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Boil It Down!

Back in high school (feels like centuries ago!) I took several years of French classes. For some reason I still remember two unrelated and random phrases. The first is "ferme ta bouche" (a rude way of asking someone to shut up), and the second is "raison d'être." I've had many fun opportunities since then to make use of the first phrase (four rambunctious little ones will easily draw that one out of you), but only lately have I been thinking more about the second. Your "raison d'être" is the most important purpose for your existence - your reason to be. I allowed my mind to go down a weird hypothetical alley. What if we lived in a society that required each person to check into the authoriti

Are You Carrying All the Stuff?

Earlier today I did a few errands. After parking back at my house, I gathered up all my stuff (or at least made a valiant effort trying to do so!) and made my way up the steps to my front porch. I was carrying my purse in one hand, my keys in the other hand, my just-picked-up-and-oh-so-delicious-Dunkin-Donuts-medium-decaf-iced-vanilla-coffee, a large box of my Bible study booklets fresh from the print shop in my arms, and I even went through extra contortions to retrieve the mail from the mailbox by my door and put it between my teeth. I know my mother would cock her head, tsk tsk, and tell me I was carrying a Lazy Man's Load. Instead, I should haul it all in several separate safer and more

Are You Willing to "Break Rank?"

I'm fascinated with all forms of wildlife, and recently I came across a photo of wolves that intrigues me. In the picture above, the three wolves in the front (in the red circle) are old and sick. They walk in front to set the pace of the running group lest they get left behind. The next five (in the yellow) are the strongest and best; their task is to protect the front side if there is an attack. The pack in the middle are always protected from any attack. The five behind them (in the green box) are also among the strongest and best; they protect the back side if there is an attack. The last wolf is the leader. He ensures that no one is left behind. He keeps the pack unified and on the same



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