My Musings

To the Grave and Beyond!

To the Grave and Beyond!

I like mottos. Here are a few of mine:

  • “Be joyful in hope.”
  • (Romans 12:12)
  • “If you love to learn, you’ll learn to love.”
  • “It is good to be smart, but it is better to be good.”
  • “Love the sinner, not the sin.”

If you don’t have a life motto, take any of mine! Better yet, come up with your own. Or borrow one from a historical hero. Just make sure it is one worth carrying to your ...

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A Primer on Proverbs

A Primer on Proverbs

“I have found that the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and advise them to do it.”
Harry S. Truman (1884 –1972, the 33rd US President)

Where can you get good advice these days? Talk TV? The news? The net? Consumer Reports can advise you on buying a car. Books with advice on handling the opposite sex are falling off the shelves. Every commercial ...

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“OUR POLAR STAR”
The legacy of Barton W. Stone

“OUR POLAR STAR”  <br>The legacy of Barton W. Stone

At the far end of the handle of the Little Dipper is Ursa Minor. Pilots and navigators have long called it the Polar Star. You may know it as the North Star.

While all the other stars rotate around the heavens, the Polar Star is always in the north. It is the one constant in the constellation of the northern hemisphere sky. Ancient mariners and explorers relied on it for a fixed point of reference through the night.

An artist ...

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In Their Shoes

In Their Shoes

If you had been a Pilgrim in 1621, would you have been thankful?

That year, Gov. William Bradford chose a day for giving thanks to God and he invited local Indians to their humble celebration. Chief Massasoit came with 90 Indians to feast on fish, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, clams, venison, and plums. To strengthen their resolve, they cited King David’s words in the 92nd Psalm: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord.”

This goodness is ...

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“It’s A Wonderful Life”

“It’s A Wonderful Life”

When it comes to Christmas movies, “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) surpasses all other favorites. Why? Because it’s a story about man’s greatest need (conversion) and the most formidable force standing against it (ourselves). It’s about the battle between virtue and vice that rages in us all.

George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) has big dreams that repeatedly get trampled over by real life in a not so wonderful world. George’s unselfishness enables others to fulfill their dreams, ...

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The Best Argument Against Multi-Culturalism is…
Noah Webster (1758-1843)

The Best Argument Against Multi-Culturalism is… <br>Noah Webster (1758-1843)

When Noah Webster was born (October 16, 1758), America was by no means united in its culture, language, values, or political institutions. Colonial America consisted of competing groups that spoke various dialects of English, German, French, Dutch and other languages. Values and virtues varied dramatically across the rancorous colonial landscape. Almost since the Mayflower, earnest Puritans and mercenary materialists lived side by side. Some lived in harmony with Indians and others did not (mostly the mercenaries).

In 1776, with war looming ...

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Actually!
(Voting Integrity)

Actually! <br> (Voting Integrity)

Our cherished right to vote in America is under attack! President Obama issued this dire warning in a speech last April 11th, to the National Action Network (led by Al Sharpton). He vowed to stand up against this heinous threat.

Horrors! What is this country coming to? Voting is a defining building-block for freedom. What repressive force would do this? Who hates freedom that much? Who would seek to undermine the foundations upon which America stands? Tell us who these ...

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“Nothing But Honor”

“Nothing But Honor”

Elevating honor as a guiding principle can yield personal and cultural greatness. However, obsessing on honor for purposes of personal pride can poison relationships and cripple a cause. The American Civil War presents us with a riveting case-study for this humbling dynamic.

First, some fiction. In the movie “Gone With the Wind,” we heard this exchange:

Scarlet O’Hara: “Take me away with you. There is nothing to keep us here.”

Ashley Wilkes: “Nothing but honor.”

Wilkes was refusing a tempting ...

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Fear and Faith

Fear and Faith

If Halloween is a celebration, then what are we celebrating? Judging by the cute skeletons, goblins, ghosts and grave-yard symbols on our doors, windows and walls, it’s fear and death. Maybe it’s our attempt to laugh at death. Perhaps it rose out of the homage we pay to death with winter looming near.

Either way, millions of Halloween celebrants will be looking for ways to scare and be scared—all in fun. They will decorate their homes and bodies with symbols ...

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Resting in Peace
(Visiting Civil War Battlefields)

Resting in Peace <br> (Visiting Civil War Battlefields)

Civil War battlefields stir our souls, humble our hearts and muddy our minds. I know because I recently visited battlefields at Harper’s Ferry, Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania, Antietam, Richmond and Gettysburg. Wow!

Old battlefields are among the most peaceful places you can visit. The tall grass sways winsomely in the breeze. Rustic crooked wooden fences define the boundaries. Noble monuments stand still and silent. Old barns feature bullet and cannon ball holes forever unrepaired. Visitors are not in a hurry. ...

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