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A Good Policy

A Good Policy

My wife and I have five kids. They are phenomenal. But like all of us they have a fighting streak. There is a consistent pattern to the conflicts. One of the kids will let out a cry from the other room. When we arrive on the scene we will generally be met with three stories. There is a defense from the one who caused the pain (this one usually...

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Value of a Thing

Value of a Thing

I read a story about a man who inherited a blanket. After his grandmother died and his family members finished “pillaging” her house, he went to sift through what remained. Among her possessions was a dingy blanket no one wanted. He recalled his grandmother had used it for a birthing bed when one of the cats had kittens. He took it home and...

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Hundreds of Metal Boxes

Hundreds of Metal Boxes

I don’t like when people drive slowly. I also don’t like when they drive too fast. In the solitude of my car, I’ve often cursed both kinds of offenders. It seems like I am hard to please. I’m not. Just drive my speed and we will all be fine. I probably think along these lines when I’m outside my vehicle as well. But when I’m driving, something...

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High Places

High Places

My kids love to climb — trees, fences, the hood of my car, any place that isn’t the ground. The other day my wife was inspecting the roof for ice damage. It took two seconds for our four and six year old to start scaling the ladder resting against the house. I was able to talk them back down in exchange for a chance to sit on top of the shed....

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Something to Say

Something to Say

We've all got thoughts about the world. We see things. We react. Fair enough. But while we are entitled to our opinions, they don't make us experts. Knowledge isn't the same as wisdom. And yelling doesn't equal authority.  Rather than talking more or louder, we should aim to become the kind of people who actually have something to say.   

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From Bad to Good

From Bad to Good

Moby Dick reminds me of God (not the whale specifically but the book). I’ve never read it though it feels like I should have by now. My son actually told me the story. His favorite part was the way Ishmael survived the shipwreck by clinging to a floating coffin. He liked how Melville used something associated with death to save a life. The coffin...

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We Are Small

We Are Small

Usually we act like we are big. We give the finger to people in cars. We kick over anthills. And we use keyboards like machine guns. Also we act like we are smart. We know how to replace livers. We know how to build tiny robots. And we know how to cut apart atoms to blow stuff up. But the truth is we are not that big and we are not that smart. We...

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Peace is Contagious

Peace is Contagious

We know viruses can spread. The threats are real. The human body is not impenetrable. And because of this we ought to heed wisdom and let love be our law. While that is all true, the bigger enemy is fear. Not just fear of something but fear in general. It seems to be a living thing. And much like a virus fear can be shared and caught. Dallas...

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The Darkness Won’t Survive

The Darkness Won’t Survive

My son broke a light bulb the other day. He wanted to test its strength. So he smacked it on the arm of the couch like a man christening a ship. In his defense, he’s four. It took half an hour to clean up the fragments. Bulbs break, but there is an eternal light. There is a flame that can’t be snuffed out. There is a power that can’t be cut off,...

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