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Pilgrim Reflections: Advancing maturity

May 25, 2015 5:32pm

That’s what I call this thing we refer to as “getting older.” It has a nicer ring to it. And, usually others will chuckle when they hear it. Or, maybe they’re simply being nice to me the way I...

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Pilgrim Reflections: Priceless Treasure In Clay Pots

Apr 28, 2015 11:47am

Treasure.

When you hear that word, what pictures come to mind? Pirates in search of a buried chest full of gold? Indiana Jones searching through booby-trapped pyramids? A miner finding the...

Pilgrim Reflections: When things don’t add up

Apr 21, 2015 6:21pm

Perplexity.

We all experience it even though we may have difficulty defining it. Some possible synonyms include “bewilderment, befuddled, baffled, confused, mystified, etc.” But, at the end...

Pilgrim reflection: What Difference Do it Make?

Apr 14, 2015 9:30am

Yes, “What difference do it make?”

That question was the title of Ron Hall and Denver Moore’s 2010 best-selling book that told the story of Denver’s life. Born in January, 1937 in Red River...

Pilgrim Reflections: “Dark Nights and Singing Birds”

Apr 07, 2015 5:12pm

This past week as I ran around the base track at 5:30 in the morning, it was still dark outside and my heart was heavy for various reasons: others’ suffering …the world’s condition… recent deaths...

Pilgrim reflections: Invincible Hope

Mar 31, 2015 6:26pm

Hope.

When the chips are down, it’s what enables you to keep going. When others have abused or abandoned you, it’s what keeps you from giving up. When you’ve seemingly lost everything, it’s...

Pilgrim Reflections: “A Permanent Solution To A Temporary Problem”

Mar 24, 2015 3:40pm

Suicide.

Around every 12.8 minutes someone in the U.S. takes his/her life. That adds up to somewhere around 40,000+ self-inflicted deaths per year, making it the #10 cause of death in this...

Pilgrim Reflections: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Mar 17, 2015 5:36pm

He’s soaring high now. Higher than he ever had before.

At least that’s how I picture what my friend, Ed, is experiencing now that he’s been released from his bodily afflictions here on earth...

Ralph E. Shaffer: Idiosyncratic observations from far outside the box

Mar 05, 2015 5:04pm

The Pope says all pets go to heaven. Does that include rottweilers?

A rising tide lifts all boats - except those at dock with a hole in the hull.

Shakespeare was wrong. First thing we...

Pilgrim reflections: Perilous times

Mar 05, 2015 5:03pm

What happens this week may have more of a bearing on our nation than we realize.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to speak before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, March 3...

John Dock: A voice from 50 years ago

Mar 05, 2015 5:03pm

“John Dock” was the pen name used by the writer of an opinion column seen in the Cabot Star-Herald, Lonoke Democrat and Carlisle Independent 1963 - 65; the writer remarked on events and...

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