Category Archives: Values

First Sight Now Available on Amazon.com

After a decade of writing, editing, procrastinating, and working on other things, James Curtis has finally published his debut novel, First Sight. Available now on Amazon.com, and soon on Apple iTunes/iBooks as well as BarnesandNoble.com, the novel is the first … Continue reading

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Quiet Cal ran deep.

President Calvin Coolidge was known for being a man of few words. The story is told of a Sunday when Mrs. Coolidge was ill and the President went to church alone. Upon returning from the service, Mrs. Coolidge is said … Continue reading

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Pride & Vanity

The late Fuller Seminary professor of theology and ethics, Lewis B. Smedes, makes a powerful point that’s worth pondering and acting upon: “Pride in the religious sense is the arrogant refusal to let God be God. It is to grab … Continue reading

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Words for Our Time

The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles. – Gandhi

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The Panic of 2008

Panic. Shouting fire in a crowded theater. Being caught doing something you know is horribly wrong that you thought no one would ever catch you doing. Greed. When enough is never enough. Wanting more and more, convincing yourself that you … Continue reading

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Greed & Trying Times

These are trying times. Add to the long list of uncertainties the economy. It seems $700 billion won’t buy what it used to buy, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average has now dropped 1,400 points in the last week. The … Continue reading

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Has Anything Changed?

Forty years ago Tommie Smith and John Carlos, teammates on the U.S. Olympic team, won gold and bronze medals in the 200 meter dash at the Games in Mexico City. Here is how Time magazine described the scene at the … Continue reading

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More Memories of a Great Man

In many ways Clyde Cook’s life was defined by a little red wagon when he was just six years old. It was December 1941, the damage to the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor was done, and the Empire of Japan … Continue reading

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Warm Frost on a Winter's Day

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the … Continue reading

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Scattershooting Again . . .

Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to Ernest Aingely. . . . I sit tethered to my bag of Rituxan® as it slowly moves into my right hand and into my body. This is my first chemo in the infusion room … Continue reading

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