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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Relay
Posted Friday, June 20, at 5:24 PM
Three months ago I agreed to set a high goal for my fundraising efforts for the Putnam County Relay for Life. Over the two previous years I had raised a little over $100 but this year I decided to raise $1000. I had roughly one month in which to do it...

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Personality
Posted Sunday, March 23, at 5:47 PM

Once a month I get to teach a class in Bloomington to students studying to become specialists in pastoral care and counseling. Recently our four-month long intensive has been on the subject of personality from both a clinical and a counseling psychology approach. ...

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Clipped wings
Posted Wednesday, February 12, at 11:01 AM

It's the most reaction I've gotten from people in several years! I've had responses such as "How could you?" to "Why didn't you?" to "I would've given them a piece of my mind!" Months ago our Indiana House Rep. Jim Baird asked my permission to list me for potentially giving a prayer at the beginning of a session of the House. I filled out a form and, weeks later, received a telephone call where a date was selected for me to appear...

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Memories and new awareness
Posted Thursday, January 30, at 11:33 AM

So far this is the winter of running faucets to make sure they don't freeze. This is the winter of scarves, gloves, and the wearing of two or more pairs of socks. This is the winter of artic air where I have discovered that plates can crack in the microwave (who knew!) after having just lost my third plate today...

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Life review
Posted Wednesday, December 18, at 9:00 PM

It began because of an honors class that Bob Steele was teaching at DePauw University. Students were to select a person in the community, interview them, and then present that person's life to the class as a major project for one's final grade. I've heard that several of us in the Greencastle community were honored by being asked if we might be interviewed...

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Computer desk
Posted Tuesday, October 29, at 11:10 AM

I have a computer desk that sits in the study at the parsonage. Symbolically it has come to represent so much more than simply being a piece of furniture. I moved to Greencastle in July 2006, and lived for a time in a parsonage next to the McKim Observatory. That house was sold and, during the hectic stress of my first Commencement week, church members moved all of my belongings to the new parsonage. Let me simply say that is a week I will never forget no matter how hard I try .....

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Doctor up my eyes
Posted Thursday, September 26, at 3:40 PM

I've had major change in my life during the past five weeks. In some ways you could say that I've had a religious experience. I was first diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes over six years ago. They weren't growing and my optometrist told me that I probably had 20 or more years before I needed to worry about them. ...

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My addiction
Posted Friday, August 16, at 3:33 PM

This is the third time in my life that I have lost control over myself in a particular area. I'm addicted and I need to begin the process of regaining my life. My addiction? "Days of Our Lives," a soap opera on NBC. For three weeks in October 2012 I found myself bored and watching television while recovering from foot surgery. Afternoons found me watching "Days of Our Lives" at 1 p.m. Sammy is a character that has been on that show for ... decades! What trouble has she gotten into this time?...

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Tennessee television
Posted Wednesday, July 10, at 10:11 AM

I got away for a couple of days! A friend's wife gave us her blessing and he said to me, "Where do you want to go?" And so we went to Tennessee, birthplace of my father, and a little town south of Nashville where a great deal of my childhood was spent...

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Robert Farber
Posted Friday, June 21, at 9:16 AM

As pastor of a congregation I get to share in the highest honor accorded anyone in our culture. I get to describe a person's life, their contributions, and their spiritual love at their funeral or memorial service. Often times I'm asked to do this for complete strangers. This week I have the privilege of doing such for a good friend...

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Good to the last drop
Posted Wednesday, June 12, at 10:12 AM

It happened a couple of Saturdays ago. I had an 8 a.m. meeting at the Putnam Inn. Around 15 of us met in the south side meeting room. There was quite a crowd already there with two thirds of the restaurant packed with people getting their breakfasts. Some were awake, some were barely awake, and some looked to be sleep walking that early of a morning. I was probably in that last category since early morning meetings on my day off are not something I usually schedule!...

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Diana Ross
Posted Thursday, May 30, at 9:13 AM

Summer time has officially arrived when I break out music from an artist whose work impacted me decades ago. This year it's been Diana Ross. For those of you too old to remember, Diana Ross is a living legend. While she was in high school, Barry Gordon Jr. ...

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Behind the scenes
Posted Friday, February 1, at 11:13 AM

My nephew is in his 11th year of coaching. I finally got to attend the first basketball game where I saw him in this position. He played basketball and other sports all throughout his public school education. While taller than most other players, even by his senior year his body hadn't filled out enough to move beyond the nickname of "string bean" and so he didn't get to play as long as other players in each game. ...

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Big bears!
Posted Wednesday, January 23, at 2:07 PM

I went back to Evansville for our family Christmas gathering. My only surviving sibling (and much older-than-me sister!) wanted to go to the Evansville Museum for a few hours and invited me to go with her, a very surprising invitation since she hasn't been inside any museum's doors since Richard Nixon was president...

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New beginnings
Posted Wednesday, January 2, at 11:32 AM

My first meal of the day included black eye peas. My father would have been so proud! From his hillbilly roots in Tennessee we would always include this vegetable on the first day of the New Year. My mother always had to have cabbage as well. Sorry, Mom, I just couldn't pull that one off this year!...

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A number of firsts
Posted Friday, November 9, at 11:13 AM

During these last few weeks I've been recovering from foot surgery. I was very lucky, had a great surgeon and now find that I'm getting better and stronger day by day. It is as if each morning now holds the opportunity for new firsts in recovery: First meal away from the parsonage, first day without using crutches, first day wearing a shoe, etc...

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One of those days
Posted Tuesday, October 9, at 3:21 PM

It was one of those mornings. My electric razor head broke into five pieces that would not fit back together. It was one week past the two-year warranty. My Soni-care electric toothbrush's battery died (after 11 years). I rushed to Wal-Mart, bought a new Soni-care and a new electric razor, rushed home, used the new razor only to have the head flip open while in use with the three combs falling out from their matching three cylinder heads...

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Free falling
Posted Friday, September 14, at 1:44 PM

Last weekend I spent all day Saturday "manning" an unmarked table at Airport Appreciation Days. Still in my two year waiting period after having several surgeries for skin cancer, I had layered myself with so much sun screen and sun block that I must have looked like a zombie! I tripled up on my allergy medication and had even driven down to Bloomington the day before for an extra round of allergy shots...

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Front page
Posted Friday, August 31, at 1:55 PM

Well, my church finally made it in a photo on the front page of a newspaper! Unfortunately, it wasn't exactly the type of photo we'd been hoping for. By now I'm sure you've heard the story. Two missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were walking along Locust Street. ...

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Our secret
Posted Wednesday, August 22, at 9:27 AM

Suddenly committee meetings have become more tolerable. Suddenly meetings with certain people have become pleasant. I've been hearing impaired since age fourteen. For decades each testing professional would declare that I had lost even more of my hearing but that they couldn't do anything to help. I became very good at reading lips; speakers would remark on how I had such good eye contact with them!...

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Rev. P.T. Wilson
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P.T. Wilson is the senior pastor at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, Greencastle, and is also the University Chaplain at DePauw University.
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