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Meriam Ibrahim’s Freedom Flight-!

We interrupt this day of stocks going down while the heat index goes up to bring some good news… Meriam Ibrahim, young Sudanese wife and mother imprisoned for her Christian faith… is now safe and sound on Italian soil. All we can say is “Bravo!” to the Italians and “Praise the Lord!” to the one…

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Monday Mottoes – #48

Is it possible to live a life of no excuses? I wonder. Do we make excuses and justify ourselves because we have done wrong, or do we simply shrug off the idea of being less than perfect? Or, do we continue striving and give ourselves a coronary in the process? Which, of course, does not…

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Monday Mottoes – #47

I admire military strategists and accountants because they both understand the value of a bottom line. Not everyone in life comprehends the fact that there are deadlines to keep, plans to follow, and goals to reach. They live in la-la land, hoping that things will one day be different, but never taking concrete steps of…

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Islam is the Problem

Are there moderate Muslims in the world? Certainly. Are they speaking out about radical Muslims and the harm they cause? Not so much. Right now, Islam is on the rampage in so many hotspots of the world, but we’ll target two today: the global jihad (holy war) against Christians and Jews. The first, waged by…

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The Right Rain Changes Everything

The right rain. There are destructive rains—you know, those severe storms that breed hurricanes, high winds, downed trees, strong flooding, and power failures. But then there are those rains that come in with fresh gusts of wind and a cooling, calming presence. They make everything clean. The humidity halves. The hot temperatures drop. It’s refreshing….

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Meriam Ibrahim in Danger Again

Imprisoned for her faith and refusing to convert from Christianity to Islam, Sudanese wife, mother, and medical doctor Meriam Ibrahim was released on Monday, her death sentence dropped, and she received South Sudanese and American travel papers to allow her to travel. Something was deemed wrong with the papers, and on Tuesday, at the airport…

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Monday Mottoes – #44

Have you ever seen two people experiencing the same, if not very similar situations, and each come to totally different conclusions and results? The story was once told of two competing shoe salesmen journeying to a remote island. The first to arrive sent to his office: “Natives do not wear shoes here. Returning home.” The…

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Monday Mottoes – #43

In honor of the recent Russia Day (Dyen Rossiya) on whch Petya’s graduation ceremony fell, today we have a quote from a great Russian, Lev Tolstoy. The writer had insightful perspective on human nature, and how we often make goals such as “change” into bigger deals than they need be. In his novels, Tolstoy would…

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Monday Mottoes – #42

Most of us understand that our government, or others, are spying on us. Our phone calls, e-mails, and other communications are monitored. While I’m sure that some of you have very exciting conversations and interactions, me – not so much. However, I do lead a pretty exciting life in general. Just no state secrets. Which…

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Monday Mottoes – #41

Do you have a support system, a good group, a posse, a family or a friend? If there’s someone in this world that you can count on, that you feel has your back… and has your heart… count yourself fortunate. So many have no one to encourage, support, hearten and cheer them. And that’s a…

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