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A lesson from a ruined postcard

  1. 26th December 2006
  2. Wallace G. Smith

The weather that we have experienced so far this winter has me harkening back to our first Missouri snowfall, last winter. Being Texans, it was a big deal to us, and since it was a very mild winter last year, it was the only accumulating snowfall that we had as a family.

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Are you ready for Christmas?

  1. 19th December 2006
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

"Are you all ready for Christmas?" my dental hygienist cheerfully inquired as I headed for her chair, dreading the next half hour, as I dutifully went for my semi-annual dental cleaning.

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Tis the season – customs with a curse

  1. 12th December 2006
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

Tis the season ... a time for beautiful music, lovely pageantry, parties, fun and family time, the annual bedlam in shopping malls, specialty stores, discount houses and now the Internet. Much of the world is caught up in what is called the "spirit of the season" evidenced by a gift buying frenzy, which often puts the purchasers deep into debt and which fills...

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Was Turkey visit a "win-win" scenario for the Pope?

  1. 05th December 2006
  2. Wallace G. Smith

The world has watched with interest (and, perhaps, apprehension) as Pope Benedict XVI has undertaken his first excursion to a Muslim nation. The common thought has been that the Vatican had large stakes riding on the visit and that the pope had to tread carefully.

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Pandemic flu; it has hit before – will it come again?

  1. 28th November 2006
  2. Carl Ponder (1939-2007)

Recently I spent some time with my 92-year old mother. She had just received her latest issue of AARP The Magazine, which contained a very sobering interview with Dr. Robert G. Webster, one of the world's leading virologist and flu experts. Dr. Webster correctly pointed out that the 1918 flu pandemic, which sickened and killed millions around the world, was...

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Really, I am thankful

  1. 21st November 2006
  2. Gary F. Ehman

Jesus Christ said in Matthew 6:25: "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?"

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How to win an atomic war

  1. 15th November 2006
  2. Carl Ponder (1939-2007)

Ever since the first atomic bomb demolished Hiroshima, military thinkers have wrestled with the question of how to fight and win an atomic war. Now with North Korea and possibly other countries going nuclear, the world is becoming a much more dangerous place.

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Stem cell research – what BOTH sides miss

  1. 03rd November 2006
  2. Wallace G. Smith

With mid-term elections drawing near, politics at its "best" has been on display. One of the most heated and passionate races has not been between two people, but between two views on a contentious issue: embryonic stem cell research and what many call "cloning."

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Why is a kid like you out on a night like this?

  1. 24th October 2006
  2. Gary F. Ehman

The headlines glaringly scream: "Sex Offenders See New Limits for Halloween"; "Plan Ahead and Avoid Halloween Violence"; "Halloween: A Very Dangerous Day for Children"; "Halloween Costumes Cause Pedestrian Accidents"; "Police Warn about Drugged Candy."

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