Category Archives: Living Wisely

Tracks in the Snow 2016

Many years ago I wrote this basic story and submitted it to the Huntsville Times newspaper.  It was printed and that paved the way for several later columns in the same newspaper.  I then used it as one of my … Continue reading

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A Hot August Night

It was a hot August night in 1968 and I was sitting in the un-air conditioned Armory in Minneapolis, MN, listening to a rock concert.  The hard rock group Vanilla Fudge had re-recorded a Supremes song “You Keep Me Hanging … Continue reading

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Directions

There is an old joke that is funny because it has a little bit of truth in it.  The question is:  Why did the Children of Israel wander in the desert for forty years?  The answer:  Because they were led … Continue reading

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The Rod Grizzard Error

We are in a crazy time for sports right now.  Summer, fall and winter sports are all happening this month.  The major league baseball playoffs are in full swing.  College and pro football are well into their seasons.  College and … Continue reading

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Danger, Danger

We live in a dangerous world.  You only have to watch an average newscast or pick up a newspaper to realize that is true.  But is it any more dangerous than previous years?  We look back at earlier generations and … Continue reading

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Facing Fear

Throughout most of my life I have lived with someone else.  Growing up in a family, I had parents and siblings.  Then in college roommates.  Finally as a married person I lived with my wife.  There was one period of … Continue reading

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How Things Change

Two or three times a week on our morning walk Churchill and I pass a vacant lot a few blocks from our house.  It wasn’t a vacant lot a year ago.  Each time I pass it, I am reminded of … Continue reading

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When Being Alive is not Living

In 1983-85, I was the pastor of a small country church.  One regular attendee was a woman in her 70’s who would sometimes show up with another woman who looked like her sister.  It turned out it was her mother, … Continue reading

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

From the time a child starts to be able to respond to questions, one of the most persistent questions comes down to some form of “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  The answer to that question … Continue reading

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Following Blindly?

In the fall of 1962, after seven years in the state of Washington, we returned to my father’s home town of Winnebago, Minnesota. Starting high school there, I did not know many classmates.  For some reason I cannot recall, one … Continue reading

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