Tuesday, January 31 2023 - 1:00 PM

David B. Smith

writes from Southern California.

Speak Once, Then Act

child hugging adult

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

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Glad to Be Well

man blowing nose

Dear God: It feels so good to be well! Last month, when I had that flu bug for almost a week and was so miserable, …

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Plans and Detours

plane

Dear God: It is frustrating to have plans change! Our daughter just called, and her incoming flight is two hours late and being routed to …

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Bless the Waitress

waitress serving table

Dear God: Our waitress is there every Sunday afternoon when we go through the buffet line. “Rony.” And I sometimes think about her life, that …

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My Exploding Schedule

man looking stressed looking at laptop screen

Help God: I’d like to call a timeout from my schedule and have some soothing “Enya” quiet time with you, but today’s one of those …

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Is Heaven Real?

Stone steps beside the sea

In most jokes about heaven, St. Peter guards the pearly gates, and some religious leaders get around on skateboards instead of Mercedes Benz chariots. But …

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Mom’s Birthday

daughter hugging mom

Dear God: I want to thank you for Mom. Today, we celebrated her 83rd birthday, and she’s still well and happy. She misses Dad, sure; …

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