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Good Thinking: How Far to Bethlehem?

by Dr. Don Kuehle

Every year, thousands of people travel to Bethlehem to be a part of the Christmas crowd. They think, perhaps, that being in the very place where the Christ-child was born will make Him more real to them. Every year, millions of people do not get to travel to Bethlehem. Most of us have never stood with the faithful around the manger-bed. Most of us have

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Good Thinking: Stress

by Dr. Don Kuehle

Anxiety! Tension! Stress! Words that define our society today! James Dobson puts it this way: “…one of the certainties of life is that we will all experience hardship and stress at some point.” Joshua Liebman echoes that thought: “Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension (and stress).” Finally, Danzae Pace reminds us that “Stress is the trash of modern life —

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Good Thinking: Wars and Rumors of War

by Dr. Don Kuehle

“Who goes there, in the night, across the storm-swept plain?

We are the ghosts of a valiant war, a million murdered men.

Who goes there, at the dawn, across the sun-swept plain?

We are the hosts of those who swear, it shall not be again!”

— Thomas Curtis Clark

Veterans of valiant wars long-past will remember, and will be remembered, as we observe Veteran’s Day on

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Good Thinking: Why Should I Vote?

by Dr. Don Kuehle

In 1792, Election Day was set for the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. November was selected because the harvest was over and winter had not yet begun. Tuesday was chosen because, if Monday has been chosen, some might have had to travel on Sunday/the Sabbath.

“He cast his vote, distrusting all the elected — but not the law.” So said Karl Shapiro.

I don’t

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Good Thinking: Autumn Gold

by Dr. Don Kuehle

Fall is here. The trees are dressed in their colorful garb: green and orange and yellow and gold. Fall reminds us that this world is a place of beauty. Fall reminds us of what is most important in life; and of what is not important.January 1848! Gold is discovered at Sutter’s Fort, California! The news

travels back across the country. 1849! The Gold Rush begins! People

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Good Thinking: October is a Lady

by Dr. Don Kuehle

October is a beautiful lady. She invites us to visit awhile, to learn from her the secrets of the good life.

“O suns and skies and clouds of June; and flowers of June together.

Ye cannot rival for one hour October’s bright blue weather.” — Helen Hunt Jackson

October reminds us that there is bounteous beauty in the world, if only we would take the time

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Good Thinking: Autumn Reverie

by Dr. Don Kuehle

Autumn takes center stage mid the heat of September and exits on cue

in the cold of December. No other season moves from one extreme to the other like autumn. The poets help us see the complexity of autumn.

“Across the pearly distance it lies on hill and stream,

In banks of airy turquoise as softly as a dream.

A slumberous smoke that rises serenely in

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Good Thinking: Come to the Fair

by Dr. Don Kuehle

The family was enjoying time together at the county fair. The day was sunny and cool; a perfect day to be a fair-goer. We walked through barns filled with cattle, hogs, horses, sheep and goats, chickens and geese. We marveled at the displays of people’s talents and hard work. We rode the Ferris Wheel and the Merry-Go-Round. We watched people match their wits and skills in

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Good Thinking: Saturday’s Child

by Dr. Don Kuehle

“Monday’s child is fair of face,

Tuesday’s child is full of grace,

Wednesday’s child is full of woe,

Thursday’s child has far to go,

Friday’s child is loving and giving,

Saturday’s child has to work for a living.”

I don’t recall the day of the week on which I was born; most of us don’t. I do feel, most times, like Saturday’s child; I have to

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