Category Archives: Influence

Seeing More in Others, Revisited

A recent conversation with someone from a small town reminded me of this post I wrote over two years ago.  This person had overcome negative stereotypes and hurtful words to become a positive example of being the best you can … Continue reading

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The Value of One Person

Recently, I heard from a woman who had been a young person when I was her pastor.  Now she is a grandmother. She shared her thankfulness for what Deborah and I had meant to her growing up.  It was nice … Continue reading

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James Francis Patrick O’Neill

In 1965, when I was junior in high school, one of my best friends was a year old than me.  Dennis Gardner and I were in the same 7th period study hall.  Being the last hour of the school day, … Continue reading

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It All Adds Up

There is a famous saying that begins “For want of a nail, the shoe was lost.”  Each time the effect gets bigger until finally the kingdom was lost.   There is also a theory known as “the butterfly effect” that … Continue reading

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Seeing More in Others

For those not in Alabama, it may sound strange to hear that school begins before my next blog.  When I was young,  we never went back to school before Labor Day in Washington and Minnesota.  Of course, we did not … Continue reading

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It’s the Little Things

Recently Deborah and I attended a gathering of people concerned with getting a place for teens to “hang out” in Huntsville.  There are several places here already, but the person with the idea felt there was still a need beyond … Continue reading

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Fifty years ago

Where were you fifty years ago?  For many of you, you probably were not even born.  For the rest of us, we have been reminded in recent days about two momentous events that happened half a century ago.  Last fall, … Continue reading

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