A picture is worth a thousand words. No doubt about that. For millennia people have used symbols to convey ideas to others that may or not be present. The pictures and symbols may be art, oral folk stories or print. For the most part, this has helped advance human civilization. Pictures and symbols work as long as…

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Phew! We made it through January. It always seems that getting started is the hardest part. With the first month out of the way, we have an indication of how 2020 will be — maybe. Every endeavor involves some degree of faith. The laws of physics may be reliable, but most of life has too many…

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Who knew what and when did they know it? This question, with all its subsets of questions, is often part of investigations into some kind of inappropriate conduct. Did you know …? This kind of question is a lead in to both gossiping and instructing. It can also be about our spiritual growth. We are…

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Isn’t it great that important people are born on holidays? I wonder how their mothers managed that? Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Columbus Day – all celebrate birthdays on a day when we have holidays. NOT. (Only MLK Day celebrates one person’s birthday.) Of course, we know that when a child is…

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There is a reason why a day of Thanksgiving is celebrated late in the fall. In Canada it is celebrated in October. In the USA, it is celebrated in November. For both countries it is related to the harvest season. Once the harvest is in, it is appropriate to celebrate the harvest itself. Some years…

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By the end of October, we will be celebrating Halloween. Costumes and masks are a part of those celebrations. It is all in fun. There are other times when costumes and masks are not about fun. In the age of Internet communications, it seems like we assume anonymity, as if no one will know who…

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