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Posted by on Jul 23, 2008 in Misc | 4 comments

Talent, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and a Desert Island

I have a berry special announcement for you today. 20th Century Fox is releasing three DVDs in the next three weeks. On August 5, travel to an uncharted island and meet an enchanted young lady named Nim. Abigail Breslin brings a tale of adventure and courage to life in Nim’s Island.In the study guide I created, you’ll investigate: trying new things courage the provision of God I enjoyed working on this project and discussing the issues brought to light with my kids. Download the study guide from On the same day, that crazy cat Garfield defends his status as the king of the comic section of your Sunday paper. But he’s loses his funny in the moments before Garfield’s Fun Fest. Will Garfield defend his title? This study guide takes a look at finding and growing your natural talents. I invite you to download the study guide from A week later, on August 12, Strawberry Shortcake gathers her friends and starts a band. And, like every band...

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2008 in Misc | 2 comments

The Unreported Price of Freedom

Blogger’s Note: I was deeply moved by this column that appeared in today’s Tennessean. Please remember the families of those that have lost their loved ones. The media often tries to make us feel like their sacrifice is meaningless. May it never be said of us. Originally appeared in the Washington Post. The Knock at the Door “The curtains pull away. They come to the door. And they know. They always know.“ — Maj. Steve Beck, U.S. Marine Corps Sometimes Beck would linger in his vehicle in front of an American home, like that of the parents of Lance Cpl. Kyle Burns in Laramie, Wyo. Beck knew that, as Jim Sheeler writes, every second he waited “was one more tick of his wristwatch that, for the family inside the house, everything remained the same.” Beck — now Lt. Col. Beck — was a CACO, a casualty assistance calls officer whose duty was to inform a spouse or parents that their Marine had been killed. He is the scarlet thread...

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2008 in Misc | 1 comment

Do You Dream the Impossible Dream?

While stretching my back, I flipped on the television and found Man of La Mancha on retroplex. I tuned in right before Peter O’Toole launches into “Impossible Dream.” What a great song. Powerful lyrics. I especially love the last verse: And the world will be better for this | That one man, scorned and covered with scars | Still strove with his last ounce of courage … “The Impossible Dream” from MAN OF LA MANCHA (1972) music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion To dream the impossible dreamTo fight the unbeatable foeTo bear with unbearable sorrowTo run where the brave dare not go To right the unrightable wrongTo love pure and chaste from afarTo try when your arms are too wearyTo reach the unreachable star This is my questTo follow that starNo matter how hopelessNo matter how far To fight for the rightWithout question or pauseTo be willing to march into HellFor a heavenly cause And I know if I’ll only be trueTo this glorious questThat my...

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Posted by on Jul 4, 2008 in Misc | 0 comments

I Pledge Allegiance Again

Blogger’s Note:Happy Fourth of July! As you celebrate this Independence Day, remember the price of freedom. Our forefathers set us free from a tyrannical government and our men and women in uniform have kept us free for 232 years. The following is a script for the disposal of an American flag. May these words–from the perspective of the flag herself–encourage you and fire your patriotism anew. Flag Retirement Ceremony Imagine with me for a second: What if this flag could speak? What would she say to you and me? Here’s what she might say: “I am an American flag. I am mere cloth, thread, and grommet. But I also have a soul. It is the American Spirit that burns inside of you. “I am red, and white, and blue. But I am also the colors of our country—the gold fields of wheat, the gray ribbons of highway, the green rolling hills and timberlines, and—yes—the purple mountain’s majesty. “My sisters and I have flown for longer than 200 years. We...

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