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Today's Opinions

  • Some things you just can’t plan

    I’ve always been a planner. I have a precise schedule in my head, a physical copy in a spiral-bound book and several alarms set in my phone. I guess you could call it a control problem, but I would call it preparedness.

    I plan down to the minute of my day.

    This is when I have to be at work. This is when I eat. This is when I go to the gym. This is when I go to sleep.

    I even plan in my personal life. A phone call goes out to my mom at 5 p.m., my best friend at 6 p.m., dinner with friends at 7 p.m., favorite show at 8 p.m.

  • Have you found your place in the sun or Son?

    Have you ever heard someone talk about finding their place in the sun? It means that a person finds a job or a situation that makes them happy and provides lots of money and fame so they feel important.
    It comes from the German foreign policy of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who would lead Germany and the world into World War I. Kaiser Wilhelm wanted to transform Germany into a global power through aggressive actions and a large navy to project German power.

  • Urban camping trip

    I might have mentioned before, at least once or twice, that I’m not much of a camper.
    My camping experiences have been limited to sleeping in a tent one night on the corner of a friend’s deck, two nights at my daughter’s scouting event and 10 extremely stressful nights in Haiti umpteen years ago.
    But none of those excursions were really like true camping. Other people did all of the planning and cooking. I just showed up and did what I was told.

  • Giving vs. getting
  • Letter to the Editor - Aug. 27, 2015

    Thank God for Donald Trump!
    He is the most qualified person to be the president of the United States because he has not held an elected position before where he had to accept the money of certain interests to pay back by doing their bidding later on!

  • Couples praying for and with one another

    I was running hard and mad. My wife had made me really angry, and I just put on my running gear and headed down the road. I was praying the whole time, and my prayers were for God to fix my wife.
    I told God all about all the crazy things she had said or done. Today I can’t remember even what the fight was about. All I remember was when I got quiet, and decided to listen for God’s gentle whisper to speak to me.

  • My cousin's weddin'

    This coming weekend, my cousin is getting married.  I don’t get to see that branch of the family very often, so I am considering driving to St. Louis for the ceremony.  I mentioned the possibility to my 8-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son.  

    Phoebe was, of course, very excited and immediately began discussing what she should wear.  This is a child after my own shallow heart.  She knows wearing just the right outfit can make or break any event. 

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