Tag Archives: Animals

A Beauty Crowned with Thorns

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. It was hands-down the most memorable Easter gift I have ever received. One year, when my two brothers and I were in grade school, Mom didn’t settle for colored eggs and chocolate bunnies.  Just for fun she bought each of us a live baby chick. Older brother Scott named his Khruschev, the Soviet dictator… Read more »

A Dog’s Life

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Throughout July we’re taking an in-depth look at Proverbs, the Bible’s one-of-a-kind book about our never-ending need for wisdom. David E. Sharp, a senior airman in the United States Air Force, returned home to Georgia after serving in the Middle East in 2002. Overwhelmed by residual trauma from his deployment, he felt little joy.  He picked fights and drank too… Read more »

A Reason to Live

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Nursing homes can be dreadful places. Dr. Bill Thomas describes what he calls the Three Plagues of nursing home existence:  boredom, loneliness, and helplessness.  And that was before the extraordinary levels of isolation imposed by the pandemic.   When Thomas arrived in 1991 at the Chase Memorial Nursing Home in the hamlet of New Berlin, New York, Thomas decided he would… Read more »

Do Animals Go to Heaven?

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Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, the computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web, was recently asked what aspect of internet usage surprised him the most. His one-word answer?  “Kittens.”  Cats have gradually taken over our homes and our hearts.  Within the past decade they have soared past dogs as America’s most common house pet, now taking lengthy naps in at… Read more »