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On my iPad and smartphone I keep the "YouVersion" Bible app. It offers dozens of different translations and is pretty easy to navigate. Sometimes if there's a shortage of Bibles in the pews for worship at services at my church,... Continue »
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I learned something from the story about the recent rescue of the Thai soccer boys and their coach that I had no expectation of learning: It has to do with the ordination of Buddhist monks. As this intriguing piece from... Continue »
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An endangered Przewalski’s Horse foal has been born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo! Once classified as extinct in the wild, the Przewalski’s Horse is a rare species of wild horse. Thanks to conservation breeding efforts by organisations, such as the Zoological... Continue »
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"Accept what isn't, so you can move forward with what is." Unknown You Are Not What You Earn : a very important reminder Actions, Not Words, Reveal Values : actions really do speak louder 10 Questions for Mid-Year Reflection : we should do more of this Getting Motivated Doesn't Equal Doing the Work : isn't that the truth! How to Love Your Dark Side : the light and dark can balance each other You Don't Always Need a Plan : go on — leap into the unknown Constraints Can Breed Creativity + Limitations Can Create Freedom 8-Part Plan for Beating... Continue »
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In recent years I have made various claims to the effect that I am writing a book called Wagnerism. Above is photographic evidence demonstrating that I have, indeed, produced a considerable pile of paper imprinted with words, although skeptics might... Continue »
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When the Protestant Reformation started, ground zero was Wittenberg, Germany. And 500 years later, Wittenberg continues to make the world think about religious reform. How? There's now a robot there that will offer you a blessing. No humans required. Just... Continue »
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I have been with quite a few people as they've neared death, but I've never heard anyone's last words. Both my parents died 500-some miles away from me, though I saw both of them within months or weeks of their... Continue »
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CCTV cameras at Chester Zoo recently captured the beautiful moment a rare Rothschild’s Giraffe calf was born. The five-foot-tall male arrived April 3 to eight-year-old mum Orla. His fall to earth and first wobbly steps were also caught on camera.... Continue »
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"At the back of us were great blue spaces in the cloud. But now the colour was going out. The clouds were turning pale; a reddish black colour. Down in the valley it was an extraordinary scrumble of red &... Continue »
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A rare Asian Elephant has been born at Chester Zoo, and the whole delivery - as well as the first moments between the baby and the herd - were caught on closed-circuit TV. The male calf arrived to 20-year-old Sithami... Continue »
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One day after school last week, two of my elementary-school granddaughters were at our house and wound up watching a show on TV about pampered dogs. Pampered dogs? That's what it said. And, boy, it wasn't kidding. One of the... Continue »
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When people know they are dying, know their time is coming to an end in a matter of months, if not weeks or days, what do they want to talk about, to remember, to re-think in their sunset days? The... Continue »
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In recent years, cremation has become increasingly popular as a means of disposing of human remains. Cheaper than burial, cremation is more accessible for lower income families. As a result of increasing popularity, there are more cremated remains (“cremains”) than ever before. The question of how cremains should be treated... Continue »
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Like this list? Download the free PDF here. Since the election, I’ve been writing and writing and writing. It’s what I do when I feel overwhelmed, when I feel like I have a lot to talk about but am not sure how to speak it aloud. I’ve been writing blog posts, then re-reading them and thinking, I don’t know if I should share this. I don’t want to offend people. And, even worse, I’ve been thinking, Maybe I shouldn’t share this because they might not like me after they read it. (Ugh, that ego!) Like many people around the country... Continue »
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Crown Hill Cemetery was incorporated as a non-profit, non-sectarian cemetery in September 1863. The cemetery originally included 236 acres of farmland located north of Indianapolis, Indiana. The first interment, of Lucy Ann Seaton, took place on June 2, 1864. In 1866, the federal government purchased a portion of the cemetery... Continue »