Category Archives: Living Wisely

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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Think Before You Speak

“Think before you speak”:  what simple advice, but so hard to learn.  In my youth, I tended to engage my mouth before engaging my brain, with expected results.  When I was a sophomore in high school, I was in the … Continue reading

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Going the Extra Mile

A few weeks ago our doorbell rang.  That may not seem like much, but in our neighborhood that does not happen often.  Our community discourages random sales calls, and though it may happen occasionally, that has dramatically cut the number … Continue reading

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Fill It Up

We received some sad news a few days ago.  A friend with a family member struggling with addiction informed us that the family member has returned to their addiction.  For purposes of anonymity, I will not define the family member’s age, … Continue reading

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Life and Death

With a title like that, you might expect me to deal with flood victims in Colorado or murder victims in Washington, DC.  But I am not going in that direction.  I dealt with natural and human tragedies in earlier blogs.  … Continue reading

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Unsung Heroes

Several years ago, I pastored a small urban neighborhood church.  Because of our location, we were regularly approached by people in need of financial and other kinds of help.  Being a smaller congregation, our resources were limited, but we did have … Continue reading

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Cling Peaches in Heavy Syrup

The passing of Jean Stapleton, best known to those who lived through the 70’s as Edith Bunker, has brought back many memories of her brilliant portrayal of the character who was the moral center of the sitcom “All in the Family”.  Edith … Continue reading

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The Preacher and (Almost) Bear

In the 1970’s there was a popular Southern gospel song called “The Preacher and the Bear”.  In the summer of 1974, I almost lived that song.  We had a very successful Vacation Bible School that year and one of the … Continue reading

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The Saga of “Chuck B.” and the Waitress

With all the serious news in the world, I decided to go with something lighter this time.  A story in the news this week about an anonymous tip of $1,000 for a waitress to take a trip to Italy reminded me … Continue reading

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Learning in a Canoe

One Saturday in May, 1969, three couples from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN, went canoeing.  Greg Saracoff, Dave Pelto, and I took our dates to the St. Croix River for a pleasant spring day in nature.  It turned out … Continue reading

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