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Stand up (or sit down) for what you believe

Stand up (or sit down) for what you believe It’s unbelievable to me that over twenty years ago I was preparing to complete my student teaching in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.  My first class, a dynamic mix of fifth-graders, challenged me to quickly learn about differences in culture, race, gender and social class...
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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Watching over the dads

Watching over the dads Summer social season is underway, and along with it comes the perfect excuse to sit back and do some good old-fashion people watching.  One of my favorite pastimes is to idly observe families in action and appreciate how generations come together to share in food and fellowship.   People...
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

A tale of two mountains

A tale of two mountains A few years ago, my family took a quick trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., and spent a week in the mountains.  Despite the presence of some pesky bears trying to steal our hotdogs each evening, we had a wonderful week exploring the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains.   As often happens, despite...
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Your attitude determines your direction

Your attitude determines your direction “Your attitude determines your direction” is a phrase that is popular on inspirational posters lining high school classrooms. Its counterparts, “Attitude is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it,” and my personal favorite, “Punch today in the face,”...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Quizzical Curiosity

Quizzical Curiosity Author’s note:  In the following column I discuss an online quiz found on Twitter. It has been reported that these quizzes should be avoided due to the fact that many online quizzes, on and off social media, are using your answers, as well as your likes and dislikes, to get insights into...
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Thursday, May 03, 2018

The black dot

The black dot   How would you describe this to others who could not see the page?   There once was a professor who entered his classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They all waited anxiously at their desks for the exam to begin.   The professor handed out the exams with...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dropped where we are supposed to be

Dropped where we are supposed to be   “If the one falls, the other will help the fallen one. But woe to the solitary person! If that one should fall, there is no other to help” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).   I don’t remember the first day I met my best friend, but I know I wouldn’t be the same without her....
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Can I quote you?

Can I quote you? “It was a dark and stormy night…” so begins my favorite childhood book, “A Wrinkle in Time.”  My third-grade teacher read Madeleine L’Engle’s award-winning story to the class; I can clearly remember drawing scenes from the book as she read aloud.  ...
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March Madness

March Madness It’s getting close. One week away.  St. Patrick’s Day falls smack in the middle of a month of madness.  Growing up an Irish Catholic in Northwest Indiana, March was a month of basketball, snow and celebration.   The Hannons did St. Patrick’s Day right.  We gath...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Man does not live on bread alone

Man does not live on bread alone Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone,...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018