Don’s Column

The Legacy

August 9 is my father’s birthday, and I have been thinking about him. He died in 1987 at the age of sixty-one, shattering my illusion that such a life force should live to at least ninety-four, which is what he would be today. I confess how deeply I wish he had lived to meet his […]

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Sitting just outside the open-air tabernacle, I struck up a conversation with the grandmother sitting next to me. “How old is your grandson?” I asked, referring to the little boy she was holding. “Two,” she said, an answer I was expecting, but it proved to be a good conversation starter and an opportunity for me […]

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Just shy of my sixty-third birthday, I began coming to grips with a personal flaw that I can no longer ignore or pretend is not there. Frankly, it is a private sin, and one about which I have never felt the need to make a public confession. Nevertheless, I’ve come to the conclusion that such […]

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A More Excellent Way

Americans have become addicted to binary thinking, and it is destroying the fabric of our society. The tendency in America today is to see every issue as black or white, as right or wrong. It is the temptation to view every person as an enemy or an ally. This binary thinking is challenging the capacity […]

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There is a narrow bridge – a very narrow bridge – on the farm-to-market road I take to Siete Ranch these days. Earlier in the year, the county decided to widen the bridge, and I was thrilled about that. But the work has moved forward at a snail’s pace, and that is stating the matter […]

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Renewing the Vision

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence) Thus, the remarkable vision of our Founders, all of whom were flawed human beings. We can be […]

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Our Children

I just returned to my office from the 9 a.m. start of our Vacation Bible School. There is nothing like starting your day with 500 kids singing, dancing, and shouting in unison, “God is Good!” Being around children is contagious and, at its best, life-changing. Just ask any young parent. But you don’t have to […]

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Have you noticed that there are two kinds of people? There are those who wave and those who don’t. I have observed this quite a bit while navigating the alleys in our neighborhood. It seems to me that the natural thing to do when you find yourself in one of those awkward alley moments (you […]

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Ditch the GPS

There was an article in last week’s Washington Post titled, “Ditch the GPS. It’s ruining your brain.” The journalist who wrote the piece, M. R. O’Connor, quoted various experts and scientific studies, the details of which are too numerous to list here. But the main point of the article might be summarized by this statement: “…neuroscientists can […]

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On June 5, 1944, as General Dwight Eisenhower prepared to launch the D-Day invasion, he considered the possibility that the allied soldiers would meet defeat on the beaches of Normandy, and so he penned an informal note that he hoped would never be needed. He placed it in his wallet, and it was later preserved […]

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