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I’m a four seasons kind of guy! Having lived in northern California for a dozen years where there’s only wet and hot seasons it was spectacular to return to the four season heaven of Minnesota. Last week I was working in the yard trimming trees and saw the first hints of fall and while the [...]

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By John Braland I’m going to get right to the point. I want to be happier. It’s not that I’m sad, I just want to be happier. I want to smile more and frown less. I want to spend more time enjoying life and less time rushing through it. I want to invest more time [...]

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By Will Kelly Back in November, my wife and I were blessed with our first baby — a little baby boy. Between wanting to spend time with my family, as well as stay inside where it was safe from the freezing temps and snow, I dreaded strapping up the ol’ boots, putting on layers, and [...]

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By Rev. John Braland Dr. Angela Duckworth defines “grit” as “passion and perseverance to achieve long term goals.” Grit is courage. Grit is determination. Grit is a willingness to overcome obstacles. People with grit have the tenacity to stick with their goals long enough to actually achieve them. Margaret M. Perlis lists five characteristics of [...]

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One of my favorite TV shows is HGTV House Hunters. It’s a reality show following a couple interested in buying a home. The realtor takes the couple around to a few houses and then the couple has to pick one to buy. It’s fun to watch the couples dicker back and forth about the important [...]

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In my work with the elderly, I have noticed how spirituality affects them. Every person has spiritual hunger, but many don’t see it as such. Some come into old age with the traditional model of faith and find satisfaction and security in it. Others are like old Nicodemus who was curious and asked questions and [...]

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