Category: Letters From Home

Letters From Home

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Does Race Really Matter?

Transcript from Walla Walla Union Bulletin, Walla Walla, Washington December 20, 1950 Seattle (AP) – A blow on the head with a baseball bat in a neighborhood altercation was fatal Tuesday to Merritt Scotten, 33 year old Seattle pipe fitter. He died of a skull fracture Saturday night. Leon W. Venson 28 a neighbor has […]

25Nov2015 | | 1 comment | Continued
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“Let It Begin With Me”

Occasionally we hear quotes, slogans, sayings, something that seems innocuous on the surface, but resonates with wisdom upon further inspection.  Al-Anon, a program for the families and friends of Alcoholics, has official slogans which are raised to the level of proverb, of wisdom, of scripture in the program.  One such saying is “Let It Begin […]

8Dec2014 | | 4 comments | Continued
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U. S. Postal Stamp Price Increase – Who Suffers?

This past week the United States Postal Service announced plans to raise the price of a postage stamp by $.02.  What is two cents?  Two Cents is virtually nothing to most of us.  But to those who depend on the Postal Service that two cents can be an increasing burden on an already difficult life.  […]

9Jul2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Drug Court – Systemically Flawed

A quick check of the court briefs in the local newspaper gives startling evidence of losing the war on drugs. The paper reported six people sentenced to prison – all for drug charges – five methamphetamine and one cocaine. We are talking about rural northwest Missouri. The first Drug Court was established in Dade County […]

21Dec2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Everything Happens for A Reason

Son, “Everything happens for a reason.”  How many times have we heard that?  And how many smart people have we heard make that comment?  The statement is usually made in the context of spirituality or religion – seldom in the context of science.  But the statement is only true in the context of science.  And […]

16Dec2008 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Ron Paul – the Physician Metaphor

Son, Ron Paul is a physician, a doctor, a M. D. Some folks think that qualifies him to be President. He is obviously very intelligent and very well educated. I suspect he knows a thing or two about health care issues. His physician experience is as a flight surgeon in the U. S. Air Force […]

29Dec2007 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Piling Snow on Snow

Son, I live in the Midwest.   We have been in the bullseye of weather systems for several weeks.  The Great Ice Storm of 2007 took away our electrical power.  Now we are inundated with snow on snow. I have about 250 feet of sidewalks to be shoveled.  And I shovel with my little red […]

29Dec2007 | | 0 comments | Continued
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The Point of Leadership

Son, Leadership is not personal.  Leadership is not about what I do at home in the evening, when no one is watching.  Leadership is about what one does when everyone is watching. I really don’t care about the televangelist who privately has a couple of mistresses on the side.  Who cares – what is the […]

29Dec2007 | | 0 comments | Continued
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The Christams Aftermath…

Dad, Christmas is over, and my house is a wreck.  I have been doing laps around the kitchen and living room with my son getting geared up to clean.  I have had two cups of coffee and have checked my email twice, trying to get through the neglected part of my inbox.  I started some […]

27Dec2007 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Chris Matthews on Morning Joe

Son, Chris Matthews has lost complete touch with reality. Matthews is the host of the MSNBC program Hardball. They call it Hardball because Matthews is supposed to be asking the hard questions. That was probably true – a couple of years ago. On Morning Joe this morning, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Joe and Matthews were talking […]

29Nov2007 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Creativity, Spirituality, and the Golden Compass

Dad, I believe that creativity is a natural result of spirituality. The two are intrinsically linked, and you can’t have one without the other. The creative process, though, much like lifestyle choices or world views and paradigms, is a result of a lifetime of experiences and degrees of nurturing. Everyone has a different life experience, […]

28Nov2007 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Family Life and Family Values

Son, I respect the values you and your spouse have adopted. But life is not all or nothing – your choices have actually provided your family opportunities that others will not have. This is not criticism, this is a compliment. The ideas of no debt, of frugal money management, of thrift store shopping, of minimal […]

27Nov2007 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Simplicity and the Five Person Family

Dad, As you now know, my wife and I are having another baby. We are leaving the two child paradigm and entering into a new phase of family life. The idea of three children is a little daunting, but I think it will be good for us. The question becomes, “How do we maintain a […]

27Nov2007 | | 0 comments | Continued
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MU and OU – A Trail of Tears to the Dust Bowl

Missou went into hostile territory a few weeks ago without their star running back – and with their weakened offense took the game to the Sooners. Mizzou is on the march, they are stepping in cadence, they are at full strength.

26Nov2007 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Philip Pullman – The Golden Compass

Son, Get ready for another wave of hoopla about literature and Christianity. Philip Pullman is a writer. He makes up stories. Like C. S. Lewis, he has written children’s stories of other parallel worlds. His trilogy, “His Dark Materials,” is viewed by many as a response to “The Chronicles of Narnia,” by Lewis. One of […]

26Nov2007 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Cronyism – It Never Works

Son, Good Old Boys, buddies, cronies, buds – terms of endearment. Harry Truman had a bunch of cronies. He gave some of them jobs in the White House. Not important jobs, just a paycheck to hang around and play poker at night. The important jobs of Vice President, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense […]

26Nov2007 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Old Dogs and Progress

Son, Your sister had a dog, Sadie. Sadie is half schnauzer and half cocker spaniel. A pain in the ass combination. At 14 pounds that dog thought she was the boss of the world. She had springs for legs and was always jumping around, growling and barking at something – she had the disposition of […]

26Nov2007 | | 1 comment | Continued