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Life is Like a Firecracker
It was
unmistakable on Saturday that it is the fourth of July.   Even during the day, the firecrackers were
going off.   Out of the silence of the
moment: BOOM!   And then as night came on,
the rapidity of the BOOM became noticeable.   Some were far off.   ...
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Poets of the Soul
One of the ways lately I have been thinking about
spirituality is focused by the phrase, poets of the soul.   By itself, the phrase may sound nice, but it
does not convey anything special.   If I
simply used the phrase, poets of the soul, you would not have...
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A Long Loving Look
Writing a daily inspirational reflection or blog is a
disciplined, humbling experience.   The
disciplined part should be self-explanatory.   It is like exercise or playing an instrument.   It won’t work if I just do it if and when I
feel like it.   Discipli...
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Relational Keys
There are few indications in my life that I am “with
it.”   I remember that term from my
growing up days.   Being “with it” was
something most of us aspired to achieve, but most of us never made it.   I don’t even think I came close.   I suspect that one of...
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Importance
Someone recently thanked me for being important in her
life.   I appreciate the gratitude and,
even more, appreciated the opportunity to think about importance.   Perhaps this is an issue of spiritual
immaturity, but that’s probably where I am anyway.   I a...
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Spiritual T Roads
I am assuming that most of us who have a driver’s license
and have spent time behind the wheel know what a T road is.   I grew up in rural Indiana and it was not
uncommon to be on a T road.   Pretty
quickly you learn there are only two options---well at lea...
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Freedom
Much will be
made this weekend around the theme of “freedom.”   It would be difficult to imagine any American,
or any person from any country for that matter, who is not “for freedom.”   Can you imagine anyone saying, “No, actually
I prefer bondage?”   Howe...
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The Desert and Dessert
When I was younger, these two words confused me.   Sometimes, I misspelled them.   And I see this same confusion among students
today.   I know that many faculty claim
students are not what they used to be.   My guess is the same thing was being said of my ...
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Complexities and Troubles
Everyone who has kids or even grandchildren knows there are
teachable moments when they are the teacher and you are the student.   Sometimes you are a willing student.   And other times you did not want to be a
student at all!   I recently had one of
the fo...
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Freedom of Exploration
The phrase, freedom of exploration, I read somewhere.   I have no idea, since I read fairly
widely.   I do remember when I saw it that
my interest was piqued.   Perhaps it is
because I have some interest in the process of innovation that it intrigued
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Sandpit of Life
Sometimes in my research for other things I am doing with my
time and life, I run across ideas for these inspirational musings.   Occasionally, it even feels like a eureka
moment---I found it!   And in these
moments, I am not always sure what I think or whe...
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The Current of Culture
I recently read an article that might well provoke some, but
I found it very interesting.   It was
written by a Catholic priest.   The title
of the article caught my attention: “Could what happened in Delphi happen in
Rome?”   When I first read it, I though...
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Baldwin Wallace University Professor of Religion and Chair in Faith & Life, Center for Innovation & Growth. Author, retreat leader and public speaker.

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