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A Lesson From My Dog

A Lesson From My Dog

Gracie was sniffing the air in our backyard while Joy and I were finishing breakfast. We could see her through the large windows stretching across the rear wall of our house.  As we watched, Gracie picked up her ball, trotted to the window, placed the ball on the...
Mending Damaged Things

Mending Damaged Things

After returning from Afghanistan and spending a couple of more years serving at Camp Pendleton, our oldest son Andrew got his discharge papers. He started his transition to civilian life in our home. Both of his younger siblings were still living with us at the time....
Dealing with Difficult People

Dealing with Difficult People

Can’t we all just get along? Rodney King said this on the third day of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Violence had erupted across the city after a jury had acquitted three of four police officers accused of assault. The verdict seemed to many to be in sharp contrast to...
Learning to Get Life Right

Learning to Get Life Right

People are more than one thing. Our worst moments do not define us. None of us is merely petty, angry, stubborn, self-absorbed, impatient, or hypocritical. We can also be kind, selfless, courageous, persistent, curious, and honest. Everybody operates from mixed...
How to Make a Difference

How to Make a Difference

I was beginning to feel discouraged the other day. Oh there’s plenty of good news. Loads of compassionate people devote themselves to making this world a better place for everybody. Still, I can’t help but see the persistent violence, hatred, want, and misery. It...