Rufus means, literally, “red.” William II, a king of England, was nicknamed Rufus because of the color of his hair. The ancient Romans regularly gave the name Rufus to red-haired babies. We ...

Cooperation. Understanding. Getting along with people even when we disagree. Those sound pretty good, like they are things we should do. A good way to live. Taking the high road and letting ...

George Washington is our standard. How does that story go? “I cannot lie, Father. I am the one who cut down the cherry tree.” It’s generally accepted now that the cherry tree incident ...

Try summer in Texas. Or South Florida or Arizona. The sun will fry your scalp. Stay out too long, and you’ll boil your blood. Your body won’t be able to cool off fast enough, and you’ll ...

So, you want me to be honest. Truly? In everything? Like … about the color of your new living room curtains? And the way you keep your lawn? Or the turkey you prepared last Christmas, the one ...

We know forgiveness is difficult. That’s not what this is about. We’re moving past that. We’re accepting that we’ve already decided to forgive the bad guy, the one who’s done us wrong, ...

Leveling up is gaming terminology. Yes, computer games. Each character must achieve a final goal, and they work through “levels” reflecting the progress they’ve made. Each new level gives ...

We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword. A small thing we can balance on one finger can do more damage than a two-handed shaft of gleaming steel. Our tongue? It weighs only a few ...

Peace, according to Merriam-Webster, is a state of tranquility or quiet. In other words, things are in a calm state, with no rowdiness anywhere near. We can close our eyes and think without being ...

Ah, Christmas Eve. The night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring … Oops, wrong story. That one’s about a fat man in a red suit about to come down the ...

Love is learned. Sure, we read about “instant attraction,” where we fall head over heels … but that’s not love. What!?! How can you say that’s not love? Because it’s not. It’s ...

Browse the holiday rack at the greeting card counter. Mother’s Day, birthdays, Thanksgiving … ah, there’s the Christmas cards. They are bright and colorful, among the best on the rack. ...
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