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When You’re in the Dark

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. –Persian Proverb I remember nights when I’d hear of a meteor storm and the weather man would tell us to go out of town, away from the light, to see the universe in action more clearly. I live in the country. I can still feel…
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Jake’s Dad.

My day was planned, I had things to do, I have business to take care of and then, at the last moment Jake my 20-year old comes downstairs sick. Now, at 20, yes, he can take care of himself. But still he's my kid. So, I give him some of the strong cough medicine and…
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Winds of Change.

I was sitting in my favorite chair, in my living room, one dog at my feet the other next to me under a blanket. I was reading from a book of quotes and notes and writing down my thoughts on paper. There’s something so permanent about paper don’t you think? As I looked out this…
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Howard Passmore-The Journey Continues

A friend of mine died this week and I just found out. Those of you who've been with me a while may remember Howard Passmore. I met him last summer at a Cancer Recovery Camp called "Reel Recovery". I interviewed Howard and was so amazed by this man. There's something about people who are dying.…
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Cornerstone: A New Kind of Building Project.

If you follow the news, listen to conversations or just observe life, you may start to wonder whether people really care about each other anymore. It's okay to admit it. I was feeling a little frustrated the other day until I met three guys, Tim, Jesse and Chris. They're part of a program called Cornerstone…
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Leaving: The Road to Freedom

I didn?t just walk away from my career in Television News. It was a process that took time, much consideration and lots of prayer and consultation with others. But one of the things that lead me to the decision was a book called ?Through Painted Deserts? by Donald Miller (of Portland). Here?s a paragraph from…
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A Movie You Can’t Miss.

Last night Kathy and I went to the Two Buck Movie Theater. We saw that "The Great Debaters" was playing. The movie came out a while ago but dropped out of the local  (Eugene/Springfield) theaters quickly. The movie got great reviews. I've talked with friends in the African American Community who think the movie died…
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The Secret to Staying Afloat

Barbara wrote me an interesting comment that got me thinking. A lot of times in our lives we get in places where we feel as though we are literally drowning. It's that place in life where we feel like there is so much over, around and under us that we may not make it through.…
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Peace: More than a feeling

For those of us who lived through the 70's, when you hear that title it may sound familiar. "More than a Feeling" was a song sung by the group "Boston". If you don't know that you are simply too young. I know that's a little ageist of me. Moving right along.I think a lot of us…
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Special Education….If you listen you can learn a lot.

400 students from all over Lane and Linn Counties were at Lane Community College yesterday to look at their options for the future. I was invited to give the keynote address to get the day going. What a great group of kids. They are so honest and so ready to listen. It's difficult to have…
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