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Ever Been Helpless?

No one wants to feel utterly helpless. It is human nature to want to feel as if we are in control of our lives . . . but sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. Do you remember a time when you felt absolutely helpless? What did you do about it? What was...

Did You Have a Blankie?

Have you ever “attached” yourself to something? Like – really attached? Some babies attach themselves to their pacifiers for comfort. Other small children have a special stuffed animal or my personal favorite, a blankie, and that is their comfort piece. I still...

You’re Full of Yourself!

Have you ever been in a debate with someone about a political or moral issue and you find yourself saying, “If you’ve already made up your mind about this then why are we discussing it? Why bother?” Or . . . have you ever been told, “You are just so full of yourself!”...

Dependent on Nothing and No One

A few years ago I had the opportunity to spend the night at the Homeless Shelter that New Story Church in Winston Salem offers throughout the winter months. Part of the experience was the time we sat around the dinner table with the guests of the shelter. That was a...

I See You! I Hear You!

Forgive me for a tv example . . . .  but years ago there was a show Parenthood (now on my gluttonous guilty pleasure Netflix)in which the father figure, Zeek, had some difficulty relating to his wife, Camille. Throughout the series, especially in the beginning, he...

Happiness is Happenstance

Have you ever felt “happy” to only find that within a matter of minutes, the day “tanked?” One phone call, one text, one email, one exchange with another human being . . . bad news, a difficult situation to face, harsh words were spoken. . . and the feeling of...

Changing One’s Mind

The Help is a great movie giving us a very real depiction of what segregated life was like for African Americans in America prior to some laws that brought about slow change. When “The Help” begins, aspiring journalist Skeeter returned from four years at Ole Miss to...

Iconoclast

Have you ever heard the phrase “sacred cows?” A “sacred cow” is an idea, custom, or institution held, especially unreasonably, to be above criticism or change. It references the Hindus' respect for the cow as a sacred animal. The first time I did something wrong at...

He Opened His Mouth

Have you ever found yourself saying, “It was all good until he or she opened his/her mouth?” Perhaps you were admiring someone that you wanted to date . . . and it was all good until they spoke. Then you decided . . . “Ummmmm, not for me.” Or . . . you had a...

Have You Ever Broken the Rules?

It was my junior year of high school and for some horrific reason I had “Keyboarding 2.”  Apparently whatever academic class I wanted was full, so I got my THIRD choice of elective . . . and back then I didn’t have the wisdom to question or buck the system, so I...