Ronald Reagan Quote

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Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) was America’s 40th President.  Years before he served his two terms of office as President (1980-1988), Reagan addressed the Republican National Convention in 1964.  The above excerpt comes from his Freedom Speech.

Victor Hugo Quotes

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There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

Music expresses that which cannot be said on which it is impossible to be silent.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was a French writer and politician.  His literary career spanned over 60 years, and his works are considered some of the greatest of any French writer.

R. F. Kuang Quotes

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War doesn’t determine who’s right.  War determines who remains.

When man begins to think that he is responsible for writing the script of the world, he forgets the forces that dream up our reality.

Rebecca (R. F.) Kuang (born 1996) is a Chinese-American writer.  Much of her writing is filled with fantasy themes, but sometimes the images become more than real.  Both of the above quotes come her book, THE POPPY WAR (published in 2018).

Jack Wellman Quote

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No one needs to tell you that these are very troubling times; however, the Word of God can give us assurance for a hope and a future, even in a troubled world.

From 2 Timothy 3:1-2:  “You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come.  For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy.”

Jack Wellman is an American pastor and Christian author.  

Knew My Name

From Isaiah 49:1:  “Listen to me, O coastlands; pay attention, you peoples from far away!  The Lord called me before I was born; while I was in my mother’s womb He named me.”

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Long before my birth

Father knew my name

Yes, creating me

No one shall be the same


Witnessing His grace

Father builds my trust

Day’s resolve strengthens

Righteousness now entrust


Providing for needs

Father’s light leads me

Mountains become roads

Future path, clear to see


Serving life’s purpose

Father never awed

My green pastures wait

Forever, child of God


Praising Savior Christ

My blessed salvation

New life now christened

Father’s creation


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From Isaiah 49:13:  “Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing!  For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his suffering ones.”

Paying Actions Forward (Haiku Series #208)

Character Counts

Guiding principle

Building lasting foundation—

Honesty always

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Gift for Tomorrow

Righteous citizens

Preserving lasting good name—

Sharing goodwill

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Setting the Table

Each generation

Integrity’s highest road

Inheriting trust

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O. Henry Quotes

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We can’t buy one minute of time with cash; if we could, rich people would live longer.

No friendship is an accident.

O. Henry, the pen name of William Henry Porter (1862-1910), was an American writer who mastered the art of crafting short stories.

Nel Noddings Quotes

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Everything we do, then, as teachers, has moral overtones.

It still amazes me that we insist on teaching algebra to all students when only about 20 percent will ever us it and fail to teach anything about parenting when the vast majority of our students will become parents.

Nel Noddings (1929-2022) was an American educator and philosopher.  Her teaching career included 17 years as an elementary and high school teacher along with serving in administrative positions.  Before retiring in 1998, her career moved into teaching and administrative positions at Stanford, Columbia, and Colgate universities.

Oswald Chambers Quote

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We have all to find our niche in life, and spiritually we find it when we receive our ministry from the Lord.

From Acts 20:24:  “But I do not count my life of any value to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.”

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a Scottish evangelist and Christian teacher.  Following his death from an illness while in Egypt during World War I, his wife took on the task of transcribing the detailed notes she had written from his lectures and sermons.  Gertrude Hobbs Chambers’ efforts resulted in the publication in 1924 of MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST.  I frequently read from this devotional, and it has greatly deepened my faith and understanding of God’s Word.

Famous and Rich

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Growing up with little

On life’s other side of

Prosperity’s tracks

Feeling little love


Orphaned and now alone

Facing endless trials

Not famous and rich

Walking distant miles


Mansion never lived in

Dreaming of special place

Emptiness drains time

Leaving drifter’s race


Searching for happiness

Another evening fire

Nomad’s life stirring

Finding what inspires

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