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What Happened to Time?

It's a tough day in many respects. Our son, Jess, graduates from Thurston High School today. My wife keeps finding tears in her eyes. You remember so much of what was and have so much hope for what is to come. We think a lot about success at moments like this. Our minds remember the…
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Memorial Day

When I was kid my family always visited the cemetery on Memorial Day. It was the one time of year we'd take flowers and place them on the graves of many of my relatives. We stopped doing that when I reached my teenage years. Now that I'm in my late 40's, those cemeteries are filled…
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Maxwell Ranch: Haines, Oregon

There's a great article that appeared in the Oregonian Newspaper on the Maxwell Ranch in Haines, Oregon. It's called "Bound by more than a ranch". It was in the paper on May the 11th. The Maxwell's in the article are my great grandparents. The original farm house is still there. My mother is a Maxwell…
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It’s been 10-years?

I can't believe it's been 10 years since the shooting happened at Thurston High School in Springfield. I was there that morning as a news guy. It was an event that changed and shaped my life in more ways than I can ever say or will ever know. Until that day, I thought of myself…
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Hair: Just leave it alone.

When I was a teenager I had really long hair. It was down to my shoulders. My dad used to bug me about it all the time. The more he bugged me the more it grew. Now, I'm reliving the nightmare. My son Jake is growing his hair out. I told him the other day,…
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Life is not one Dimensional

It’s Sunday, Mother’s Day and my family is headed up the road to my mom and dad’s hometown of McMinnville. We are going to see the headstone placed on my father’s grave to show us where his remains, remain. I like cemeteries. I find great comfort walking among those who have been before. It’s as…
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Happy Mothers’ Day

Moms’ are amazing. They are the glue that keeps a family together. Moms’ can accept our faults and guide us in the right direction all at the same time. Moms understand the concept of unconditional love far better than most of us deserve. Moms tend to trust us more than anyone else. They see our…
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Skin Deep: Don’t Stare Yes it’s Just Dead Tissue

I got into this odd conversation with a guy yesterday on appearance. Not the kind you show up to but how we judge people by the way we look. This all started after I told him the story of the man I met who had elephantiasis. This man named Jimmy had a very distorted face…
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Prom Night

Remember Prom Night? Last night was my son Jess' Senior Prom. Jess, his girlfriend Cenzie and all their friends went out for a night on the town. The parents all showed up for pictures. As your kids grow up you realize how much life is changing. It will never be as it was and it…
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No Trespassing: Sometimes we deserve it.

Obstacles are irritating. You may know the kind of talking about. The things in life that try to ruin plans for the day. My plan yesterday was to go on a long hike to sort out some things with God. I live in the country so finding a place to hike is USUALLY not a…
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