LIFE MATTERS

The quotable dad

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

"You sound just like your dad." "That looked just like Grandpa."

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Five benefits of thankfulness

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

Happy Thanksgiving! I know what you're thinking. The boy has lost his mind. Maybe the sudden change from all that cool, wet weather to upper 90's has boiled his brain.

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What to do with criticism

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

"You never should have been called as pastor of this church."

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How to take a compliment

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

"You have an interesting sense of humor." When I was introduced to someone at a funeral visitation, that sentence followed, "I enjoy reading your newspaper column."

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Necessity is the mother of invention

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

Abraham Lincoln once said, "The problem with Internet quotes is that they are hard to verify."

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What would a few crumbs cost?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

I am on a clear liquid diet today in preparation for that wonderful procedure that doctors like to require for people over 50. If you don't know what I'm talking about, your time is coming.

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How deep is your love?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
By Gerry Lewis

For those of us who were teenagers in the 1970s, that title put the sweet falsetto harmonies of the Bee Gees in our minds' ears.

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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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