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The Past is Present

I graduated from Western Christian High School exactly 50 years ago this month. One of my closest friends in high school was Phil Smith. Our senior pics are on the right, scanned from our yearbook. After graduating, I headed to Oregon to attend Northwest Christian...

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It’s a Wonderful Life: Pilgrimage to the real Bedford Falls

“It’s a Wonderful Life isn’t the way life is, it’s the way life should be.” – Frank Capra I’ve thought a lot, and read a lot, about “pilgrimage” over the past few years. I embarked on a huge pilgrimage in late 2019 when I walked 550 miles across Spain on the Camino de...

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Adventures with Ledlie Laughlin (1930-2019)

Ledlie Laughlin, Jr. passed from this life early in the morning on January 21, 2019; at 88 years of age (the double-infinity image), by the light of the full moon, and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (which is also the birthday shared by my father and my daughter). His...

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This Old Guitar

I've joined the cult of people committed to walking 10,000 steps per day, every day (well, most days... you know), for exercise; to help preserve the health and fitness of my body as I age. On Saturday, September 15, I achieved my 8th successful 10,000-step day in a...

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