The Day An Oxford Comma Cost $10 Million

The Great Oxford Comma Debate Because of the lack of an Oxford comma, milk-truck drivers in Maine recently won a $10 million lawsuit against their employer, Oakhurst Dairy (O'Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy). An Oxford comma (aka a serial comma), is the last comma separating...

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Living In the Right Boxes – Part 4 of 4 – Avoid

The Box to Avoid Welcome to the last of our 4-part series. We'll discuss the box to avoid completely. The link to Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: Box 4 -...

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Living In the Right Boxes – Part 3 of 4 – Limit

The Box to Limit Welcome to part three of our 4-part series. This week's box is one to limit our time as much as possible. The link to Part 1: The link to Part 2: Box 3 - Urgent & Not...

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Living In the Right Boxes – Part 2 of 4 – Focus

The Box to Focus Welcome to part two of our 4-part series. We'll address which box to focus more time than we typically do. If you missed Part 1 or want to refresh your memory, click on this link: ‎ Box 2 - Not Urgent &...

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Living In the Right Boxes – Part 1 of 4 – Manage

The Box to Manage If you struggle with time management -- like I do -- we can think inside the boxes. In this 4-part series, each week I'll share two examples from the Bible to support the principles. The first box is the one to manage. Box 1 - Urgent & Important...

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Giving the Squeaky Wheel a Deaf Ear

Squeaky Wheels The squeaky wheel gets the grease." Constructive criticism is like that blue-green liquid Mom shoehorned in my mouth when I was sick. Yucky now. Helpful later. If a problem should be addressed or a task could be improved, this info is gold. Even if it...

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How Will We Be Remembered After We’re Gone?

Remembered for What? How do you want to be remembered? Three of the shorter obituaries I've read summarized the person's life in just three words. "She was disabled." "He was retired." "He had dementia." I wonder what their life must have been like before they...

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An Alternative View of Alternate Facts

Just the Facts Let's start with a little quiz about basic facts. In the police lineup photo above, how tall is Bart Simpson? What is 2+2? At what Fahrenheit temperature does water boil? Who was the first president of the United States of America? What is the largest...

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The Greatest Benefit of Using a Word of the Year

Word for 2017 Have you chosen your "word" for this year? If not, there's still 50 weeks left to reap the benefits. Annually I ask God to give me one particular theme to frame my life for that year. As Mel Gibson's William Wallace says below, my current choice is...

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Prayers to Light the Journey Ahead in Your New Year

Prayers for 2017 Of all the prayers for the new year, Thomas Merton (1915-1968) penned my favorite. New Year's Prayer My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not know the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know...

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When Peace on Earth Is in Our Dreams

"In Your Dreams!" If we dare to verbalize an important wish, it hurts when someone snorts and says, "In your dreams!" As the world celebrates another Christmas, once more we turn our thoughts to peace on earth. The announcement of Jesus' birth included the angels...

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But Then You Came

He Came But then you came. As I recall the story from Rick Ezell's sermon, one day a young wife and mother snapped and ran away. She answered her husband's frequent phone calls but wouldn't tell him where she was. The woman ignored his repeated pleas to come home....

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Fake News: You Can Make This Stuff Up After All

Fake News.Com Fake news is real news these days. How ironic. Nonfiction writers sometimes defend crazy happenings in their books or articles. They say, "You can't make this stuff up!" But with the news today, apparently you can make this stuff up. And get paid well in...

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I Am Thankful for You

Thankful for You Of all the reasons I have to be thankful, one of them is you. Without you, there would be no blog. "Lighting the Journey Ahead" would not exist. To be clear, I don't make a penny off this blog. The time I invest is strictly a labor of love. I do this...

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What Makes Our Giving Acceptable?

Giving Acceptably Does God bless our giving with favor? Genesis 4:3-5a says: In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil  as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with...

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