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Gary L. Welton


    Mon, August 25, 2014

    Cell Phones While Driving?



    According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 14 states have enacted laws against hand-held use of cell phones by all drivers. These 14 states ...

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    Mon, August 11, 2014

    Retirement: A New and Different Form of Work


    Both financial and physical well-being in retirement require foresight and planning. Although far too many people fail to plan their financial resources, perhaps even more people fail to plan how to ...

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    Wed, July 16, 2014

    The VA Scandal: Federal Failure


    Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 2014. An audit released in early June found that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never got care, and that records ...

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    Tue, June 24, 2014

    Tragedy to End All Tragedies


    The Great War (sometimes in America it was termed the European War) was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, 100 years ago this week, on June 28, 1914. The war was a ...

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    Fri, June 13, 2014

    Daddy, Daddy I'm Doing OK


    I took my first CPR course as a young adult, as required by my employer. I had taken an entry level job as a residential manager (houseparent), working with handicapped adults in a small group home ...

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    Mon, April 28, 2014

    Your Trash, My Spring Yard Work


    After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, I perused the lawn and enjoyed the various signs of spring. A few crocuses were already in bloom. The ...

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    Thu, April 17, 2014

    Forgiveness Incarnate


    On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate.
    Our responsibility to ...

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    Fri, March 21, 2014

    Mother Nature


    News stories from around the country focus on blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, droughts, and other natural disasters. It seems that we live at the mercy of Mother Nature. We do not control our ...

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    Wed, February 12, 2014

    Mind Control


    Ten degrees, below zero. Bitter wind chills. Snow to shovel. Nasty head cold. Stuffy and sneezy. Coughing. But I choose to control my thinking. I choose not to ruminate on todays' struggles, real and ...

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    Wed, January 29, 2014

    Can You Ready This Essay?


    If you are still following along, then you can answer in the affirmative. According to a recent CNN article, however, a surprising number of the college athletes we watch playing basketball or ...

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    Thu, January 09, 2014

    Alone Again


    Our elderly church member and friend had been widowed, again. When we visited his home, we saw that he had written on his calendar, "Alone again." He was a man of strong faith, and he was ...

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    Tue, December 31, 2013

    Another New Year's Resolution?


    For many years, on January 1, I resolved to practice a more active and healthy lifestyle; instead, I experienced consistent failure.

    The American College of Sports ...

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    Tue, December 10, 2013

    Equations of Christmas


    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season's Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas.
    Being at our season of life, in those ...

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    Wed, November 27, 2013

    A Transformational Thanksgiving


    Historically, the field of psychology focused on mental illness and dysfunction. Positive psychology developed as a unique new subdiscipline as recently as 1998. Instead of investigating the question ...

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    Wed, October 16, 2013

    Teenage Sex a Family Affair?


    According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may have more wisdom than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) ...

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    Fri, September 20, 2013

    Living Our Lives 'Under God'


    The American Humanist Association has renewed the efforts of some atheists to remove the words "under God" from our Pledge of Allegiance. The organization argued recently in the ...

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    Thu, September 05, 2013

    Parental Knowledge: Blind Spots


    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) frequently airs public-service announcements suggesting that parents should be talking to their children about the dangers of drugs. This is based on ...

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    Tue, July 30, 2013

    Intentional Dementia


    During Mother's last few months, conversations were extremely difficult to follow because her mind seamlessly switched from one decade to another. Isaac Singer writes, "Sometimes she'd tangle ...

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    Mon, July 08, 2013

    Essential Parenting


    If you believe everything you read, then kids are doomed. If both of their parents work outside the home, then it's hopeless. If one parent is a pastor, then forget about it. If one parent is ...

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    Wed, May 08, 2013

    My Inheritance


    The great 20th century novelist Chaim Potok wrote, in his novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, "You have a gift, Asher Lev. You have a responsibility." My Mom had a gift of 89 years, 89 years to ...

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    Wed, April 24, 2013

    Academic Freedom, Civility, and the Name of Jesus


    Recently, a self-proclaimed Christian instructor at Florida Atlantic University asked his students to write "Jesus" on a piece of paper and step on it. The exercise was from a textbook ...

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    Wed, March 27, 2013

    True Happiness


    One of the most famous opening lines in literature comes from Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina: "All happy families are like one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
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    Tue, December 18, 2012

    Time of Giving, Giving of Time


    Christ is quoted, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Therein is one of life's toughest lessons. How do we teach our children the habit of giving?

    We know that social ...

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    Tue, December 04, 2012

    The Dividends of Self Control


    As Christmas approaches, Americans are once again spending a lot of money. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on the importance of self-control in our lives.

    Experience, an ...

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    Wed, November 26, 2008

    I'm Positive About Parenting


    Both our media and our politicians tell us that it is a terrible time to rear children. As parents, we are tempted to sing, "Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way?" We ...

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