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“Obscurity and a competence. That is the life that is best worth living.” (Mark Twain)

First, I would like to thank those of you who responded to my request for feedback. Russ, Connie, Joyce, Becky and my son Thomas all expressed their desire to see me stay the course. Then I happened to watch a … Continue reading

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“The right to speak out is also the duty to speak out.” (Vladimir Pozner)

I may have reached a turning point in my blogging career. After 13 years, 333 posts and 459,000 views I find myself struggling to find meaningful themes that challenge me and frankly my efforts haven’t led to anything measurably positive. … Continue reading

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“Society can only be happy and free in proportion as it is virtuous.” (Mary Wollstonecraft)

Mary Wollstonecraft made this declaration some time in the 1700’s when the world was just beginning to understand the concept and importance of virtue in a free society. Prior to the founding of the United States of America there had … Continue reading

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“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

It was 77 years ago today that Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life came to an end. He was executed by the Nazis just two weeks before the end of WWII. He was just 39 years old and had spent the previous 12 … Continue reading

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“Our relationships with one another are like a stone arch, which would collapse if the stones did not mutually support each other.” (Seneca the Younger)

As I look back on 13 years of writing this blog, I find it ironic that the most noteworthy thing I ever wrote wasn’t here on WordPress. The closest I ever came to achieving any sort of recognition for my … Continue reading

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“If I had known I was going to live so long, I would have taken better care of myself.” (Eubie Blake)

Now that I have lived so long that I no longer want candles on my birthday cake for fear of setting the house on fire, I’m beginning to question some of the choices I made in my younger days. And … Continue reading

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“Remember when the music was a rock that we could cling to so we’d not despair…” (Harry Chapin)

As I count the days to my next reminder of the incredible brevity of life, my 68th birthday, I find myself seeking out the music and stories of my younger days as a way to reinforce my commitment to making … Continue reading

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“He was my opponent but not my enemy.” (Bob Dole)

The world lost another great man this week when Bob Dole died. As I watched several YouTube videos about his life, I was reminded of his humility and self-deprecating sense of humor but the comment I admired most was this … Continue reading

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“Won’t you help to sing. These songs of freedom. Redemption songs.” (Bob Marley)

I think Bob Marley sang the greatest acoustic solo of all time when he recorded Redemption Song in 1980. Here’s a link to a YouTube video of the song with the lyrics.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbyUPJooBfU The back story to this particular musical miracle … Continue reading

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“This too shall pass.” ( 2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

So, I made a lot of new friends this week. I doubt that I made a great first impression, given that I was writhing in pain on a hospital bed at Olathe Medical Center but the doctors, nurses and staff … Continue reading

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