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HOW DO WE TREAT ONE ANOTHER?

Neal Pollard As we live in a culture of disrespect, Christians have an added responsibility to give thought to how we speak to one another.  Civility, courtesy, and manners were once staple subjects taught in every home, but those days … Continue reading

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Vulcan The Iron Man

Neal Pollard I took an hour to go over to see one of the iconic figures of the south, Birmingham’s cast iron statue of “Vulcan.” Built 110 years ago for the World’s Fair in St. Louis, it is the largest … Continue reading

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HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE

Neal Pollard Several have made the observation that hurt people are inclined to hurt people.  I have been told that by others to explain mean, hurtful, rude, and inappropriate remarks.  Yet, since everyone experiences significant hurt (so the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

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What Is Your Name Associated With?

Neal Pollard Some names ring not just with familiarity, but downright notoriety.  Walenda is a name synonymous with daring, high wire acts.  Falcone is associated with mobsters and organized crime.  The Hearst family has long been connected with newspaper publication, … Continue reading

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News Headlines Of The Prom Season

Neal Pollard “Alcohol Enforcement Stepped-Up For Prom Season” (wowt.com, 4/7/14).  Why? “Prom Season Can Be Dangerous Time For Teens” (www.martinsvillebulletin.com, 4/11/14).  Just one statement in the article reads, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website adds that statistics indicate alcohol-related … Continue reading

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Flight 370 And Falling Away

Neal Pollard We are now several days into an unspeakable tragedy that is equally mysterious.  Despite sophisticated tracking methods and multi-national radar, a Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared without warning or a trace on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The disappearance of … Continue reading

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The Munchkin’s Legacy

  Neal Pollard Ruth Duccini died in January at the age of 95, the last surviving female munchkin from the Wizard of Oz leaving only Jerry Maren left of the original 124 little people from the film.  All her life … Continue reading

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“THE LIGHTHOUSE OF ALEXANDRIA”

Neal Pollard Sostratos the Cnidian built this world-famous lighthouse in 297 B.C., located on the coast of the island of Pharos (Negev, The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land, Rev., 1986: 27). It made the Greek poet Sopater’s list of … Continue reading

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A Runaway Ford

Neal Pollard Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is eating up news headlines these days, from admitting “to smoking crack cocaine, buying illegal drugs, and driving after consuming alcohol” (Allison Martell, Reuters, 11/18/13).  His profanity-laced tirades, graphic sexual remarks, domestic incidents, and … Continue reading

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“Please Let My Mom Stop Smoking”

Neal Pollard It was written on the back of a recent attendance card by one who seems to be pretty young–less than ten years old.  I did not recognize the child’s name, so I would guess it to be a … Continue reading

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