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The Unheralded Virtue

Name a virtue that you admire in others and want to cultivate in yourself. So, what word came to mind? Courage would have been a good answer, for so many peopl...
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Learning to See

A worthy goal for the year 2012 is learning to see. Have you ever puzzled over those statements in the Bible about people who had eyes but could not s...
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Can You Hear the Music?

It was an experiment set up more than a year ago now by the Washington Post. I don’t know how I missed it, and most of you may have seen the online video cli...
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I Love That Kid!

I don’t know Josh Ripley, but I love that kid! Let me tell you why. Sixteen-year-old Josh is a junior at Andover (Minn.) High School. He was running ...
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Everybody Is Doing It

All of us know the term “peer pressure.” It’s what our mothers used to counter when their daughters wanted to dress like street-walkers or their sons reeked of ...
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Kindness Makes a Difference

Many years ago while watching the Disney Channel with my daughter, I heard a wonderful story about the north wind and the sun. The north wind tells the sun it ...
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The Examined Life

The ancient challenge “Know yourself!” is as relevant now as when it was chiseled into the marble at Delphi. Challenged by it, Socrates dared to walk the street...
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Too Soon to Give Up

She wanted to talk with me about her son. It wasn’t that he is a “bad” boy or has had any serious problems, she said. But she was worried about the fact that he...
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