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The Whole Race

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line of the 1980 Boston Marathon.  Her time of 2 hours, 31 minutes, and 56 seconds was extraordinary.  Out of the blue, she was the third fastest female in marathon history.  Heaving with exhaustion, she was escorted by two Boston police officers to… Read more »

Kingdoms

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. The Principality of Sealand claims to be the smallest independent nation in the world. It isn’t much to look at.  It’s made of concrete and steel and is entirely contained in the photo above. Sealand occupies Roughs Tower, one of many “sea forts” that the British constructed during World War II.  Roughs Tower was… Read more »

Engraved on God’s Hands

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. If something belongs to you, put your name on it.  Our grandson Lucas received that encouragement last year from his parents.  Whenever he finished a drawing, they urged him to add his name.  “That way people will know it’s yours.” Last summer, a few months before his fifth birthday, Lucas picked up a pebble… Read more »

Pickled

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Daniel E. Sickles (1819-1914) considered himself one tough guy. As a New York City politician in the 1850s he was involved in a number of public scandals. When he learned that his young bride was having an affair with Philip Barton Key II (the son of Francis Scott Key, who had penned the words… Read more »

The Yips

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Fans of professional tennis let out a collective cheer two days ago.  On the other side of the world, Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus won the Australian Open women’s singles championship, the first Grand Slam of her stellar career. It also represented a victory over “the yips,” one of the most debilitating frailties in the… Read more »

The First and the Last

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Powerful leaders tend to admire other powerful leaders. In an interview with the New Yorker a few years ago, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook (now known as Meta), and one of the richest men in the world, acknowledged his fascination with one of history’s most famous dictators.  The Silicon… Read more »

Trading Up

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. What could you get if you started with a bobby pin and kept “trading up” for items of greater value? Demi Skipper, a 28-year-old store manager who was renting a house near San Francisco, dreamed that she and her husband might one day own a home of their own.  In May 2020 she… Read more »

Getting Down to Business

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Say a prayer and do your job.  Those were the two things on Captain David Cronin’s mind as he tried to steer a seriously damaged Boeing 747 toward an emergency landing.  On February 24, 1989, United Airlines Flight 811 departed Honolulu on its way to New Zealand.  When the jumbo jet… Read more »

The Wilhelm Scream

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. You’ve heard the Wilhelm Scream before.  You probably just didn’t know it had an actual name and history.  The Wilhelm Scream was recorded in a studio more than 70 years ago by voice actor Sheb Wooley, who’s best known for his novelty song The Purple People Eater back in 1958.  Wooley was asked to… Read more »

From Yes-But to Yes-And

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. What comes to mind when you picture turning toward God?  Psychologist Patrick Carnes suggests it all comes down to what kind of God we think we’re actually dealing with.  There are four basic options. First, we may have in mind a Non-Existent God.  In other words, no God at all.  We… Read more »