LIFE MATTERS

What if our actions are working against our intentions?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

Last week I wrote about a visit to my dad. This week I was going to write about a visit to my kids and talk about how I have become the peanut butter in a multi-generational sandwich.

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These are a few of my favorite things

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

Many of us spent last weekend with special family gatherings. Photos were taken to show off new clothes purchased for the occasion and to see how much the kids have grown since last year.

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Should you take one for the team?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

I can't tell you how excited I am about the next few days! The big wooly beard came off Monday, and today, I get a haircut. I will finally look like me again!

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I took one for the team

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

Have you ever taken one for the team? According to the online Oxford Dictionary, this phrase means to "willingly undertake an unpleasant task or make a personal sacrifice for the collective benefit of one's friends or colleagues."

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The trouble with waiting

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

"How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?" If you were around in the early 1970s, you probably remember that commercial, which debuted in 1969.

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Lessons from a dermatologist appointment

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

Getting older is an interesting trip. Notice, I did not say "old" or "mature." I am in denial about the first and ill-equipped for the second.

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When the agenda must be adjusted

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

We have some new friends from Michigan. We met them in Jamaica in January. They are a delightful young couple that we would be happy to adopt as another set of "our kids."

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Where is God?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

Three pre-adolescent boys had a well-deserved reputation as mischief makers in school. They were not bad kids; they just had a knack for rocking the boat and disrupting the learning process for everyone.

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One day at a time

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

"So, how are you doing?" Sometimes that's the only thing we can think to ask. Perhaps the issue is illness, grief, job loss, rebellious children (or parents) ... I could go on and on. Sometimes the hits just keep on coming.

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Do you have 20/20 hearing?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

Like a lot of people my age, I have to wear glasses. To clarify, there is nothing wrong with my eyesight.

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Did you really mean what you said?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

Some things are easy to say when they are hypothetical.

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We have a situation, mon!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

I have just returned from paradise. Not the one in Wise County, although it is a place I frequent.

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The assisted living decision

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

She's in her 90s. She can't hear. Her sight is dimming. She's becoming more and more afraid and anxious about her surroundings.

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The big red pen

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

I heard a highly successful pastor tell about a high school test. As the grades were returned, the students began discussing and comparing.

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What did you do on Christmas “Vacation?”

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

Do you recognize the name Clark Griswold, Chevy Chase's character in the 1980s "Vacation" films?

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‘Tween’ Week 2014: Reflect, respond and reload

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Gerry Lewis

So, here we are at the end of another year! Wow! I just got used to writing "2014" and it's time to start another one.

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My Christmas list

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
By Gerry Lewis

This song, "My Grown-Up Christmas List" (music by David Foster, lyrics by Linda Thompson-Jenner) was released in 1990. I first heard it in 1992, recorded by Amy Grant.

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Do you see what I see?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Gerry Lewis

"That must have been some STRONG coffee!" The quote gets my vote (and Mrs. Sweetie's) for the best response to a picture I posted to Facebook a few days ago.

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God’s timing is perfect

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Gerry Lewis

Do you ever find yourself waiting? You know, like a kid waiting for Christmas ... a nine-months pregnant woman waiting for D-day ... a husband waiting at Macy's (or a wife at Cabela's).

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Fear not … seriously!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
By Gerry Lewis

"Please call me ASAP. Your dog is at my house." I got that text at 6 a.m.

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