Reminders: Perception vs. Reality

A school board was interviewing a person for a job as a high school science teacher.  One of the board members asked, “Do you believe the earth is flat or do you believe it is round?”  The candidate replied, “I can teach it flat, and I can teach it round.” What the prospective science teacher…

Reminders: Developing Our Spiritual Gifts

It’s easy to confuse gifts and talents.  They are often lumped together.  Talents are innate abilities such as natural aptitudes passed down and nurtured in families for such things as math, music, mechanics, etc., while gifts are from God, and are by definition “spiritual” because they are transmitted to us by the Holy Spirit once…

Food for Thought: Kindness Matters

Through research conducted by Coca-Cola it was discovered that 83% of young Americans (age 17 to 24) were inspired to do a random act of kindness for someone else after having received one themselves.  Kindness is contagious! USA Today, 7/24/18, p.1D I was on my way to a meeting in a city a few hours from…

Reminders: How Lucky Are You?

When my brother and I were 4-H club members, there was a tour of farms, where the members lived, to observe our projects.  When the tour group came to our farm, they critiqued our 4-H projects, but they couldn’t help also noticing our mother’s gardens.  She raised a large variety of vegetables, and an even…

Reminders: Apologies

On a trip to Japan a few years ago, I rode the famous bullet train.  My husband I had been warned, by someone who lives there, to have all of our belongings in hand, to be there early, to stand on our assigned spot, ready to hop on the train immediately or get left behind.…

Reminders: Fear or Faith

We older people are wise to watch where we walk.  We should remove tripping hazards from our homes.  We should hold onto the handrail while walking up and down steps and salt the ice on our sidewalks.  Not only are we more likely to fall, because of poor balance, but also if we do fall,…