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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 • Posted February 13, 2015
During a recent vacation, my wife and I paid a visit to Inez Horner, an elderly cousin of mine who lives in the beautiful Heber Valley of Utah. Because we live in Texas, she was especially excited to see us. Almost immediately upon entering her home, she rummaged through a drawer and produced a letter that she had received from a long-lost friend.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 • Posted February 6, 2015
Although I was born in the United States, I acquired Mexican citizenship through my father who was born in Chihuahua. Because I was living in Mexico as a youth, it was necessary to register with the Mexican military and to obtain some basic training. While still in high school I was issued a “cartilla” that certified that I had fulfilled my military obligation and that I was in good standing in the Mexican Army Reserve.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • Posted January 30, 2015
Juan Quezada spent his boyhood scouring the canyons and forests of Mexico’s Sierra Madre in search of wood with which to make charcoal to sell in the local markets. Wherever his huarache-clad feet carried him in that rugged but scenic land, he found evidence of a past civilization, mostly in the form of pottery shards.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 • Posted January 23, 2015
One evening a boy was talking to his grandfather about current events. He asked what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general. The granddad replied, “Well, let me think a minute. I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 16, 2015
The other day I came across a six-inch by eight-inch board. Glued to it and coated over with varnish is a painting of a ship foundering in high seas. I remembered that it had been given to me by a third grade girl in Veracruz, Mexico. Because of the love with which it was offered by that little dark-eyed child, I have kept it and treasured it for more than 45 years.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 9, 2015
I think most of us have heard the story about the man who encountered a little boy while walking along the seashore. The boy was picking up starfish that he found stranded on the beach and was throwing them back into the ocean one at a time. “What are you doing?” asked the man.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 • Posted January 2, 2015
Being the principal of a 3200-student high school is akin to managing a fairly large city. Besides the students, there are close to a couple of hundred professional staff including teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, vocational personnel, ROTC instructors, coaches, musicians and administrators. There are secretaries, clerks, aides, custodians, cafeteria workers, grounds crew, substitutes, volunteers, and even a police force.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 • Posted December 31, 2014
A recent survey by LifeWayResearch.com found that 79 percent of Americans surveyed believe that Christmas should be “more about Jesus.” Many churches use the Christmas season to host special services featuring the music of Christmas with special nativity displays and the retelling of the Christmas story. Some congregations use the occasion to evangelize on behalf of their faith. However, some churches skip special events altogether on that day believing that “every day is a holy day.” ...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 • Posted December 31, 2014
Once upon a time there was a young boy who struggled to find the perfect Christmas gift for his father. A mail-order tie from the Sears & Roebuck catalogue just didn’t seem to be the answer. Living on a small farm in the midst of the Great Depression with its shortage of cash money made Christmas shopping all the more difficult.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 • Posted December 31, 2014
The Bible is the best-selling book of all time—estimates run as high as 6 billion worldwide, one for almost every person alive. Yet it’s a rare Bible owner who picks it up often enough to pick up much of what’s in it. Sixty percent of Americans say they read the Bible at least on occasion, but fewer than half can name the first book.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
“The Mailbox” was a short black and white film produced by Brigham Young University back in the 1960’s. It told the story of a little old lady who lived alone in her quaint rural farm home. She and her husband had raised two children in the rustic little house that was set back from the tree-lined road several hundred feet.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted November 28, 2014
The origins of the Thanksgiving holiday go back to the very founding of the American republic. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are both credited with setting aside a national day of thanksgiving--Washington in 1789 and Lincoln in 1863. Ever since those times we have been expressing our gratitude for our many blessings.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 • Posted November 21, 2014
For as long as I can remember, the “Star-Spangled Banner” has held a prominent place in my church’s hymn book. It is more than simply a patriotic song. In its entirety it speaks not only of country but also of God and therefore naturally belongs with other sacred hymns. I have sung all three verses all of my life and therefore was surprised when I discovered that many Americans have never heard the second and third verses—and are even surprised to find out they even exist.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Posted November 14, 2014
I was fortunate, indeed, to land a job right out of college that took me all over Mexico from top to bottom and places in-between. I was charged with the supervision of ten primary schools scattered along the west coast and in southeastern Mexico. In several of those places my father had either supervised the construction of the schools, had purchased the properties or had built a nearby church.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 • Posted November 6, 2014
When my third grade teacher read us a story about the life of a giant redwood tree or sequoia, I was impressed. I was even more impressed many years later when I actually saw a giant redwood tree up close. Although the largest giant redwood in existence does not hold any records for being the oldest, tallest, or broadest tree in the world, nothing can match its sheer volume.