String of Pearls

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THE PEARLS The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. “Oh please, Mommy, can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?” Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into … Read More

Be a Lion Tamer

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A first grade teacher seated her students in a circle. She asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. One by one, each child got up and announced, “I’d like to be a nurse like my mother,” or “I want to be a banker like my father,” or “I want to be a teacher like you, Miss … Read More

Crabby Old Woman

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When an old lady died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital, it was believed that she had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through her meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. Crabby Old … Read More

The Rich Family In Church

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The Rich Family In Church By Eddie Ogan The Rich Family In Church • Original article • Original article in German (MS Word file) • Response • Responses to the response • Update on the author’s life • How to help Eddie I’ll never forget Easter 1946. I was 14, my little sister Ocy was 12, and my older sister … Read More

ALL THE GOOD THINGS

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By Sister Helen P. Mrosla He was in the first third grade class I taught at Saint Mary’s School in Morris, Minn. All 34 of my students were dear to me, but Mark Eklund was one in a million. Very neat in appearance, but had that happy-to-be-alive attitude that made even his occasional mischievousness delightful. Mark talked incessantly. I had … Read More

Listen

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As a writer I am always looking for inspiration. I can always tell that God has a sense of humor too, because my best inspirations often come at the most inconvenient times when I have nothing to write them down on. I can remember once years ago when I was walking with my children around a local lake in the … Read More

The Use of Money

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When a man spends his own money to buy something for himself, he is very careful about how much he spends and how he spends it. When a man spends his own money to buy something for someone else, he is still very careful about how much he spends, but somewhat less on what he spends it on. When a … Read More

Priorities

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A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a … Read More

A Willful Walk

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In September 1985, Readers Digest ran a story titled “Letter in the Wallet,” written by Arnold Fine. Fine tells how one bitterly cold day he stumbled upon a wallet on the street. It had just three dollars in it and a crumpled-up letter that obviously had been carried around for many years. The letter was dated sixty years earlier and … Read More

Dr. Detail

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We’ve all seen them: those Facebook posts in which two people meet with seeming randomness, only to come away from the unlikely encounter having learned that You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover. Or that There Is a Little Good in All of Us. Or that There But for the Grace of God Go I. Have you have ever … Read More

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