Lessons to learn from The First Time

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What is it about "firsts" that make them so special?   The first kiss. A baby's first smile. The first job – and paycheck. Your first house. We love "firsts"... probably because we actually notice them. They hold an awe-inspiring quality for us, and everything is beautifully new. We haven't yet let ourselves become inattentive—or unappreciative—of their presence.   Today is Pentecost Sunday. Until recently, I'd never spent much time thinking about Pentecost as a holiday holy day, although it certainly is.   As the story is told in Acts 2, it was on the day of Pentecost that the followers of Jesus first received the gift of the Holy Spirit. The apostle Peter preached his first sermon, calling for repentance and ... Keep Reading...

Presidential Interior Design: Yea or Nay?

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Hello all! On this weekend ablaze with red, white, and blue, I thought you might enjoy an infographic on the subject of Presidential Interior Design.     Like me, I'm sure many of you enjoy reading about the history of the White House and its storied treasures—and getting a behind-the-scenes peek into some of the personalities who have called it "home." I have a deep respect for the office of the President of the United States, although, sadly, I haven't always been able to say the same about the men who've held the office.   Even so, a $100,000+ renovation budget for every new President? Am I the only one who thinks that's a bit exorbitant?  What do you think is a reasonable amount?   However you ... Keep Reading...

Finding urgency in the dirt

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There were children playing in the dirt at the apartments on Tallent Street tonight.   That's how his email began.   If you're a regular here, you know I love children, and so you probably assume my first thought was of my own two grandsons and their dirt playing. I sure do love that!     But it wasn't.   You see, I'd been on Tallent Street, too, although somehow I missed seeing the children playing in the dirt. I did, however, see the diaper-clad toddler with her head full of blonde ringlets. I saw the parent (or was she a grandparent?) trying to keep up with said toddler and another young child. I saw a man planting tomatoes in a small container—and hoping his potted hydrangeas weren't too ... Keep Reading...