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Three Powerful Words

I got a tough phone call from a friend. She’s going through some hard times. In fact, you could say her life has been a series of hard times. She knows me well enough to ask, “If God is so great, how come He’s never great for me?” Another friend lost his little girl to cancer; still another lost her job. And in every case the question is the same: “Why did God turn his back on me?” And here’s the answer: I don’t believe He did and I don’t know. I don’t know why my father-in-law is turning ninety-three while my friend buries his four year old. I don’t know why a beautiful young mother takes her own life. …

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Brian Williams: A Cautionary Tale

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” ~ Mark Twain Brian Williams has changed the way I talk and the way I write, forever. The embattled anchorman’s plight is a cautionary tale for us all. Unless you live under a rock you’ve heard that Williams falsely claimed his Chinook helicopter came under enemy fire in Iraq in 2003. In reality, he landed an hour after the aircraft that was actually hit. Williams was never under fire. He embellished the story on several occasions (and maybe other stories too) to make himself look a little grittier – a little more courageous than a guy sitting behind a desk with makeup on. He lied. As this news was …

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When I was a Kid…

When I was a kid… Grandpa would drive his white Taystee Bread truck down our street, open up the back and tell any kid lucky enough to be outside at the time to jump in and grab a Mickey Banana Flip or Devils Food Cake. We played kickball in the street and yelled CAR! before scattering to the curb like bugs. My friend John and I followed behind the garbage truck on our bikes as the men hopped off the back and slung the Hefty bags into the compactor. We thought it was the coolest job on the planet. We would sneak out of our houses before dawn, ride around town and dumpster dive for ten cent bottles and cans. …

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Gift Cards from Dad

“We always have to forgive each other and not get hung up on the past.” ~ Zeke Braverman “Parenthood” is my favorite show. Rarely is television this real-to-life. No zombies. No blood-splattered walls. No doctors ducking into the supply closet for a quickie with a pretty nurse. This show features believable characters living, loving and struggling with the very things that make up our lives. In the series finale, I noticed something: I noticed an opportunity – an invitation for all of us, especially for dads. Zeke Braverman, masterfully played by Craig T. Nelson, is the patriarch of the family. He is the wise leader; the old softy with a tough exterior.┬áZeke’s health is fading and he makes sure nothing …