Inspiration

The One That Stood

I am weak.  This comes as no shock to those who have known me a while. It’s nothing to be proud of but I must be honest.  At times in my life I have sat quietly by instead of standing on principles and standards that I believe to be true.  There are times when I
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Ole 26

Traffic was light on Monday morning as I bumbled my way back to work.  I guess most folks still had a day off after Christmas.  We all need that extra day to recover from the obscene amount of junk we ate and to return that sweater that would not have fit you in the eighth grade. 
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'Tis the Season

I took a trip today to a local variety store that I loath but somehow find myself drawn to whenever I need something.  My son and I went inside to search for a couple of Christmas gifts (because that’s what we do for a month and a half now). While shopping I could feel the
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The Beard

I decided this year to grow a beard. It turns out that it is not that difficult a thing to accomplish, no pushing outward of hair or fighting off of beard thieves.  One simply puts down the razor for a time and, like magic, hair will begin to sprout like corn looking for the sun.
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How to judge a tree

While going about my daily delivering of commodities to other working stiffs (who were not particularly glad to see me because when I show up with freight that means they must unload it) I happened to glance toward a tree. I’m sure that tree has been there for some time just like the other trees
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Like Me

No doubt there are many things from my youth that I do not recall. Isn’t it strange that things like humiliation and rejection often remain vivid in our mind? I remember like it was yesterday the green corduroy pants that my mom made me wear in elementary school. I was dubbed “Mr. Greenjeans”, which for
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Perspective

Morning breaks through the window like an old friend who has visited to cheer you up. I arise from my borrowed bed and gaze out of my window at a beautiful Sunday morning.  I see a church in the distance and consider that, even though I don’t go to that one, soon people will gather
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Greed

My job with the railroad puts me in places sometimes that most people never get to see.  Some days we stop our engine under the interstate while we wait on a signal to proceed.  We do this especially in the summer time when it is hot and we need the shade.  What many of you
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The Good Ole Days

Somewhere in our distant memory we develop a picture of our childhood. This portrait is painted with the loveliness of youth and the longing for of years gone by. We were joyful, vibrant children with nothing to do but enjoy the fruits of innocence. We do not recall the broken bones or chicken pox we
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Some gave all freedom for yours

  I awoke this morning without the usual irritation that is an alarm clock (actually it is an alarm cell phone but I have trouble letting go of the past).  I got up to make some coffee, not because I need the push like I usually do but simply because I enjoy it.  Then I
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