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Praying like it is cancer

“Bad news should always come after lunch.. first thing in the morning everything left a bruise.” Stephen King, American novelist A mess, for sure. But, where there's life, there's hope. Some things I'd really rather not know. But, try as I might to keep bad news at bay, information just keeps rolling in. For at… Continue reading Praying like it is cancer

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Assuming positive intent

“It is a troublesome thing, Halford, this susceptibility to affronts where none are intended.” Anne Brontë, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" At a recent workshop associated with the journalistic part of my career, a statement made by a Millennial arrested my attention. During some rule setting that preceded a group discussion, this young woman set a… Continue reading Assuming positive intent

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Is supernatural power real?

Once -- when I was a tiny California girl and the 1970s Jesus Movement was in its waning days -- something extraordinary happened at church. A wild-eyed LSD addict walked into the sanctuary and she didn't walk out. Percy Jackson's got nothing on God... "But we have this treasure (salvation) in earthen vessels (ordinary human… Continue reading Is supernatural power real?

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The nature of silver

"Every crowd has a silver lining." P.T. Barnum, American circus entrepreneur The fact our silver-cleaning method involves a puff of smoke at its start concerns me. This doesn't stop us from boiling water, baking soda and aluminum foil and dipping tarnished pieces into the mix, however. It just means we run the fan in the… Continue reading The nature of silver