What's your story?
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There’s a pretty important game being played this Sunday. (Maybe you’ve seen or heard something about it.) The downside is watching the footage of the losses your team suffered at the hands of the two teams in the championship. (Unless, of course, you’re a Broncos or Panthers fan. In that case, enjoy the day!) The upside is watching the replays of the most memorable Super Bowl plays. You know, the ones that highlight the beauty of sports—the sheer joy, determination,... Read More
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Wheaton College is in a struggle for its soul, and a black female professor in a Muslim hijab (head scarf) is at the center. Founded by abolitionists in 1860 and once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the college claims Rev. Billy Graham as one of its alumni. His Billy Graham Center for evangelism, museum, and archives are located on the Wheaton campus. The school seeks to position itself as the premier school for Christian evangelicals. Two hundred and eleven... Read More
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Full disclosure preamble: This post seems to be most appropriate for those who lived through Snowzilla 2016 or who live in typically cold, wintery places. Those of you who happen to be snowbirds or dwell in the South year-round may not quite relate. (You know who you are . . . the ones who post cute memes about 70 degrees in January.) For you, these principles apply more in summer when it’s 116 degrees out or you have 103 degrees... Read More
The Next America
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That’s the title of the book I’m working through currently. It was written in 2014 by Paul Taylor and the Pew Research Center, the nonpartisan think tank founded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Some kind person gave it to me, and it was next on my pile of books to read. I’m not even done with it yet, but I’m so impressed that I have to share some insights with you.  Mr. Taylor and his team are not interested in... Read More
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I’m not that great at math, but that was a huge amount of money split three ways in last week’s record-breaking Powerball drawing.  I know I wasn’t the only one who spent a few minutes daydreaming about what I would do with that sudden windfall. Posts and comments on multiple places from multiple people showed the dreams, the one point something billion dollar dreams. (Technically about $922 million after-tax dreams.) Some people vowed to provide for animal shelters.  Others wanted... Read More
Prisoner #7089
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Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is a national holiday, but the millions of people who have the day off school or work probably won’t give much more thought to his legacy than we do for America’s war dead on Memorial Day or for the labor movement on Labor Day. On those days we may spare a fleeting thought perhaps, but it seems the only people who really care about the memorial in Memorial Day are veterans and military people, and... Read More
What a year!
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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Thus spake Charles Dickens in his famous first lines of A Tale of Two Cities. I’m going to make a prediction that when historians look back on 2015, they will see quite a few major societal shifts happening more or less all at the same time. TIME magazine’s Joel Stein calls 2015 the “Year the Adults Gave Up.” There was a lot of bad in 2015. It was... Read More
Crying for justice!
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Our country’s judicial system has been under heavy scrutiny lately. Thanks to the producers of Making a Murderer—Netflix’s series on convicted murderer Steven Avery—people all over the world have been debating whether or not Avery, who was found guilty of murdering Teresa Halbach in 2005, was wrongfully convicted. (After all, he had been wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in 1985. So many believe he is innocent of the murder that hundreds of thousands of people signed a petition at change.org,... Read More
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Large companies, nonprofits, and small businesses all have mission statements. These words or sentences help them stay focused and pursue their goals without getting sidetracked or distracted. When you think about it, families are the first place where children will see a “business” in action. This group of people works together to reach goals, coordinates schedules, negotiates disagreements, builds on strengths, and works on weaknesses. Yet few people take the time to define their own family’s values.  As we start... Read More
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If I read one more blog post or self-improvement book that 1) doesn’t talk about God at all or 2) uses god with a lowercase “g” or the Universe with an uppercase “u,” I’m going to lose it.  Well, okay, I’m being a little dramatic. And I will continue to come across this God-less approach to self-help for the rest of my life—I adore the topic of personal growth and reading about it. (Confession: I’m a sucker for a catchy... Read More