Bookends

You “old timers” probably remember the “mandatory” books that students were expected to read during their young adolescent school years. While a freshman, I was “forced” to read a historical novel by Charles Dickens which vividly brings to life the French Revolution in two European capitals. “It was the best of times, it was the worst […]

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Where Are You?

He was quite the fellow. Appointed as the first Chicago detective, founder of a famous national investigative agency, bodyguard to President Abraham Lincoln, undercover operative who infiltrated the Confederate Army, pivotal in the formation of the U.S. Secret Service, tracker of Jesse James and other train robbers and responsible for the establishment of a central […]

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Seeking Spiritual Diversity

Opposites attract when dealing with magnets. It is not that simple with humans. There are many stories of individuals who shared little in common and yet thrived when connected; much has also been written when the opposite occurred. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in the entertainment business and Bill and Melinda Gates in technology fit […]

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Kindergarten Christians

The story goes that Ms. Desmond welcomed her ninth grade Health class on the first day of school with a blackboard drawing of the human body depicting its bones and muscles. She began to lecture from the textbook immediately and continued the practice for the next few months, never discarding or mentioning what was chalked […]

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The Notebook

On June 12, 1942, a young girl received a present from her parents that became the subject of international recognition. It was a red, checkered autograph book given as a gift in celebration of her thirteenth birthday. She began writing on it two days later, and it eventually became her diary. Less than a month […]

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Who Do We Seek For Justice?

“I believe in America.” These words begin a 175-minute saga that is considered one of the greatest movies ever produced. Amerigo Bonasera was a Sicilian-American and the proprietor of a funeral home in Little Italy besides being an acquaintance of Vito Corleone, whose wife Carmela was the godmother of Amerigo’s only child, Maria. Despite this […]

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The World According To James

“Get yourself a stack of 3 X 5 cards, and come see me.” Dr. Wright was my favorite college professor, by far. We formed a friendship born in the classroom and developed at the baseball stadium, where I played and he cheered. While he taught and I ran the bases, somehow we became “equals.” So […]

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Doing Life While Doing Time

The whole thing seemed so futile. They were down three touchdowns with less than a minute to play. The quarterback got the ball and hurled it downfield as far as possible hoping that one wearing his jersey would catch it. But if he did, so what? There was not enough time to make a comeback; […]

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The Hardest Thing

Baseball. No need to ponder, dig deep in the confines of my brain or compare notes; hands down… baseball, that’s what I thought. That’s the hardest thing I had ever done, by far. For most, the answer was sort of a letdown, particularly if they were privy to my sordid past. But, for all my […]

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My Faithbook Account

Both of my cars are garage dwellers. The tools needed for any project are my neighbor’s, and more often than not he ends up providing the means, the expertise and the labor, given my complete disdain for creating or putting things together. This should make me an “ideas guy,” but that’s another story. So, the […]

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