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The Glow from the Glowforge

Posted by Michael Loucks on

My Mom worked out of the house. Not like we mean it today. I mean, she stayed home, but she WORKED! I wonder if her creativity was satisfied by all her cooking and entertaining and in how she kept the house just so perfectly perfect...right down to the triangles in the carpet at all times from the sweeper. Come on- you know what I mean! You've seen them somewhere before if not at your own home! LOL I hope she was creatively satisfied...she worked hard enough, I can tell you that.

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Life Lesson #5 - Giving when it counts

Posted by Michael Loucks on

Last lesson...Lesson #5Giving when it countsMany years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5 year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for a...

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Life Lesson #4 - The obstacle in our path

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Lesson #4The obstacle in our pathIn ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on the roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of...

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Life Lesson #3 - Always remember those who serve

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Lesson #3Always remember those who serveIn the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. "Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. "Thirty-five cents,"...

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Life Lesson #2 - Pickup in the rain

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Lesson #2Pickup in the RainOne night, at 11:30 pm, an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict filled 60s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days...

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