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HOW COMMITTED ARE YOU? There is a silly story about two New York men who had never been out of the city who decided that they had just about “had it” with city living. So they bought a ranch down in Texas. They decided they were going to live off the land like their ancestors. …

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CHOICES: TWO WAYS OF RESPONDING Two paraplegics were in the news recently. One was Kenneth Wright, a high school football star and later, an avid wrestler, boxer, hunter and skin diver. A broken neck sustained in a wrestling match in 1979 left him paralyzed from the chest down. He underwent therapy, and his doctors were …

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REJECT REJECTION Many of those who have risen from failure to real achievement have rejected the rejection of this world. In 1902, the poetry editor of The Atlantic Monthly returned a sheaf of poems to a 28-year-old poet with this curt note: “Our magazine has no room for your vigorous verse.” The poet was Robert …

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AND HE DID Born on a Kansas farm and educated in a one-room school, he lived a tough and difficult existence as a boy. Glenn and his brother kept the school’s fire going, and one morning when the boys poured kerosene on live coals, the stove blew sky high. Glenn would have escaped, but his …

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OVERCOMING HARDSHIPS Rabbi Earl A. Grollman has a fine book on death and grieving, entitled Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child (Boston: Beacon Press, 1970), in which he tells a famous rabbinic story: “A king once owned a large, beautiful, pure diamond of which he was justifiably proud. It had no equal …

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