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"After a couple of years of celebrating apart because of the pandemic, and also for having just lived through another rancorous national election, we all could use the joy and hope and anticipation that is promised us in Christmas, in the birth of a mighty little king born in a manger."
Katie Pinke looks at the positive impact of 4-H on youth.
"Six Nations speak of a principle called the seventh-generation teaching, where leaders are instructed to 'consider the impact of their decisions on the seventh generation from now.' That’s a profound teaching, and a stark contrast to America’s current political promises, four-year terms, special interest lobbying and decisions based on quarterly profits. How about if we thought long term?"
When my tour around the classroom was nearing its end, Dave showed me the best thing yet — a free root beer dispenser. Through the clear plastic jug I saw a familiar root beer colored liquid topped with an appetizing foam head. I was over-awed and it looked very tempting.

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The antidote you need comes from the Bible’s most morbid book: Ecclesiastes. This is the short Old Testament book that concludes that all human emotion, activity and ambition results in hevel, an awesome Hebrew word that means fog, mist, vanity and meaninglessness.
"It's pretty easy to forget that the rest of us can stay inside and not deal with these things only because there are people who willingly go outside every day and do the work. When you pull a package of hamburger or a steak from your freezer, remember the ones who raised the cattle and say a little prayer for their safety and well-being."
The Minnesota Vikings seem to have luck (as well as talent) on their side this year. In the NFL, luck is important.
"I like that we are still discovering creatures previously unknown to us even though we are supposedly firmly into our golden scientific age. It’s a good and humbling reminder of our place in the order of things. ... I marvel at a God who would create us in his image, but still take the time to fashion the prehistoric-looking conger eel — it’s real, look it up! — for purposes I will never comprehend."
To connect teens with adults, Northwood Public School along with a community healthcare partner held its first Multi-Generation Trivia Night with 14 teams participating. Katie Pinke was a part of the last-place team and shares the wins she still experienced between friends and three generations of her family.
... the gratitude jar is about forcing us to not dwell on the bad. There’s bad news, bad people, bad experiences, bad days that we all encounter. The challenge is to not let the bad news consume us ...

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One of the most significant lessons my dad taught this farmer’s daughter was to lead by example.
Even a pastor needs divine reassurance every once in a while.
"Native people are not in the past, we are in the present and we are in the future. Here’s a story we are making."

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