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When the Bill Comes Due

In 1940, a new house could be yours for around $4,000.  A shiny new automobile could be driven off the lot for about $850, filled with gasoline costing 11 cents per gallon.   For the  man with a wedding or other important social event on his calendar, a well-tailored new suit ...

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Leave the Excuses Behind

Discipline has changed since my elementary school days over 40 years ago. Outside our principal’s office was a line across the floor where the feet of those sent for a visit with him would line up perfectly…waiting. While almost unheard of today, corporal punishment was administered to some offenders by ...

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A Lesson from Lister’s Life

British surgeon Dr. Joseph Lister relied on his strong faith in God as he faced ongoing criticism for not subscribing to the belief that disease was caused by “miasma,” or bad air. He was convinced  that cleansing surgical wounds and the hands of the surgeons would help save many lives ...

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Don’t Be a “Go-Backer”

The lure of finding gold in Colorado seemed worth the gamble in 1859, as many men struggled to make ends meet in a down economy. Pulling up stakes and spending six months’ income to purchase a team of oxen, risking disease and possible attacks, was outweighed by the strong pull ...

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A Feast Fit for God

The recipient of an invitation to a feast in the 18th century could look forward to several large courses at the banquet table. First would come steaming mushroom broth, then beetroot salad, and baked pudding. Next would come rich meats that included boiled rabbit, as well as chicken and stewed ...

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