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Pig Oxfam

Gifts that Give Back

Folks have been lamenting the commercialization of the holiday season for years, but the outcry this year about shopping on Thanksgiving indicates a rebellion of sorts. Christmas decorations pop up in stores in September; relentless television advertising pushes consumers to empty wallets for a “perfect” holiday; the irony of rushing around buying gifts right up […]

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Happy Birthday America! (Explored!)

More than Fireworks

Happy Independence Day!    This day always reminds me that despite whatever is going on our country politically, economically, or socially, we do live in an exceptional place founded by exceptional people.  I thank God for the opportunity to live in the Land of Opportunity. Remember the bicentennial celebrations?  The movie 1776?  What fun!  We […]

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Salvation Army

More than Red Kettles and Tax Deductions

What do you think of when you think of the Salvation Army?  Until recently, I thought about their famous red kettles and the place where I donated clothes to get my year end tax deduction.  This September though, I had the privilege of visiting the Salvation Army’s Eastern Territorial Headquarters and hearing about the variety […]

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