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Ponderings From the PA

Transitions in life seem to be occurring more rapidly as one ages.  The child you diapered a week or so ago now is in college.  The rotary phone is now a gadget you can use to do almost anything.  It is a challenge to keep up. Some of the transitions are quite difficult.  We downsize […]

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Ponderings From the PA

Reflection. This is an interesting word. What do you think of when you hear it? Probably most commonly the image of you that stares back at you every morning in the mirror. In my case it can cause me to wonder where all my hair went, how did I get to be this old, and […]

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Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day are all celebrated in February. Each one calls us to venerate certain aspects of our history or our culture. From the one we love to the furry prognosticator, there are cards, celebrations and symbols that call our attention to the day. Whether it is a top hat, a […]

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January is my least favorite month!  The decorations of Christmas have been boxed and put away for another year.  The weather usually turns colder and we may even have snow to contend with.  Perhaps what makes it so dreary is not any of these things but the tendency we have to hibernate.  The only time […]

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Live or Artificial? In many families this issue regarding the Christmas tree has been the source of lively discussion and debate. The traditionalists have maintained that the real celebration of the season is maintained by using the live (before it was cut down) tree. An evergreen is intended to symbolize the ever present spirit of […]

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Rev. Dr. Fred Leasure What is your identity? Over the past several years there has been growing concern about identity theft. Also, greater security concerns have led to more ways necessary to prove who you are. Recently I was walking downtown at lunch time and noticed that most everyone that passed had some type of […]

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I had the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of the United Methodist Foundation for over three decades.  During that time, I had the “privilege” to serve as executor for several estates and to administer numerous bequests. My role was quite simple when there had been adequate planning with careful thought.  Unfortunately this was […]

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Summer is upon us. (Sometimes the weather doesn’t quite get the message!) In any event, it is known as the time for picnics, pools, and parties. A time for families to head off to new places or comfort in traditional getaways. Certainly a much loved time of year. So, what does summer mean for the […]

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As we have gone from a family of six in our house to a family of two, the topic of “downsizing” has been discussed.  Though this is an extremely personal one with many things to consider, there are some common thoughts.  In our advancing years, will we be able to care for such a big […]

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