Thursday, December 24th, 2015 10:22:51

God’s Grace and Love

Memories fill our Christmas tree. It stands in our living room, filled with white lights and ornaments. Our ornaments reflect the life of our family: varied and interesting, some old, some new, some precious and some ordinary.

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Thursday, December 17th, 2015 10:22:04

This Season, Spread the Joy

One Christmas season when I was in elementary school, during the long, lean years when my father was running for U.S. Congress (he lost twice before winning), my family's Christmas tree was the castoff from the local middle school. My....

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Thursday, December 10th, 2015 10:21:28

The Power of Naming

Last Wednesday's attack in San Bernardino, which left 14 people dead, was carried out by radical Islamists whose actions shook the nation. Four days later, President Barack Obama sought to reassure the American people in a rare address from the....

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 10:20:50

Let Your Presence Be Your Present This Season

December is often the time of too many events, too many parties, too many obligations, too many gifts and too much family. There are quite a few Decembers in my recent memory where I did too much, slept too little....

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Friday, November 27th, 2015 09:39:05

Your Presence as your Present

This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. It is the season that marks the expectation, the waiting and the preparation for Christmas, the celebration of Christ's birth. It also marks the beginning of the church year, when the readings and....

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Thursday, November 26th, 2015 10:17:53

Give More Thanks, and Pass the Mayonnaise

While a few members of my extended family celebrate Thanksgiving as a prelude to the sales that follow Thanksgiving, I think of it as the day before the turkey leftovers. To me, there is nothing better than a leftover turkey....

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Thursday, November 19th, 2015 10:17:24

Leadership — a Study in Contrast

When terrible events happen, leaders address the safety concerns of their communities, and then reach out to various factions to ensure a solution is reached. They bring people together and work with them to be successful. Events of this past....

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Thursday, November 12th, 2015 10:16:51

Celebrate Veterans

This week we celebrate Veterans Day, a day of appreciation and gratitude for all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. For me, the day hits close to home. My grandfather served as a career Army officer. My....

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Thursday, November 5th, 2015 10:16:19

Words Matter

Last Thursday, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was elected speaker of the House. At 45, he is the youngest person to get that job -- other than the only younger speaker, James G. Blaine, who was elected in 1869 when he....

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Thursday, October 29th, 2015 10:15:45

Lady Liberty

On October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, who proclaimed at that time, "We will not forget that Liberty has made her home here, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected. ... A stream....

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