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There are two times in a man's life when he shouldn't gamble. When he can't afford it and when he can. In the case of Big Julie, the only thing he couldn't resist was temptation. Consequently, when Nicely Nice slithered up to him in a bar and confidentially told him in a low whisper -- with his hand partially over his mouth so no one could hear -- that a horse race had been fixed, Big Julie slipped him $250 to be on the horse that Nicely had assured him was fixed to win the race. Actually, the only fix Nicely Nice knew about was the financial fix he was in and he vanished completely from sight with Big Julie's 250 smackers.

A couple weeks ago my editor sent me an email asking me to go to the Corbin Rotary Club meeting. She said the speaker was going to be the director of Mountain Outreach.

I’m sure you will agree that most of us humans have very peculiar and quirky personalities. It’s strange how we are easily influenced and persuaded in certain things, and stubborn as a mule about others. When it comes to admitting we are wrong in our views or that we are heading in the wrong direction, it doesn’t take long for us to reveal our contrary and rebellious attitudes. Most people seldom say it out loud, but are content with the way they believe and hope that everyone will leave them alone and mind their own business. Which by the way, explains why many individuals are not interested in going to church or reading the Bible. However, when it comes to personal transformation, our spiritual relationship with God is not the only topic on the menu.

Imagine if you went into work today, gathered a group of your coworkers together, and when the boss came up and asked what you were doing, you told him to mind his own business?

Like many who grew up in four-channel TV homes as I did, I vividly remember the first video game that arrived at our family’s door. Actually, I should say “extended” family because as I recall, Santa brought it for all of us, albeit connected to a TV in my grandparents’ home.

The courage demonstrated by the soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944 is hard to comprehend.

Eliza's job was neither a trade nor a profession. It was more like a calling. She spent a good part of her working hours every day on the phone placing calls for several company executives. When the top honcho at the company directed her to tape record all of their calls, however -- without their knowledge or consent -- Eliza decided that was an immoral thing to ask her to do and she quit her job.

Wiretaps, surveillance, stop-and-frisk … Oh my! When the Founding Fathers created our great nation many such technologies weren’t part of the zeitgeist. Yet, how sage they were to understand that it’s not the set of tools that governmental authorities utilize to thwart our personal freedoms but rather it’s the set of tactics. Unwarranted searches in the 18th century were affected by Red Coats busting down the doors of seditious actors who, dare as they did, criticized the crown from across the pond. The monarchy would regularly dispatch its forces throughout the colonies to tamp down what we would now call free speech, the exchange of ideas.

For the past week or so I have immersed myself in "oldies" music. This started as a determination to weed my CD/tape collection, but it quickly morphed into repeated walks down the memory lane of the 1950's.

“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter / Dancing through the fire / 'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar / Louder, louder than a lion / 'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar”—Katy Perry “Roar”

There is an entire generation of citizens and new voters out there who do not remember the events of September 11, 2001, except as history.

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