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By DR. JOHNNY PARKER  Mrs. Stone was my sixth grade teacher and she meant well. I think. I was placed in what was considered the smartest class, but I hated math. Mrs. Stone’s style was to send a group of students to the blackboard to solve math equations.  I made it all the way to …

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I have not always enjoyed celebrating Father’s Day. For many years of my life, I was stuck in “daddy pain.” I was hurt. I was disappointed. I did not have a good relationship with my father. As a child and eventually a young man, I blamed my daddy for every wrong I felt I had …

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Oh, those early years of marriage. Thinking back on them now, I realize that I struggled to love my wife well.  You may be thinking, “I can’t believe he’s admitting that!” But the reality was that her emotions – her constant need to talk about her feelings – made me uncomfortable. As a man, I …

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There is just something fabulous about gathering with friends and family around the warmth and wonder of a campfire.  Along with toasting marshmallows, my favorite part of the fire is the conversation that takes place.  Sometimes funny, sometimes soul-searching, a campfire chat is always rewarding.  It also has lessons for life that you might find …

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I enjoy the taste of Graham Crackers – especially the cinnamon flavored ones. Recently I opened a pack, ate a few and put the rest in the box. Here’s the deal. Whenever I neglect to put the uneaten crackers in a Ziploc bag, they lose their freshness, taste awful and become stale. I find a …

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I recently celebrated my 52nd. birthday on the beach in Ocean City, Maryland.  It was my wife’s birthday present to me – thank you sweetie.  I didn’t need any gifts, cake or ice cream. What I desired most was time away from noise (i.e. cell phone, computer, television, even people).  My birthday is in February …

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