Category: View from the Hill

Give thanks, make a difference

Ah, Thanksgiving is upon us once again. The anticipation and joy that comes with the fall season is motivation enough to get into the mood. The aroma of pumpkin pies baking in the oven, of turkey and stuffing, along with sweet potatoes and all the fixings—it is a delightful adventure for the senses. The autumn air, the crisp crunching of […]

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Water comes, water goes….

Water, water, everywhere, and all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink…. Any student of literature worth his or her salt would easily recognize the author of those lines and the title of the poem. As a junior in high school, my class assignment was to memorize Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s work, “The Rhyme of the […]

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Is honesty still the best policy?

“Trust me, it’s (not) gonna happen.” “I will get back to you.” “The check is in the mail.” If I were a betting person, I would wager that every adult has heard one of those promises—or a version of it—at least once in their lifetime, only to discover it was a lie. The book of Proverbs in the Bible is […]

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Are negative emotions wrong?

Myth or truth: Suc­cess­ful men are always positive. How about this one: It is unspiritual to show negative emotions. In his book, “Men’s Secret Wars,” Patrick A. Means writes about common misconceptions regarding male behavior and how they are encouraged to leave them behind in their search for healing and wholeness. For years, Means practiced a Christian version of the […]

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Unpack the hurtful messages

“Pain from our past that is unresolved is pain we’re condemned to repeat.” —Terry Kellogg, in “Men’s Secret Wars,” by Patrick A. Means I cannot count the number of times in my life when someone, including me, repeats this worn out phrase: “He (she) is just like his father (or her mother).” It’s often true, but it reflects a statement […]

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Ask: If not you, then who?

“Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against one another.” (Zachariah 7:9-10) Children are incred­ible at learning from the examples of parents and other adults. I still remember events of my childhood. It’s almost like the memories are hard-wired into […]

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Generosity knows no limits

“I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink….” —Matthew 25:35 Certain memories of an earlier time remain fixed in my mind. They are present not in a haunting way, but they have become permanently etched, carved in stone, as it were. In much the same way people talk […]

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In bad times, do good anyway

“All I’ve ever wanted was to help someone with the truth…. Sometimes the bad outweighs the good.” —Abigail Sciuto As time goes by, our experiences are rarely one-sided, where good always wins over evil. Regardless, we cling to the belief that all ends well on this earth, and life is good. Having long abandoned the practice of watching meaningless television […]

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Resist the temptation to fear

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” —Presi­dent Franklin D. Roosevelt Newly elected, Mr. Roosevelt began his term as the Great Depression continued, leveling off in 1933, and the long road to recovery was only a dream in the minds of some people. Any thought that better days might lie ahead was simply too overwhelming to consider, […]

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Ag a secondary issue for Trump

“Politicians complaining about the media is like a sailor complaining about the sea,” Winston Churchill, former prime minister of Great Britain, was quoted by Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull. He added, “There’s not much point, that’s the media we live with, and we have to get our message across. We thank you all in the media for the kind attention.” […]

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