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Truth Trunked

We have a war on terror, a war on drugs and a war on poverty, but we don’t have a war on lies. We should wage one ourselves. I tell my daughters to be truthful whenever possible and whenever it won’t cause harm. Of course I get the rolling eyes of moody preteens, but I persist.  Being truthful is not just the right thing to do, I believe it’s one of the keys to a happier, more peaceful life. Being honest will not only limit personal disputes, but it’s also a way to attract some fantastic people to you — real difference makers. An elderly man approached a young pastor who had just finished giving his sermon to the congregation. …

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Defective Child

“Why would you want a defective child?” The judge asked the American couple seated in a Russian courtroom. Heroes come in many forms, perhaps none more inconspicuous than Clark. Imagine a cross between the guy who installs software on your PC and a cool musician in a Nashville Honky-tonk. A big guy with a full beard and thick-rimmed glasses, Clark’s flannel-shirt demeanor invites you to come over and have a beer with him and maybe he’ll throw a steak or two on the grill. When I met him I asked, “How many kids do you have?” A few minutes (and many questions) later I was inside a Russian courtroom as he and his wife endured the last important step in …

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Coming In Hot

“I radioed ahead and told them, ‘I’m coming in hot.’ My 91 year old father-in-law recalls his time in the Navy during World War II with the ease of a man reliving a well-played golf game. He has a smile in his eyes, even when the story he’s telling sounds terrifying. He was our escort as we visited the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. The more he talked, the faster the calendar pages flipped back to the late 1930’s and 40’s, the height of the war.  As you might suspect, he’s got a few stories to tell. “Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror.” ~ Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, World War …