Category: View from the Hill

How will we consider Syria?

Fall weather, Thanks­giving holiday, autumn leaves falling, newly planted wheat fields turning green; these are some of the things that make the heart glad. It is a favorite time of year. This year, though I enjoy watching leaves turning color and rejoice as once green fields of soybeans and corn turn golden, as wheat emerges from its sleep, creating a […]

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A nod to Thanksgiving cliches

As I write this, anticipation builds in tonight’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. According to my news sources, viewership may reach numbers achieved only with television shows like the final episode of “MASH.” Does it matter if we watch it? Perhaps not, unless one is still undecided who he or she should vote for. Die-hard fans of […]

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Sadly, the choice is ours

As I write this, anticipation builds in tonight’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. According to my news sources, viewership may reach numbers achieved only with television shows like the final episode of “MASH.” Does it matter if we watch it? Perhaps not, unless one is still undecided who he or she should vote for. Die-hard fans of […]

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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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