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Still Thankful

If you follow me on twitter you probably saw that I posted my daughters conversation about not being mean to God. It is conversations like that I find myself thankful for today, the day after Thanksgiving. Julie and I had a conversation about this last night on the way home from Granny's house. I told Julie that I thought it could be difficult for our kids to grasp the concept of Thanksgiving being special because we try to teach them to live thankful lives. Obviously, Thanksgiving is a day that people are encouraged to count their blessings, but I wonder how much happier folks would be if they...

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Are You watching this?

Have you ever seen something truly amazing? Ever been standing  on a beach with sand between your toes, a light breeze blowing against your skin,   and looked across the ocean to see the sun rise or set? Maybe you've seen some grievously horrible images in your life like the extreme, inhuman, violence of militants in foreign nations against women and children. When we are entranced  by anything authentically remarkable, the remarks that follow are typically one of these: "Can you believe that?" , "Did you see that?" , or "Are you watching this?" It's "shark week" on the discovery channel. I wondered...

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Trust me, just get out!

When I was sixteen years old I drove a 1989 or 90 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. I named her Lucy. She was my first car, and I loved her. She was a two door,  tan with tan, cloth interior, had a cassette player and am/fm radio. I was riding in style in '96, but I had no clue how to take care of a car. I just knew how to drive it, but not how to maintain it. I'll never forget the day Lucy caught on fire on my way to school. I had my younger brother with me, and smoke started emanating from under the hood through the vents of the dashboard and  into our faces. I turned to my brother and calmly said:...

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Out of Bounds

There is not a sport I can think of that doesn't have a border that establishes the boundaries the game is played in. Over the years there have been spectacular feats of athletic skill performed outside the boundaries of the "field of play" that were tremendously impressive, but amounted to nothing more than a side-show circus act in relationship to winning and losing. Lebron James can make all the underhanded half-court shots he wants from beyond the out of bounds line, but it will never get him one of the FOUR championships Kobe Bryant has. I'm sorry, I couldn't resist that one! With the understanding...

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You can handle the truth -Ryan Leak

Have you ever counted on one hand the amount of people that you can really trust? The people in that one hand you've come to know as your girls. Your crew. Your posse. Your homies. Perhaps some of you have bestowed upon this group the name, "family." In that small community of individuals you've become accustomed to trusting with the deepest idiosyncrasies that paint the portrait of who you are... have even they ever broken your trust? Man, I must say, I've been there. Perhaps too often. I mean isn't a reality for at least a minute portion of us that the roller coaster called life and its circumstances...

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