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Soft Heart, Thick Skin

Every morning when that phone would ring my stomach would twist into knots.  I never knew what the day would hold.  Would it be a classroom filled with well-behaved, eager-to-learn 3rd graders, or a pack of junior high school pre-pubescents lying in wait for me? That was my life as a substitute teacher.  Although I was grateful to have the income during those two years, the anxiety of the unknown each day felt unbearable at

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I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty

One of my all-time favorite musicals is “West Side Story.”  Not only have I seen it on TV multiple times but I had the great fortune to see it on Broadway a few years ago.  I had an LP of the soundtrack when I was growing up and I nearly have the entire musical memorized word for word.  It’s such a classic; a wonderful, 20th century take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. There is a

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Lines in the Sand

It was the day before a potential confrontation with her.  After being separated from this friend for a few months over a sharp disagreement I was preparing for what might be a show down.  Although time had elapsed my vitriol had not.  I was still angry, and hell-bent on finally getting a chance to prove myself, to show her I was right and she was wrong.  Although we had once been close, the line in

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sculpture of the armor of God

My Armor

For the past five years or so God has been leading me to make a move across country, from my home for the past 40 years in Southern California to the Catskill Mountains of New York.  I had always loved New York, from the first moment I stepped foot in the City, but I never dreamed of living there.  Little by little His plan for me became clear and each step He wanted me to

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What is Truth?

In the late 1990’s the police agency I worked for, like many other agencies, adopted a new philosophy called Community Oriented Policing.  It was based on the principles established in the early 1800’s by the father of modern policing, Sir Robert Peel.  The nine Peelian Priniciples focus on the necessity of cooperation, trust, and respect between those who are charged with enforcing the law and the people they serve.  The Community Oriented Policing Philosophy meant

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Working the Night Shift

For the majority of the six years that I was a police dispatcher I worked the graveyard shift.  This meant that I came in to work during the evening hours, worked throughout the night and then went home early the next morning.  I chose to work that shift not only because I’m a night owl and tend to have more energy at night, but also because it afforded me the opportunity to do other things

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