Merry Christmas… or Happy Holidays?

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. Roy L. Smith 1887–1963 Last week, one of my neighbors put up a yard sign saying “Christmas is all about JESUS.” I couldn’t help but think that their message presented a very narrow interpretation of the Christmas season, and one that largely misses the point. I agree that Christmas shouldn’t be a consumer-driven, consumption-focused holiday. But if we go too far in the other direction — defining the holiday with a Christian perspective that excludes other beliefs — then we’re still forgetting the spirit of the season. Jesus …
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“Turn camera off!”

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 – 1962 One of my nieces has an adorable daughter named Nora. Nora’s a little more than two years old, but she’s already showing that she’s smarter than a lot of adults. Not long ago, Nora and her parents spent an afternoon exploring a petrified forest. My niece was documenting some of their time on video so they’d have a record of the experience. A minute into the video, Nora turned to …
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Someone to like you

Trying to control or change what we can’t only results in torment. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. Not long ago, there was a Peanuts cartoon featuring Charlie Brown and Lucy that stood out for me. If you aren’t familiar with Peanuts, the characters are young children, maybe five or six years old, and the story lines, though funny or entertaining, can touch on real-life issues. Lucy is a strong-willed, self-assured girl, while Charlie Brown is the kid that never gets anything right; no matter what he does, somehow it turns out wrong. On this occasion, Charlie Brown was lamenting the fact that …
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