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A reminder: life is fragile for everyone, famous or otherwise

Yordano Ventura was only 25 when he died. He’s not the first and won’t be the last professional athlete to die in their prime. Football player Pat Till­man was 27. Baseball player Jose Fernandez was 24. Basketball players Len Bias and Hank Gathers were 22 and 23, respectively. The cause of these deaths varies, but each one was a shock. […]

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Daily Life (December 16, 2015)

Christmas service at Alexanderwohl The community is invited to attend a Christmas Day service starting at 10 a.m. at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in Goessel. An organ prelude begins at 9:45 a.m. by Jason Peters, organist. Pastor Linda Ewert will give the meditation and interim pastor Peter Emery will sing, ?O Holy Night? in German. Everyone is welcome. The church is […]

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Living the fixer-upper life

Since summer, our family has been trying a new subscription service available for streaming select cable networks over the Internet. Signing up for Sling TV hasn?t been life-altering, but it has given me access to one of my favorite shows. ?Fixer Upper? is a relatively new show on HGTV, featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines, a Texas couple who work to […]

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Soup this good is no small ?fajita?

Can someone please explain to me where the year went? I?ve been trying to wrap my head around the fact that we are now firmly in Decem?ber and the first semester of the school year is nearly over, but it just doesn?t feel like it should be time yet. With the uptick in gatherings and activities, though, I?m recognizing that […]

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Daily Life (December 8, 2015)

Night in the Barn set for Dec. 19, 20 Tabor Mennonite Youth Fellowship will present their annual living nativity, Night in the Barn from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20 in the barn of Maynard Knepp and Carol Duerksen between Goessel and Hills?boro. A llama that gives kisses, a mother cow and calf, bell-wearing sheep and people-loving donkeys are among […]

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How to respond when life is unfair

In sports, we obsess over endings and bad calls. It didn?t matter how many good calls I made during the course of a game as a basketball official; if I missed one late in a close game, all the good calls didn?t matter. Human error is part of sports. No matter how much money we spend trying to eliminate it, […]

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A window on life and dreams

?Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life?dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves and every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.? ?NARENDRA NATH DATTA I?m about to confess something that is part sad, part silly. I?m […]

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Spring is the renewal of life

I love springtime! The warmer weather and greening of the earth consoles my soul. All the new life around seems to murmur words of hope. Flowers especially make me feel so alive and in tune with nature, their beauty offering some peace. Now I have a confession to make: The plants on my front porch are fake. I have fake […]

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Emergency was a wake-up call

Life is precious. It is delicate and tough all at the same time, but it can be taken from you in a moments notice without warning. I was working in Hills?boro office a few weeks ago when I received a call from my wife, Lindsey, saying that her mother was going into surgery and that she didn?t know much more […]

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Go ahead do it, even if badly

?I do it badly…like I do a lot of things? ?Anne Lamott Here?s the thing about being a chicken. You get yourself nestled into a corner behind a tall barrier; you?re comfortable, teetering on ironic confidence. Although you hear the chaos around you, it?s quiet down low, just the mud beneath your feet and the mask distorting your view. Eventually, […]

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