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I'm Shivering on Mt. Everest

A couple called me and described their family. The two of them often bitterly quarreled. The children were in various kinds of trouble at school and otherwise. Not infrequently, the father hit his children and his wife. This was a family in…
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Spock and Sarek

On uncounted occasions, people have asked me what would be the wisest choice to make in a difficult circumstance. Sometimes I do offer advice, and it’s common for people to respond, “I don’t know if that would be a good idea.” And then…
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Willing

As I was doing some Internet research on submarines—for some reason now lost to me—I came across an account of a Navy submarine officer who described a great deal about life aboard a submarine. Among his descriptions was his experience with…
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Life or Death

When wheat is harvested, most of it is taken by truck to a grain storage facility—called an elevator—from which it is carried away as needed by trucks, railroad cars, or barges to grain wholesalers, exporters, and local end-users, such as…
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Are We Really Doing Our Best?

I couldn’t possibly count the number of times that children, parents, spouses, lovers, employers, and others have called to complain that their parents, children, spouses, lovers, employees and others are being insufficiently responsible,…
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The Decisions We Make Are Life or Death (Video Clip)

Where we are in life is a result of thousands of what appeared to be “little decisions,” but it turns out that they all lead toward freedom and life, or captivity and death. https://youtu.be/cs0vepDIHmE

Building Mussels

For the first twenty-seven years I lived in my home, the water in the lake out back was a dark-green color—from the algae in the water—that prevented any possibility of seeing the lake bottom. This is true of pretty much every body of fresh…

What Can You Lift?

Rarely does a day go by without someone communicating to me that they made a “terrible” mistake, and that now they are discouraged to discover that they are “weaker” than they had supposed. Rarely is their assessment true. Let’s look…

Cutting Silk

When I was a child I saw a black and white movie that depicted the ancient Crusades and a meeting between King Richard and the great sultan Saladin. When Saladin remarked on the imposing weight and apparent strength of Richard’s sword, the…

Why?

I hear this question a lot. Why did this bad thing happen to me? Why did God let this happen? Why did this good thing happen to me (rare question)? The other day somebody asked me “why,” and I said, “‘Why’ is often a useless question.…

The Memory of an Elephant

I have a good friend who flies planes and helicopters on large game preserves in Africa, including parts of the Serengeti. On occasion he is required to herd elephants with a helicopter, urging them to move to places that are safer from poachers,…

The Bilge Pump

Linda called and said, “I’m tired of dealing with that woman from HR (Human Resources). Every few days she has some kind of complaint about me or our department.” After talking with Linda for a couple of minutes, it became obvious…