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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 12:43:00

Conflict – The Story of Life

Driving my children to and from various events earlier this week, we had a discussion about what makes a good story. They are both working on writing a book (as am I -- we'll see who finishes first). Stories, I....

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Thursday, April 5th, 2012 12:40:54

Easter Service

Growing up in rural Georgia, Easter meant not only the resurrection of Jesus, but also a new Sunday dress, a hat, gloves and more chocolate than I could eat, at least at one time. My sister Kathy and I would....

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 12:33:55

It’s Still the Economy

"It's the economy, stupid" is the infamous mantra conceived by political consultant James Carville that underscored the main issue driving the 1992 presidential race. A few months later, Bill Clinton replaced George H.W. Bush (41) as president, and it was....

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 12:31:28

Ohio, Georgia and Life on the Campaign Trail

As one former speaker of the House famously said, "All politics is local." It wasn't my dad, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said that, but the illustrious Tip O'Neill -- a down-to-earth Massachusetts Democrat who understood the power of local....

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Thursday, March 15th, 2012 12:33:17

Driven by Family

It's interesting what drives people toward their goals. For some, it is fame, fortune or celebrity. For others, it's personal achievement, parents pushing or peer pressure that has been internalized. Some seem to have no drive at all -- there....

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Thursday, March 8th, 2012 12:32:36

Those Who Know Us Best

I've come to realize that it's often not very telling if those who don't know someone well love them the most. After all, what they often see is the thin veneer of outward appearances. Dress, manners, gestures -- they see....

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 12:30:26

After Mardi Gras: a Time for Reflection, Reconnection and Humility

Lent began this week on Feb. 22. It ends April 8 with the celebration of Easter. In the Christian tradition, the Lenten period is a time of fasting and prayer, preparation and reflection in anticipation of Easter, which commemorates the....

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Thursday, February 16th, 2012 12:29:35

Where Strength Comes From

This year for Presidents Day, instead of buying a new appliance, I'm urging all of us to mark the holiday by reading George Washington's Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural. I know. Focusing on two great presidents on Presidents....

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Thursday, February 9th, 2012 12:28:54

The Long Haul

My first marathon was New York in 1992. I trained with a group for months but had never gone a full 26.2 miles before the start of the race. Turns out that's something you ought to do. The New York....

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Thursday, February 9th, 2012 12:28:10

Transition Challenges

Transitional phases are never easy. Whether it's remodeling a kitchen, rearranging the furniture or cleaning out a closet, the transitional phase is always a bit messy. This past month, we had our children's bathroom remodeled. We put it off for....

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