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CHANGE OF FACE Betty Crocker has recently undergone a one Million dollar facelift, her sixth makeover in 65 years, according to a recent UPI article. General Mills said Betty had to be updated, in order to keep her from falling into the advertising afterworld. The most recent Betty is well coiffed, wearing a loose, white, …

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THE SWISS MISS In the 1940’s the Swiss watch was the most prestigious and best built watch in the world. Eighty percent of the watches sold in the world were made in Switzerland. In the late 50’s the digital watch was presented to the leaders of the Swiss watch company. They rejected it because they …

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Children | Christmas | Family | Humor | Perspective | Progress | Tradition | Understanding

CAN’T BE CHRISTMAS TREES! Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad and the grandkids all went to a farm to pick out and cut down their own Christmas tree one year. As they were trying to decide which one they liked the best, their three-year-old grandson protested, “These aren’t Christmas trees; there aren’t any lights on them.” From …

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Change | Communion | Complain | Habits | Humor | Ministry | Ruts | Tradition

PROPER MODE OF COMMUNION or TOO MUCH STATIC FROM THE LIPS I heard a story recently, supposedly true, about the new pastor at the Methodist? Episcopal? Lutheran? church. After the first worship service, the pastor heard rumblings that he had not done “communion” the right way. Puzzled at this, he studied his worship books, but …

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Communication | Defeat | Doctrine | Epistemology | Fatalism | Humor | Philosophy | Providence | Tradition | Truth | Uncertainty

YOU JUST NEVER KNOW There is a sweet Hasidic story of a rabbi in a small Russian town at the turn of the century who accomplished the “submission to not knowing,” who learned to live in emptiness. For years he had pondered the mysteries of the universe and the deepest religious questions. Finally he concluded …

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Child | Children | Christmas | Family | Prayer | Tradition | Understanding

A DIFFERENT UNDERSTANDING A friend’s five-year-old son had been confused concerning the family’s Christmas tradition of gathering in a circle, holding hands, to say grace before the big holiday meal. In prior years he had cried and shown contempt with the practice. But this year he was different. When the appropriate time came he gladly …

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CHANGE TO WIN Most successful people are mavericks whose minds roam outside traditional ways of thinking. Instead of trying to refine old formulas, they invent new ones. When Jean-Claude Killy made the French National Ski Team in the early 1960’s, he was prepared to work harder than anyone else to be the best. At the …

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