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Packin’ a Roll of Quarters

I don’t go to the mall much. It hasn’t always been this way.

I grew up as a tag-along to a mother whose Holy Grail was in quest of the best bargain. At first I thought whatever my hometown could offer was the outer limits of her search. But life’s perceptions certainly changed with the development of shopping malls.

Dw.cdrMy boyhood hometown transformed from farming community to bedroom community right

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Good Thinking: Keep My Memory Green

by Dr. Don Kuehle

Charles Dickens, in his story “The Haunted House,” tells about a chemist who was tormented by unhappy memories. One evening as he is seated by the fireplace, a spirit appears and offers to solve his problem — for a price, of course. The chemist is so terrified and tormented that he accepts the spirit’s offer.

The spirit’s solution it to remove the chemist’s power to remember.

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Is the Grass Greener?

Originally, the proverb said, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” The observation likely stems from watching cattle stretch across the fence to nibble a blade of grass while standing in a lush green pasture. Today, the axiom is often shortened simply to, “The grass is always greener…” and can refer to any assumed better opportunity somewhere else.

ShepherdCalls_WPWhat brought this adage to mind was

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Greetings to the Graduates

by Freida Marie Crump

Dear Graduate,

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPAs you sit in your gown anxiously waiting for the graduation ceremony to creep to its long, hot conclusion, you might be puzzled by some of the phrases that’ll no doubt hear spouted on the last evening of your high school or college career. Maybe I can help translate a few of these clichés for you. Just hide a copy of

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‘Captain Shipers’ Sounds So Good

One of the great pleasures in spending years and years living in the same place is in sharing the joys and sorrows of those around you. This is one of those times. Folks throughout Gallatin stand proud as one of our own, Scott Shipers, advances into an even greater leadership role within the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Promotions like this just don’t happen very often. They are earned.

Dw.cdrPerhaps you’re

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Fun in the Dark

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPPoosey is the electrical version of the canary in the mineshaft. If there’s a lightning storm within a hundred miles we’ll be the place that loses its electricity. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky last week when about 8 o’clock at night the area was flung into darkness. Nothing was running but Herb’s sinuses, so we went out onto the front stoop

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The Sky is Not Falling

The most recent Reader’s Digest contains a report of a study done by Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack on slate.com. According to their conclusions based on analysis of current available data, the sky is not falling or to use their words, “The world is not falling apart.”

ShepherdCalls_WPIt is easy to become paranoid by reading the headlines. “News is about things that happen, not things that don’t happen.” For example,

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God’s View of Mothers

by Pastor Steve Ellison

As I write this on the eve of Mother’s Day, I am praying that you are making plans to attend church with your mother. I also hope you are spending some time thinking about mothers in general and specifically about your mother.

Isaiah 66:13 says, “As one whom his mother comforts, So I will comfort you; And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (NASU) If God

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A Life of Praise

by Pastor Steve Ellison

Churches of all denominations, all over the United States, have difficulty retaining those who come and profess faith in Christ. A person who comes to faith in Christ is a “new creation” having been born again. This new Christian is not born fully developed and spiritually mature.

Just before ascending to heaven, Jesus gave us a command: make disciples by baptizing and teaching all that He

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