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Take a Walk

ShepherdCalls_WPJournalist Paul Salopek is making a trek that covers the route humans followed to settle earth thousands of years ago. Beginning in Ethiopia, the assumed beginning point of human civilization, he will travel through all the continents and conclude the journey in South America’s Tierra del Fuego, Chile. His journey totals 21,000 miles, and he is traveling on foot. He is walking! His reasoning is “the earliest humans walked this

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Focus on a Blessing

ShepherdCalls_WPThe sign in front of the church reads, “Do the math. Count your blessings.” That’s good advice. On some occasion, you may have been advised to make a list of all the things for which you are thankful. We even have a hymn instructing us to do so, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one.” Unfortunately we seldom sing that hymn except at Thanksgiving. For most of us,

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Big

ShepherdCalls_WPAstronomers using NASA data have calculated that in our galaxy alone there are more than eight billion stars with earth size planets in the “inhabitable temperature zone,” not too hot nor too cold for life. Eight billion stars is more than one star for every person on earth. This figure is almost certainly low because scientists were only looking at “sun-like” stars, and they are not the common ones.

If

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Tiny Bits of Life

ShepherdCalls_WPHe was hitching a ride on Highway 63 between LaPlata and Kirksville. Years ago, I always picked up hitchhikers. When I was younger, I hitchhiked a lot; so I am sympathetic. In recent years, I have grown more cautious and seldom stop. This time God seemed to tell me to pick this guy up. I did. It took me a while to get the car stopped. I noticed he didn’t

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Who Can Afford Heaven?

ShepherdCalls_WPA woman returned home to find a body in a body bag on her porch. The family had left their loved one at the funeral home for cremation, but no one left the money to pay for the procedure. Since no one paid, the funeral home put the body in a bag and returned it. When asked about it, the daughter of the deceased reported her father wished to be

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What’s Inside

ShepherdCalls_WPThe Reader’s Digest reports the Statue of Liberty is cleaner inside than out. (October 2013) The curators have not cleaned her exterior for years because frequent cleaning hastens her deterioration. However, the inside has been scrubbed so often the cleaners have leaked through and stained her cheeks.

Clean on the inside; dirty on the outside. “Ain’t that a hoot?” It’s a rarity. Humankind seems to prefer outward attractiveness above inner

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Your Sin Will Find You

ShepherdCalls_WPThe story reads like a Halloween tale. Forty years ago she killed her husband and threw his body down an old mine shaft. Forty years ago he killed his wife and two stepchildren he had adopted. Then he and she married, moved to a secluded farm, and made a new life for themselves. Recently, they were arrested and jailed for murder. Everyone was shocked. There were two common responses, first

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When is Enough Enough?

ShepherdCalls_WPThe Sunday morning newspaper listed Saturday’s college football scores. Baylor defeated LA-Monroe, 70-7. I’m not sure how those points were won, but Baylor’s score is the equivalent of 10 touchdowns. Recently I heard of a major league baseball team scoring a record 25 runs. This season I watched my favorite baseball team, the Kansas City Royals, leading in a game by 11-0. When Kansas City came to bat in the

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Chores or Blessings

ShepherdCalls_WPIt was my day off. Developments beyond my control ruined my plans. I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. I consulted my long list of projects. There was one I really did not want to do — clean out the attic.

When we moved into our house 16 years before, I installed an attic door and flooring for storage. Well-arranged at first, it was now a disaster area.

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