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Criminals, Children, and Twisted Priorities

  1. 27th March 2008
  2. Wallace G. Smith

Most states in the U.S. practice a programmed sequence of events to execute their most violent convicted criminals. There is an injection to anesthetize and take away pain and consciousness, a second injection to paralyze the body, and a third to stop the heart of the unconscious individual—a process designed very carefully to give the condemned offender an...

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Tips on Kite Flying

  1. 25th March 2008
  2. Lehman B. Lyons Jr.

When the weather warms and the wind blows at a constant pace, the kite kit displays appear in all the stores. The winter chill is gradually being pushed aside, along with those fluffy white clouds. A local park becomes a good destination for a lazy weekend adventure in flight.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  1. 20th March 2008
  2. Don Davis

Dr. Jekyll, in novelist Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, was a respected 19th century doctor who concocted a personality-altering potion that turned him into Mr. Hyde, an out-of-control threat on the after-dark streets of London. Little by little, the evil Mr. Hyde took over, until all the good Dr. Jekyll had done was destroyed.

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"A life well spent…"

  1. 18th March 2008
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

I suppose it is a sign of growing older when one gets into the habit of reading the obituaries in the newspaper. Especially if you have been in one place for a very long time, you find the names of friends, business associates and people with whom you have come into contact written up on the obituary pages. It is a sobering reminder of our mortality as human...

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If it doesn't kill you

  1. 13th March 2008
  2. Lehman B. Lyons Jr.

When I was ten, we had a bully named Billy in our neighborhood who threatened to do physical damage to anybody who would cross his path the wrong way.

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Resisting temptation

  1. 11th March 2008
  2. Don Davis

"Temptations come, as a general rule, when they are sought." Those words from nineteenth century Scottish novelist Margaret Oliphant reveal a marvelous understanding of human nature – an understanding few today seem to possess.

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Good dogs gone bad

  1. 06th March 2008
  2. Rod McNair

My cell phone rang with an urgent call from my wife: "Daisy's out—I need your help!" I finished my business, hopped in the car and hurried home through the rain, thankful I was just a few minutes away.

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Home of the brave?

  1. 04th March 2008
  2. Don Davis

The Star-Spangled Banner calls the United States, "the home of the brave." Past generations were moved by the bravery and self-sacrifice of American soldiers during World War II.

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Everything counts

  1. 28th February 2008
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

"Don't sweat the small stuff – and it's all small stuff." So goes the popular saying. We look for a way to avoid stress and to avoid the consequences of our actions. Yet, when it comes down to it, we are ultimately responsible for our actions – and everything counts.

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Hooligans in belgrade

  1. 26th February 2008
  2. Rod McNair

As I was watching the CNN coverage of the riots in Serbia the other day, the news camera zoomed in to some of the action on the street in Belgrade. Several protesters were standing in the back of a pickup truck as it made its way through the swarming throngs of people.

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