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Monday Mottoes – #240

Another school shooting. Yes, you can make a case for gun control, but again, I don’t know that the same disturbed individuals would not turn to bombs or butcher knives. I have a better idea, and believe me, it’s by no means unique. It’s been touted by Psychology Today, university professors and other social commentators….

On Morality & History: Prof. Richard Pipes

An e-mail came across my desk from Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum. His father, Prof. Richard Pipes, for many years of Harvard University, passed away. According to his New York Times obituary, reprinted at http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2018/05/nyt-richard-pipes-dies-at-94, his was quite a remarkable life and points to the moral aspect of history, in terms of remembering,…

Procrastination: Why “I’ll Do It Tomorrow” Never Comes

Let’s face it, we’re human (major shock there, I know!): we forget things, we postpone events, we might find that we didn’t plan properly, or we bit off too much to do. It happens. Yet, for the most part, we have plenty of time for the people and the activities we deem important. All it…

Three Jobs… and Three Jumps Forward

Our three younger kids, in their late teens and early twenties, just landed their semi-dream jobs. In other words, their mother decided to point them in the right direction after seeing them flounder.  Rather than swoop in and save them, I gave them a little boost which, in turn, boosted their self-esteem even more. The…

Prepping for Summer Positions

It’s that time of year, the kids getting ready for summer, if not year-round jobs. Yes, it’s April and if high school or college students wait until May or June, forget about it! Nothing will be left in terms of positions and you will be a jobless teen or twenty-something. Swoop in Mother Goose to…

What We Don’t Know About the Past

On the Isle of Skye, paleontologists are uncovering prehistoric dinosaur fossils, dating from about 170 million years ago. Now that’s a long, long time ago. With an archaeological background, I can comprehend old things. I mean, I just have to look in the mirror upon occasion…! Keep in mind that a number of issues with…

Monday Mottoes – #233

Nobody believes that guns being fired here, there and everywhere, hurting innocent children and adults, is ever a good thing. How to bring a bad situation under control is more debatable. This past weekend’s “March for Our Lives” highlighted the issue of gun control and you can definitely find statistics to back up almost any…

Monday Mottoes – #231

Today you are staging your life in a movie— what will it be— a drama, a tragedy, a love story, a comedy? Imagine that you are the writer and you are the director. That’s the way life is. Many believe that they are mere “extras” to the game of life, that they have no control…

Doublemindedness Will Do You In; Resilience Will Save You

It’s 3:00 am and I’m up to begin my day. Prayer, Bible, contact foreign fields… no, wait! I peek out the window— same as when I went to bed around midnight and it was lightly snowing. Still coming down. If your area is anything like ours, it’s been one day of severe winter storms, while…

Monday Mottoes – #230

Twenty-four hours, times sixty minutes, times sixty seconds, equals 1,400 minutes or 86,400 seconds… all up to you today. You have the power to shape a worthwhile life! Surprisingly, that wonderful life stems more from everyday decisions than from major defining moments. How do you use your discretionary time? What do you choose to mentally…