January 3, 2016

If you want good fruits you gotta have good roots. (from a church-related tweet) Deep, solid, well-nourished roots are essential for healthy plant growth. If the roots are shallow, the tree may be blown over in a storm. If the roots don’t receive...

January 2, 2016

New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. (James Agate, British diarist and critic) Many people make resolutions, but most of us soon fail in keeping our pledges...

January 1, 2016

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. . . . The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. (Edith Lovejoy Pierce, English-born poet ) Pierce notes that “We are going to put words on [the blank pages]...

December 31, 2015

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. (Hal Borland, American author and journalist) It’s New Year’s Eve, for many people a time of unrestrained pleasure and...

December 30, 2015

A new year is on the way, and the possibilities are endless. (New Year’s greeting card) We’re about to turn an important corner. The last page on the calendar will be turned tomorrow, and we will put up a calendar with nothing but blank days with...

December 29, 2015

Leadership is . . . leading others to the next level. (Tom Roy, author and sports evangelism founder) When we think of leaders, we often are picturing the end of their pursuit, the goal they wish to achieve. That’s critical, of course, but an...

December 28, 2015

The love of family and the admiration of friends are much more important than wealth and privilege. (Charles Kuralt, late American journalist) During the recent holiday season, many of us enjoyed the extended time with family and friends. And, as...

December 27, 2015

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. (Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol) It’s just been two days since that special holiday, and already we’ve likely begun to forget its meaning and joy. But today, Sunday, is...

December 26, 2015

Did you ever notice how all the presents are far more interesting before you unwrap them? (Cartoon caption) It’s the day after Christmas, and the cartoon quote is pretty accurate, isn’t it? The anticipation is often more fun than the actual...

December 25, 2015

There has been only one Christmas — the rest are anniversaries. (W. J. Cameron, journalist and publicist) It’s like birthdays. We talk about one day being our birthday, but, of course, it’s only the anniversary of the day we were born. As we...

December 24, 2015

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. (Roy L. Smith) Tomorrow is Christmas, and we might well be thinking about the gifts that we will give and receive. Certainly, the children are in high anticipation of what...

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