Over vacation we toured the Gateway Arch in St Louis. It was as I remembered from my childhood. We rode up in white eggs, styled straight from the 60’s. They are tight for our family of six (a large family forces out claustrophobia!). And the view from the top was spectacular — looking out over […]

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Folding up Umbrellas

“Ultimately evil is done not so much by evil people, but by good people who do not know themselves and who do not probe deeply.” — Reinhold Niebuhr Our travel agent just called. Delta Airlines is pulling out of Haiti. In October our team was preparing to leave for Haiti. The Sunday before our departure, […]

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Better than OK

On Sunday – as I showed slides and pew research data – I realized I gave you way too much information to process. But the topic is really important. So here is the core slide again (or click here for the full Pew Research article). The headline finding is that for the first time less […]

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  I want to be strong like Phoebe. — Mr E Not dad, but Phoebe? You can set your muscle goals a little higher… at least high enough to help your dad’s self-esteem! Who we model after matters. If our sights are set on your neighbor’s whatever (house, job, looks)… we may get there, but […]

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Whittled Away

I have not watched any of the primary debates, but I always catch the highlights. So this morning I heard a Democrat crowd booing interruptions of Democrat candidates. The Republican debates were the same four years ago. This is partly due to a format designed not to debate ideas, but to attack persons (is this […]

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The title is appropriate. The blog will have spoilers on Toy Story 4… Our family just watched Toy Story 4. A bit behind most families. The reviews were excellent (98% on Rotten Tomatoes) and there were many good parts — laugh out loud moments and wonderful new characters (loved Duke Caboom: Canada’s Greatest Stuntman). There […]

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Haitian Mountains and the Deacon

We are preparing for another trip to Haiti. This time we will leave missionary Jenny’s compound behind and head into the mountains to build a medical clinic.  Haiti is a beautiful island country, filled with wonderful people. But it is also broken by corruption and dysfunctional infrastructure (it remains by far the poorest country in […]

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