• A Letter to the President

    A Letter to the President

    Dear President Obama: Hope this finds you well. I am sorry I haven't made the time to write. It's been a hectic year, what the demon dog nearly taking off the end of my nose and with the release of my latest book -- Will[..]
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  • The Motivator

    The Motivator

     You may have heard the news about China surpassing Japan in economic standing in the world. This park bench might help explain how that happened. Officials in China have outfitted benches with steel spikes designed to prod people from loitering too long. Anyone wanting to spend an[..]
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  • I am like you

    I am like you

    There are well-meaning good-hearted people on both sides of the Ground Zero Mosque issue. I believe that, I really do. It's just hard right now to see that, what with the way the people are carrying on. If I were Frank Peretti writing This Presence Darkness, I might[..]
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  • Thank you

    Thank you

    I made a quick trip to Seattle yesterday -- up and back. Some days it seems like I can't get two things done then there are days like yesterday when I seem to pack a month of activities into one day. The trip had been[..]
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  • G.I. God

    G.I. God

    I've been a church-goer long enough to know that nothing gets people riled up quicker than talk about styles of worship. I once attended a church where, I kid you not, we sang Victory in Jesus every Sunday. Every Sunday. We sang it so much[..]
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  • The White Trash Oprah

    The White Trash Oprah

    When I was a young girl living in a Filipino village on Oahu's North Shore I used to have this strange thought. I don't know if it's a thought all kids have, or just one all military brats have, or perhaps it's a pattern for[..]
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  • When Uncle Kracker comes to town

    When Uncle Kracker comes to town

    Uncle Buck has been out digging goeyducks from the mud and Sister Tater has been out on the rolling seas, hauling in the big 'uns. Looks like fun, doesn't it? Only when I talked with Sister Tater about this, she didn't mention the big fish[..]
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  • The Heaven test

    The Heaven test

    I've seen this booth or one exactly like it for the past several days at the Umatilla County fairgrounds. There are usually longer lines at the booth where Elephant Ears are sold but I've seen people at this booth, too. Last night I saw an[..]
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  • John Deere Brigade

    John Deere Brigade

    It's fair week in Umatilla County. Shelby and Konnie were home over the weekend and we headed downtown on Saturday to take in the parade activities. I don't know if the girls think it's as much fun as it used to be, back when they[..]
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