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We have been riding the wave of the pandemic for a while now. It is hard to think about all the ways life has changed. We grieve the losses of people we cannot physically see any more as a result, and have experienced moments of holding family members closer. At other times, it is hard to kn…

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Jacob Braude tells the story of a man who hadn’t seen an old friend in years. “How is your wife?” the man asked. “She’s in heaven,” replied the friend. “Oh, I’m sorry.” Quickly realizing this was not the appropriate response, he added, “I mean, I’m glad.” And that was even worse. Finally, he…

Folks, I am glad to be here with a column this week after my brush with death in the grocery store parking lot this past weekend. That may be a bit of exaggeration, but seriously, I could have been injured or worse when a couple of thrill seekers targeted me. Most drivers in parking lots are…

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In hindsight, historians will probably note Joe Biden missed a great opportunity to run for election in 2016. Biden, grieving the loss of his son, chose not to run. In all probability, he had the sympathy of many voters and seemed to demonstrate strong leadership. Mr. Biden is a decent man, …

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I have never been a fan of horror literature and films. Life has enough shocking events to last me a lifetime without adding to it. In my home county I grew up hearing about Charlie Lawson, who murdered his wife and six of his children on Christmas Day in 1929. Other “killin’s” and awful hap…

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A friend of mine recently mentioned seeing people mow grass, tar a roof, and cut weeds, all on a Sunday morning. Now, you may wonder why this merits comment, but some people see such work as disrespectful toward the Lord’s Day, the Sabbath, Sunday. Most of us elders raised in the South will …

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Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has written a book on recovering the “common good.” In it, he defines what the common good is and is not. He also argues we have lost parts of it but denies it is completely gone and says it can still be restored. It is an engaging read about how we can…

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Recently in a conversation about telling the truth, a classic family memory came to mind. Our oldest grandson at 18 months of age gave us a perfect illustration of the how hard facing the truth may be, how effortlessly we can lie when under pressure to deal with an uncomfortable truth. And b…