Category: View from the Hill

Men: Deal with pain honestly

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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Keep guiding principles in mind

I hate politics. Even more, I loathe all that it has recently become. If one needs more proof, simply take a look at all of the misleading and controversial television coverage. Or better yet, attend a local gathering at the coffee shop and listen to some of the more colorful metaphors used to describe our candidates for the nation’s highest […]

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Take ownership of our actions

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” —Pogo This quote, written by cartoonist Walt Kelly more than 40 years ago, is as appropriate now as it ever has been. Given our dismal state of affairs in public or private—no pun intended—whether it’s about finances or our social welfare, there’s much blame to go around. Yet all we read […]

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Some people are just irregular

Irregular. That’s right, irregular. My definition of this word is, something that is not right, not normal. It does not fit. It is painful to identify with or acknowledged by an individual. Relationships can often be that way. People may appear to be friends, but are not friends at all. They use the relationship to get whatever they want. They […]

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It’s time Kansans say ‘Enough’!

Politics aside, it is a beautiful day in the neighborhood. As long as I ignore media reports about the latest round of political mudslinging, I can get along just fine. The temptation to close my ears and sing happy tunes like a child seems like a good option right now. Sadly, however, it is child’s play in the real world […]

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?Home? is worth guarding

There really is no place like home. Such sentiments generally come from watching old movies, like ?The Wizard of Oz.? Whether we choose to believe in such sentimental notions is a personal decision. However, a trip abroad might change one?s mind. One can only imagine seeing the world, one step at a time, especially in the way Ameri?can soldiers saw […]

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Time can fly slow and fast

?Time flies when you?re having fun.? Or so they say. Time marches on whether we are having fun or not. The difference is how one sees time in relation to our awareness of its passage. As a child, time seemed agonizingly slow. I could not wait for Dad to come home from work. All of the holidays took forever to […]

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Gluten concerns exaggerated

“I?m gluten intolerant.? ?Every time I eat wheat products, I get sick.? ?I went online and read about the symptoms of gluten sensitivity. I concluded I had it, so our family no longer eats anything that has gluten in it.? ?I watched Dr. Oz on television, and he had the author of the ?Wheat Belly? book, and they are very […]

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Politics sours Christmas spirit

Christmastime is here, but I am feeling like Charlie Brown as he and Linus are about to join the rest of the gang to skate on the ice in, ?A Charlie Brown Christ?mas.? It doesn?t feel like Christmastime. Why? One word: Politics. Maybe two words: Politics and religion. Correction: Make that politics, religion, belief and practice. Two months have passed […]

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Thanksgiving is hard for some

This is Thanks?giv?ing week. Cele?brat?ing this holiday is definitely an Ameri?can tradition. When our children were young, an addition to this tradition consisted of watching the Charlie Brown video, ?It?s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.? I especially liked the recitation of the story of the first feast of Thanksgiving, of Stanley Miles, aka leader of the Pilgrim colony, Miles Standish, […]

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