Easter: Wiping the Slate Clean

Easter: Wiping the Slate Clean

Easter, Holiday, Hope, Personal Value, Spring
I've often heard the argument of living a life without regrets, not worrying about our past and asking others to accept us and our actions and move on. The counter is a life of trying to right every previous wrong, sorrow for past mistakes and where they have led us. Both approaches are partial truths and partial answers to what really helps us find happiness, but none of it works without help from a key source. Not only is it not possible to change previous poor decisions, but it is not necessary. Those bad decisions, even those that changed the trajectory of our lives in a negative way, can be wiped clean and remembered no more. Our eternal happiness is not dependent on the past, not dependent on things we…
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Holy Vector–The Guiding Star of That Holy Night

Christmas, Holiday, Personal Value, Vector
Over two millennia ago, a young child was born to a poor carpenter and his young wife.  Born in a stable with the animals, there were no royal trappings around the babe that would come to be known as the Son of God, the King of Kings.  Of humble birth, normal upbringing, and secluded family life in an obscure town of a captive nation, no other birth has received so much recognition as His.  Wise Men from afar who had studied ancient writings and prophecies searched for the young king to worship him and bring him gifts.  Jealous kings sought Him to end the threat to their own power.  Prophets for centuries before His birth predicted His coming and what it would mean…
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Ronald Reagan’s First Presidential Christmas Message

Christmas, Holiday
What I loved about Reagan was not so much his political philosophy, even though I did follow most of his thinking.  What made him great to me was  his overarching view of the brotherhood of man and the goodness within us all.  He poked fun more at himself than anyone else, was quick to smile and I have yet to find a quote where he shamed another.  He had firm beliefs, and fought for them, but not at the expense of his goodness and manners.  This message exemplifies how he spoke as he considered a day very important to him and all of Christendom, bringing out not a divisive message but one of hope, regardless of your faith.…
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Christmas Allergies

Christmas, Current Events, Holiday, Personal Value
Oaks Christmas 2015 As we step fully into the Christmas season, a certain number among us tense as they consider their impending reaction to so many things that are sure to surface during this time of year.  For them, New Year’s Day will bring with it a huge relief from the season.  Not because they got what they wanted for Christmas, or were able to buy their family members the perfect gifts, but because the shift away from Christmas celebrations marks the end to another irritating allergy season. Few are the individuals who do not suffer from some sort of allergy.  We have the pollen sufferers, those who cannot tolerate even the smell of nuts, and many others who must go through life avoiding some sort of otherwise normal part…
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Your 10 Steps for Holiday Cheer

Christmas, Excellence, Holiday
Your 10 Steps for Holiday Cheer      The Holiday Season is the time we are supposed to enjoy each other’s company, celebrate family, and do kind things for those around us. It’s the time we pay attention to the needs of others, look for ways to serve, and remember the finer points of humanity. Unfortunately, the material nature of gift-giving, the stress of the holiday rush, and the anticipation and act of spending time with family when we may have a strained relationship with them brings out the worst in many of us. Terms like “Monsters-in-Law”, “Evil stepmother”, “Spoiled Children”, and many others take on a new meaning during the most joyous time of the year. Holidays are awesome, but not without effort and stress. As you return home to…
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With Thanksgiving

Holiday
I’ve listened to the back and forth about the truth about the Pilgrims, Thanksgiving, what they really ate, and whether or not they had a celebration with the local Native Americans. Frankly, I really don’t care. I’m sure that there was some level of backbiting, conflict and greed during these first few years of the Massachusetts settlement. Normal life, with all of its comforts and opportunities, still has much of the same conflict, problems, and misunderstandings. Throw in starvation, a new land, separation from their former lands, customs, and expectations, and I’m sure each of those things were amplified, manifest to some degree among even the kindest of people. It is easy to apply my 21st Century wisdom while I sit in my warm home, sipping a hot drink with…
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