Muhammad Ali’s Gravestone
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It sits in Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery facing Mecca. Made of gray granite, the stone arch simply reads “Ali.” In Louisville, and in most of the rest of America, that is all the name that is needed. Muhammad Ali, known as Cassius Clay until his conversion to the Nation of Islam in 1964, is regarded by many (most?) (all?) as the greatest heavyweight boxer ever. He died in June of 2016 at the age of 74. The Champ had suffered... Read More
4 tips to enjoy summer
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Ah, summer! Back when my kiddos were small, it seemed like we had plenty of time for everything. Now, with only two years before my oldest graduates from high school, trying to hold on to the time we have left feels like holding on to sand. That’s why this summer was going to be my “Choose Wisely” summer. Last summer, we said yes to just about every opportunity for my kids to stay involved and active. It was too much.... Read More
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Ah, June! The most popular season to watch people get married—to themselves. What? Yep!  In a small, yet growing trend, women are practicing sologamy. At this self-wedding ceremony, the woman wears a wedding dress, gives herself a ring, and vows to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part. The website IMarriedMe.com (which will sell you a self-marriage kit for $230 if... Read More
Is yours a clapping church?
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Do the members of your congregation clap in worship? Are they allowed? Bring up this subject and get ready for fireworks: “When we worship God, we must simply follow that which He has revealed to us in the New Testament. Hand clapping as an act of worship is not revealed in the New Testament. Therefore, in order to please God, we must leave it out of our worship! God demands respect for His Word. To add to it or to... Read More
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Moms, let’s all admit that we’re good at the busy mom martyrdom game. We love to play the victim of our circumstances.  I suggest you avoid asking me about our family’s schedule anywhere between May through September each year, because I will likely whine/subtly brag about how we have 12 weddings to attend and how nearly every weekend is booked and how I have soooo little time for myself or my own little family. If I’m honest, there is sin—both... Read More
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Sometimes it’s just hard, isn’t it? This world is heavy. The more you grow up, the more you live with the reality of pain and sadness and loneliness and messiness. This is why we are constantly looking for something to make this world better.  A new leader, a new boss, a new exercise, a new job, a new spouse, a new diet, a new pair of shoes, a new house, a new drink, a new year. All because “new” gives... Read More
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We are all believers in the miracles of modern medicine. We like to assume that all problems associated with infant mortality will just go away. But even though the rate has been significantly reduced in first-world countries, babies still die before they are even born: Through miscarriage, usually defined as a death occurring in the first 20 weeks. They are much more common than most people realize. Researchers estimate that 15-20%, or even as high as 25%, of all pregnancies... Read More
Dear graduates
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Congratulations! I’m sure you’ve heard all the speeches now about going out and changing the world. If you’re a big dreamer, I hope you reach those dreams and persevere until they come true. And, frankly, if you want to change just your corner of the world in quiet, little ways, I hope you reach those dreams too. After all, the world needs quiet, gentle citizens just as much as it needs bold, dynamic leaders. For all the plans that you... Read More
Unclaimed treasure
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Are you a buyer of lottery tickets? I hope you aren’t, but I would still like you if you were. Garrison Keillor said that the lottery is a tax on people who are not good at math. Early this year somebody bought a Powerball ticket at a gas station in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. In the March 22 drawing, that ticket became a winner. The jackpot by then had grown to $156.2 million. But here’s the thing—you don’t register your name with... Read More
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My post last week focused on suicide, mental health, and depression in teenagers. But you’re a grown-up now. What about you—and the struggles you’re going through? This world isn’t what we thought it would be. Maybe you’re a millennial and adulthood hasn’t been everything you were promised. For those in the military, serving your country sounds great, but the things you’ve seen and the stress you’ve been under means you understand why the suicide rate is so high among those... Read More