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Encourage Anyway

After showing that he is trustworthy and is capable of improving his life, he was recently given permission to leave the halfway house. I met Eldon (an alias) at our town’s Goodwill Store. Eldon has a chipper, outgoing personality and … Continue reading

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Encouraging Words

I am fortunate to have had the friends I’ve known. Without exception, their enthusiasm and shared interests helped to shape who I continue to become. I would have probably taken a different life path without them. Their encouragement got me … Continue reading

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“The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.”– Aesop There were few readers of classic literature and fiction in my family, so there was little encouragement to explore … Continue reading

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Thoughts About Talent

My late brother Mark once remarked that the two of us were failed artists. We both had a good laugh because it was largely true. Our sketches and doodlings were uninteresting to others outside of the family. Even our father … Continue reading

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Courage Hoss

The combination of distant rumbling thunder and a revving Harley Davidson motorcycle awakened me about 1:00 early this morning. It took half-an-hour to re-establish sleep because of worry over predicted severe weather. NOAA had been predicting a spate of thunderstorms with … Continue reading

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No Discouraging Words

Earlier this week, the weather conditions were warmer than normal, the wind speed was low, and the sky was mostly clear. This put me in the frame of mind to enjoy a stroll on the “Cowboy Trail” southwest of Norfolk. … Continue reading

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It’s easy to tear people down, criticize them, degrade their basic humanity, and try to turn them into outcasts. In today’s hyper-negative American culture, it’s helpful to mentally step back, take a few deep breaths, and ponder some encouraging thoughts. … Continue reading

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