Tuesday, May 17 2022 - 7:10 AM

David B. Smith

writes from Southern California.

Our New Home

man giving keys to couple

Dear God: I can’t believe it, Father. After all these years, you have given us a home of our very own! The paperwork went through, …

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Confession

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Dear God: Father, I’ve chosen tomorrow as the day I’m going to find Glen and make my confession. I’m so ashamed. Five years ago, I …

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Speak Once, Then Act

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Someone once suggested that the best guide to discipline is just four words long: “Speak once . . . then act.” My cousin Morris Venden …

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New Life

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Dear God: I watched the birth of my daughter today. At three minutes after one, her tiny head emerged . . . and then I …

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Go Ahead, Say It

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Let me set two marriage goals before you. First, praise your spouse with flattering words at least once a day. And I mean, every single …

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Jesus the Lobbyist

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You’re a lobbyist? You’d almost have better luck putting “Top Used-Car Salesman” on your resumé. Politicians, especially those with an ambitious eye on a comfy …

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Saying Goodbye

people moving

Dear God: Today, we let her go. We moved Karli into her dorm room at Cal Poly, went out to dinner (which felt to me …

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Everyday Chores

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Dear God: Okay, here’s my glamorous chore list for today. One: vacuum. Two: take those packages to the Post Office. Three: make a run to …

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Final Exams

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Dear God: I’ve got a massive comprehensive final exam in 45 minutes, God, and I can’t help the feeling of dread that creeps over me.  …

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