Love will find a way

Life can knock you down. The day-to-day struggles can make you feel less than whole. We all hit these struggles from time to time. I seem to have hit my share lately, nothing big in the grand scheme of things, but still very annoying and even a bit disappointing. In situations like this, my perfectionist …

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The Thousand Steps Trail: My annual check-up

I hiked the Thousand Steps Trail near Mount Union often over the years. I hiked it as a teenager with friends. A few years later, I hiked the trail with some friends from college and when we got to the top of mountain we shared a couple of warm beers. I even hiked the trail …

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Picking up after Agnes

Forty-six years ago, Hurricane Agnes started out as a tropical depression in the Caribbean Sea. The depression began slowly on June 14, 1972, and started building up steam,  first becoming Tropical Storm Agnes, before finally turning into a full-blown hurricane. The hurricane hit landfall near Panama City, Florida five days later on June 19 and …

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When life is crummy, look for the hope

When I was young, I wasn’t very confident. I was the quiet kid who was glued to a book or things that I knew like sports. I preferred hanging out in small groups instead of loud, large ones, so when a kid in my class told me that he wanted to partner with me on …

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Does God have a sense of humor?

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon steps out onto the NBC Studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to a rousing applause. He waves to the crowd and tells a few opening jokes about current events, including a joke or two at President Donald Trump’s expense, before diving into one about Elton John’s announcement …

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Getting hit over the head to see the brighter side

My friend didn’t actually hit me in the face, but it sure felt like he had. If you had questioned me at the time, you would have had a hard time convincing me that he hadn't. His comments surprised me and knocked me into the next room. We were catching up and he mentioned that …

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Getting goose bumps

When I step away from my desk at work, I look out of a corner window, out over a walking trail, picnic tables, and small pond that serves as a calming oasis in a maze of corporate buildings and local roads. I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been taking more and more advantage of the opportunity …

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In Memoriam: Happy on the inside

The DJ had the music turned up so loud that I couldn’t hear my college fraternity brother talk. We filled up our cups with more beer and went upstairs to the second-floor landing to watch out over the rest of the party-goers. While still loud, I could hear a little better what my friend was …

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When God steps in . . .

I came home to find my wife and three kids sitting at the kitchen table, legs dangling over their chairs. My oldest son had a huge grin on his face. I noticed first the smile and then later the large bandage on his arm. I figured there must be a story to tell and, boy …

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