Monthly Archives: April 2016

A Short Break From Blogging


Two or three times a year we take a short break from blogging. This is one of those times.

Our family vacation to Indian Rocks Beach just seems like a good time to kick back, relax and enjoy the Gulf breeze,  the gorgeous sunsets and special times with our grandsons, without the daily dead line of writing. Continue reading


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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Family Time

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This week we are enjoying some family time in Florida.

With our daughter-in-law, April, being in Residency, this is only a once or twice a year opportunity for all of us to be together at one time. To share food and fun. To reminisce. To recall funny stories. To dream about the future. And to enjoy our two adorable grandsons, Roy and Miles. Continue reading

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Who Are The Influential People?


Today Time Magazine released its annual list of the top 100 influential people in the world. The entertainment world is heavily featured, with artists on four of the six covers.

Oscar winner, Leonardo diCaprio, Musical artist Nicki Minaj, Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra. The other two covers include monetary Fund leader Christine Lagarde and husband and wife philanthropists Mark Zukerberg and Priscilla Chan who share a cover. Continue reading

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9 Questions For Growing Christians


Tuesday night Norma Jean and I enjoyed a Royals baseball game at Kaufman Stadium (known as “The K” to the locals). It was a fun game with filled with offense in an 8-6 Royals win over the Detroit Tigers.

The World Champion Royals are off to a to a respectable 9-5 start. Good enough for second place in the American League Central Division behind the White Sox. Continue reading


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 Matthew 7.13.14

Will everyone go to heaven when they die?

Universalism says, “yes.” That is the belief of the Unitarian Universalist Church. Several of the so called “church fathers” of the second century believed in Universalism including Clement of Alexandria and his student, Origen.

Bible scholar, William Barclay once wrote, “I am a convinced universalist. I believe that in the end all men will be gathered into the love of God.” Other famous people who are Universalists include American statesman John Quincy Adams, our  sixth President, the British writer Hanah Whitall Smith, and Robert Fulgham, author of All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten. Continue reading


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6 Essentials of a Good Life

 Life is Good

“The ultimate expression of life is not a paycheck. The ultimate expression of life is not a Mercedes. The ultimate expression of life is not a million dollars or a bank account or a home,” recently wrote Jim Rohn in a blog post. “The ultimate expression of life is living a good life.”

“But,” you ask, “What is a good life?” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Purge


The word around our house for the past several weeks has been ‘PURGE!”

Allied is coming five weeks from today to load our earthly possessions and move us North Texas. So, for the past month we’ve going through stuff that we neither want or need to move. What a process! Sorting. Separating. Discarding. Keeping. Leaving. Purging! Continue reading


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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Involvement

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“Worship isolated from involvement is a bland and meaningless exercise,” wrote Warren Hamby.

Involvement has to do with activity. Commitment. It means “to engage or employ.” “To engage the interest or emotions.” “To absorb fully.”

If we are passive in worship, disengaged and sit waiting for something to happen to us, we will be disappointed in the service. We may leave saying, “I didn’t get anything out of it. Continue reading


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4 Lessons Learned from the Titanic

1932 --- Sinking of the Titanic by Willy Stoewer --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

“God himself could not sink this ship,” replied a deck hand as Sylvia Caldwell marveled at the majesty of the great Titanic and wondered aloud if it really was unsinkable as advertised.

Talk about famous last words!

It was on this day 104 years ago, April 15, 1912, that the “Unsinkable Ship” sank in the icy waters of the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg late on the 14th.  1517 people died in that disaster. Continue reading


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What If We Had To Pay “The Alice Tax”?

 Taxes.alice tax

Kansas City native Calvin Trillin is an American author, journalist and humorist. He is a long time food writer for The New Yorker.

In 2012, Trillin was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor for Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff, published by Random House. He often speaks of his late wife, Alice, who was an accomplished author, educator and “long time muse to her husband.”

In the book, he writes about “the Alice Tax.” Never heard of it? On the eve of our tax deadline in America, consider this. Continue reading


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