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St. Joseph, Missouri, Urban Trail in Winter

I happen to be in St. Joseph, Missouri, today.  The NFL playoffs brought me to town to visit old friends.  We arrived early and I decided to take a hike along the City’s Urban Trails.  The scenery is spectacular in Winter.  But the scenery points out the enigma of St. Joseph Leadership.   Check out the […]

17Jan2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Curse The Kansas City Chiefs

Cursed.  Or cursed.  We can only know for sure that we curse our favorite NFL Team – the Kansas City Chiefs.  Clark Hunt made a valiant effort last year to change the course of dismal tomfoolery exhibited virtually every Sunday in the fall football season.  But this team has to rank among the all-time worst […]

6Dec2009 | | Comments Off on Curse The Kansas City Chiefs | Continued
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George Carlin on Saving The Planet

Check out George Carlin in this youtube video.  What is your take?  Is Carlin opposed to modern environmentalists – or is Carlin being sarcastic? Check it out – what do you think? Listen closely – what is Carlin’s message? I agree wtih Carlin.  The planet will be fine – but we humans will no longer […]

21May2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Boy Scouts Fight The ACLU

Last year I went down to St. Joe, Mo., to participate in a Boy Scout Pine Wood Derby.  Well, actually I was more of a spectator than a participant.  But some of those events are small and even the spectators feel like we are somehow participating.  This particular event was at a ‘district’ level. There […]

13May2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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The Freegan Insurrection

My wife and I have been attempting to evaluate our lifestyle for some time now, hoping to live out our values as followers of Jesus and to create a sense of equity in our lives with the less fortunate. We have taken up recycling and composting, selling off our excess and getting back to the […]

12Dec2008 | | Comments Off on The Freegan Insurrection | Continued
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Santa Claus Is Coming – So, You Better Watch Out

My family has been working on simplifying our life for years. We have sold most of our stuff, paid off our debts, downsized in apartments, streamlined our food budget, etc. We drive old cars and shop at the thrift store. We are not saints and are not trying to be, but the lengths that we […]

12Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Santa Claus Is Coming – So, You Better Watch Out | Continued
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Thoughts on Misunderstanding Charity

The holiday season is upon us, and everyone is geared up for the giving season. I think that a conversation on the merits of charity is essential at this stage of the game. I read an article on Trying To Follow a while back about clothing drives. It has some great fodder for conversation. In […]

12Dec2008 | | Comments Off on Thoughts on Misunderstanding Charity | Continued
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Do What You Do On Purpose

‘I have talked and written at length in articles for this magazine about the lifestyle choices that my wife and I have made for our family, but I feel it would be appropriate to spend some time on why we make those choices.  Having a purpose in your decision is as important as the decision […]

10Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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5 gifts that can change the world

It is that time of year when I scramble to get the last gifts before all of the other saps try scrambling to get the last gift, thus, I beat the crowd  My family has been trying to get away from the obligatory knick-knack purchases that we have always ended up getting for those that […]

9Dec2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Of Courage Undaunted

Mental illness strikes at the soul of man. The insanity degenerates with the ‘righteous’ who are quick to pull the sin card. Meriwether Lewis, that great American icon of exploration, suffered a mental illness that we know of today as depression.

6Nov2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Opinions vs. Convictions

Dad, I think that convictions get muddled because they get confused with opinions. The difference lies in action and inaction. if we sit around the table in your living room and sip coffee and talk about feeding the hungry or staying out of debt, then that conversation is founded in opinion. If we cut up […]

10Sep2007 | | Comments Off on Opinions vs. Convictions | Continued
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Say Never

Dad, I don’t like that phrase “never say never.” I hear that a lot. My wife and I will never borrow any money again. I said it. We will never get divorced. I said it again. I will never inject myself with anything that isn’t prescribed. Man, I am on a roll. I believe that […]

10Sep2007 | | Comments Off on Say Never | Continued