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In March 2013 I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC marathon. Although my performance wasn’t spectacular, something happened there that will stick with me always. Running the 26.2 miles of a marathon is quite an experience. Elite athletes cover the course in a little over...

In 1939, Europe faced chaos. Germany, under a terrifying ruler, launched military actions against its neighbors, with a clear objective of far-reaching conquest. Looking ahead, the British government pondered what actions to take should there be an invasion or mass bombing of England. During the summer of...

The television version of The Wizard Of Oz is an adaptation of a book written by L. Frank Baum in 1900. Baum wrote 14 books about Oz. Number 12 tells the story of The Tinman. Nick Chopper was a wood chopper. He and a girl named...

It’s approaching the day on the calendar when the words “I love you” are spoken more than any other time of year. Did you ever think about what it means to say “I love you”? There’s a passage in scripture known as “the love chapter.” It tells us...

The allure of shiny objects seems to be part of the human condition. We like stuff that’s new. That even applies to points on the calendar. At a certain season in time, we share best wishes for the months ahead. And though I personally find...

The volume of packages coming and going has certainly increased in the past few weeks. It’s that time of year. But not all presents come in a carton. Imagine the delight someone might feel upon receiving a delivery of forgiveness. Or how about a generous portion of kind words? Acceptance, patience, an act of service,...

People who seem to know such things have said that at any moment – right now for example – there are jet fighters on airstrips, fueled and running, with pilots in the cockpits, able to deploy immediately if needed. If that’s true, the details are...

In keeping with the season, I’ve recently been reflecting on everything for which I’m thankful. Shame on me. The list starts off noble enough: family, friends, health. But it goes downhill from there. Soon I’m thinking of the house where I live, good food, my car...

No doubt you’ve heard about the amazing act of athleticism that occurred on October 12, 2019, when Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya ran a marathon in under two hours – the first time this has ever been done. His pace of 4:34 per mile can be...

Sail boaters and power boaters have an ongoing friendly debate – which one is better? The story below illustrates that discussion and draws a good metaphor to life. Some people were out on a sailboat – quiet and serene – when a power boat roared up...

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