Friendships’ Benefits

Little Steps

When we sit at our tables awaiting our meals in the residence in which I live, the servers come to their assigned tables and inquire what we wish to eat. Lately, they have been coming with iPads, showing pictures of the options and allowing individual choices. The...

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My Shadow

The other day, I was walking from south to north on the rooftop terrace of the residence where I live. In front of me, I saw a very clear shadow. Every step I took forward, my shadow moved with me. As I turned and walked east, the shadow was on my left. The sun, high...

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Influencing Like a Mosquito

"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend." (Proverbs 27:17 NLT)An old African proverb says, "If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito."But I had.My maternal grandmother, Grandmammy, lived in an old...

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Seasoned With Love

I couldn’t have been more than ten or eleven years old.  It was a hot, Summer afternoon and I decided to cool off by taking a swim in the river that ran down the hill from our home.  The water was cold and my dog jumped in to splash around with me.  After a while I...

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Who Influences Whom

There's a story that Thomas Wheeler, CEO of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, tells on himself. He and his wife were driving along an interstate highway when he noticed that their car was low on gas. Wheeler got off the highway at the next exit and soon...

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No One Cared When He Died

I've officiated at many funerals and attended even more. Some home-goings draw thousands who come to say goodbye to a good friend or influential person and to express sympathy to the family. Others draw only a handful; either the deceased had no family living or very...

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