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Looking In

In the wake of an attack, normality can be the strangest thing of all. When the first reports came out of London, my heart sank. This seemed to have the earmarks of a scene that we’d witnessed many times in … Continue reading

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Piling On

In The Naked Gun, there’s a wonderful scene where the bad guy has just been zapped by a dart from the hero, Lt. Frank Drebin. “He’ll be all right,” Drebin says, and he would have been –  if the bad … Continue reading

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The Next Duty

When I lived in Emporia, Kansas, the week of Veterans Day was always one of the highlights of the year. During the week-long celebrations, all of us would be reminded that we owed our veterans three basic things: 1) To … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Strangers

Missy often lives in a world without filters. Which can make life interesting for everyone else in the world. If you haven’t met our disabled ward yet, don’t worry. When you do, it’ll be pretty unmistakable. For somebody who rarely … Continue reading

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If There’s Anything …

I’m tempted to just write the words “Thank you” and be done with it this week. After all, what else is there for me to say? I’m referring, of course, to the steady stream of comments, offers and good wishes … Continue reading

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The Smallest Flame

The coldest night I remember came a few years ago, during an outdoor candlelight vigil. The outer desolation matched the inner feeling. It was about one degree at best, with the wind driving the temperature far, far lower. The sort … Continue reading

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Gee, What a Treat

It doesn’t take long for a kid to spot the dangerous houses on Halloween. Like the ones who give out raisins. Or pennies. Or candy that exists only to fill out a bargain bin. (Bit O’Honey, I’m looking at you.) … Continue reading

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