The Yardstick of Success

April 20, 2018

My father died seven years ago this week, and as I reflected on the anniversary of his death, I remembered what a tremendous honor it was to give the eulogy at his funeral. I have spoken at many funerals through the years, but of course, this one was different. This one was both harder and […]

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Be a Hero

I have had the chance to be in touch with over one thousand heroes this week. There are of course many kinds of heroes. In this case, I am referring the above quote from Fred Rogers, “Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.” Last week our Samaritan Family Wellness […]

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How Do We Know When Morning Has Begun?

April 6, 2018

This week marked the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. I was reminded of what a profound impact that event had on my then twelve-year-old self when I attended an interfaith gathering to honor Dr. King’s legacy this week. At the gathering, Rabbi Noah Chertkoff, Imam Yaseen Masjid Al-Rahman, […]

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The Ground Begins to Soften

March 30, 2018

For those of us who celebrate Easter in the northern hemisphere, we are blessed to have abundant symbols of resurrection and rebirth all around us. We are blessed to enjoy the new buds on the trees, the return of birds that have been south for the winter, the lengthening of the days, and the overall […]

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The Importance of Rituals

March 23, 2018

We had the joy of staying with our grandkids recently for an overnight and probably the most important instructions we received before the parents left had to do with bedtime rituals. Every family with young children has them, and as with all rituals, their power comes from their familiarity, order, and repetition. Rituals are essential […]

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The Shelter of Each Other

March 16, 2018

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few of my favorite Irish sayings: May the wind be always at your back. May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far. You’ve got to […]

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Loving Well

March 9, 2018

This week I am sharing some material I wrote for the Living Compass booklet of daily readings entitled Living Well Through Lent 2018. The theme of this booklets is “Loving With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind.”   *     *     *     *     *     * […]

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Changing Direction

March 2, 2018

Several years ago I was paddling my canoe around the bend of a fast moving Canadian river. I felt prepared because I had studied my map closely, which showed that a series of rapids was just around the corner. Fortunately, the map also showed a place to pull ashore just before the rapids, so that […]

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Making a Difference

February 23, 2018

This week’s column is written by Holly Hughes Stoner, my wife of 40 years. For the past thirty-five years, she has worked with youth as an elementary school teacher, a middle school teacher and as a high school teacher. Today she is a marriage and family therapist and serves as the Director of Teen and […]

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The Power of Stories

February 16, 2018

Marissa and Hannah Brandt have played hockey together their entire lives. These sisters grew up playing on the same team until they went off to different colleges, playing hockey then for their respective schools. And now they are playing for two different teams in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, with Hannah playing for […]

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