine what it will be like When I walk, by your side I can only imagine what my eyes will see When your face is before me."   Those are the first few lines of MercyMe’s 1999 hit song.  They invite the listener to exercise their imaginations forward to a face-to-face encounter… Continue reading Dare to Imagine!