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Of Monuments and Memories

October 28, 2013 In early March, I added something to one of the bookshelves in my new office. It was a picture of the sanctuary of the Kirk of the Hills. Under the picture was a note indicating the years I had served as a pastor. I placed it on a shelf where I would … Continued

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Life Insurance–Is It Enough?

October 21, 2013 In February 2013, I was faced with the decision about what to do with my life insurance policies. How much is enough? Is the cost of the policy worth it? The watching eye of the agent made me feel pressure, and I was tempted to let fear rule my decision – fear … Continued

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Gorilla in Plain Sight

October 14, 2013 In February 2013, I read an internet article on NPR.org (“Gorilla Hiding in Plain Sight”) about a study by Harvard researchers, which was based on a 1999 study on selective attention (“The Invisible Gorilla Study”). They presented a group of radiologists a picture of a lung scan and superimposed a matchbook-sized picture … Continued

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Forgetting to Give Thanks

October 7, 2013 As a parent, one lesson we tried to instill in our children was to say, “please” and “thank you.” Children tend to want and grab, and then have an attitude of entitlement when they receive what they desire. Though no longer a child, I am still learning that lesson. 6 Do not be … Continued

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Too Anxious to Sleep

October 1, 2013 I hate waking an hour or so before the alarm is set to go off. 95% of my rest is complete, and my mind begins the schedule of the new day–especially if life is hectic. I find that I argue with myself. I devise a contingency for some problem or decision, and … Continued

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Death of a Friend

September 16, 2013 On Sunday, I was told that a friend had died, and the news made me cry. She had been a great neighbor for 11 years, watching our kids grow as they climbed trees and slid down the hill in her back yard. I cried for the loss, but more because I don’t … Continued

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Beginnings

June 17, 2013 In the summer before her 12th birthday, my daughter joined a swim team for the first time. It was a new beginning. Though she knew the basics, she had never learned all of the different strokes, so the first day of practice was very difficult. After 15 minutes, she wanted to quit: … Continued