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10 Myths About Being Single

1. All singles, especially women, want to get married. Changes in our society have given women more options and benefits to staying single.

2. Single men are irresponsible. Because some men know themselves well enough to know they are not ready for marriage, this does not make them irresponsible or afraid of commitment.

3. Singles are sexually frustrated. According to several national studies…

10 Steps for Conflict Resolution

Set a time and place for discussion.

Define the problem or issue of disagreement.

Talk about how each of you contributes to the problem.

List past attempts to resolve the issue that were unsuccessful.

Brainstorm new ways to resolve the conflict. List all possible solutions.

Discuss and evaluate these possible solutions.

Agree on one solution to try.

100 Nails

Shortly after I moved from Alaska to California, one of my studded snow tires went flat. The service-station attendant took a long look and the said, “Mister, I don’t know how to tell you this, but you’ve got over a hundred nails in your tire!”

1000-Mile Dog Sled Run

Every year in Alaska, a 1000-mile dogsled race, run for prize money and prestige, commemorates an original “race” run to save lives. Back in January of 1926, six-year-old Richard Stanley showed symptoms of diphtheria, signaling the possibility of an outbreak in the small town of Nome. When the boy passed away a day later, Dr. Curtis Welch began immunizing children and adults with an experimental…

12 Sponges

In the operating room of a large hospital, a young nurse was completing her first full day of responsibilities. “You’ve only removed 11 sponges, doctor,” she said to the surgeon. “We used 12.”

“I removed them all,” the doctor declared. “We’ll close the incision now.”

“No,” the nurse objected. “We used 12 sponges.”


18 Proven Stress Reducers

1. Don’t rely on your memory. Write down appointments, when to pick up the laundry, when library books are due, etc.

2. Get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning so you don’t start the day feeling frazzled.

3. Keep a duplicate car key in your wallet.

4. An instant cure for most stress: 30 minutes of brisk walking or other aerobic exercise.

5. Resolve to be tender with the…

1800s Graffiti Found in Monument

Washington—Graffiti from the 1800s discovered by workers renovating the Washington Monument has quite a different tone from that usually found today on the sides of buildings and subway cars.

“Whoever is the human instrument under God in the conversion of one soul, erects a monument to his own memory more lofty and enduing (sic) than this,” reads the inscription which can now be…

18th Century Conversion Poll

Nineteenth century Scottish preacher Horatius Bonar asked 253 Christian friends at what ages they were converted. Here’s what he discovered:

Under 20 years of age 138 (54.5%)

Between 20 and 30 85 (33.6%)

Between 30 and 40 22 (8.7%)

Between 40 and 50 4 (1.6%)

Between 50 and 60 3 (1.2%)

Between 60 and 70 1 (.4%)

Over 70 0

1929 Rose Bowl

On New Year’s Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played University of California in the Rose Bowl. In that game a man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for California. Somehow, he became confused and started running 65 yards in the wrong direction. One of his teammates, Benny Lom, outdistanced him and downed him just before he scored for the opposing team. When California attempted to punt, Tech blocked…

1972 Gold Medal Game

It was a case of now-you-win-it, now-you-don’t. That’s what people remember about 1972’s gold medal game—how the USA celebrated victory only to watch in horror as the Soviets won the second time around.

The Soviets had control of the game from the opening tip until the furious final seconds. They led 26-21 at half time and 38-28 with 10 minutes to play. Then the USA began to…

Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, October 31st, 2020
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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