Friday, June 14 2024 - 11:33 AM

Michael Temple

writes from Grand Forks, North Dakota.

His Strength, My Joy

In the book Decision, Joni Eareckson Tada writes: Honesty is always the best policy, but especially when you’re surrounded by a crowd of women in …

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Safety Chain

symbol of man climbing ladder

I gulped as I peered towards my colleagues, who were both standing on the scaffold platform that loomed 35 feet in the air. They were …

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Taxing Taxes

tax files

Tax time aggravates me. It really does. It frustrates other people too. Almost everyone I have ever spoken with detests that time of year when …

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Dead Malls

empty shopping mall

“We’re riding on the escalator of life, We’re shopping in the human mall, We’re dancing on the escalator of life, Won’t be happy ‘til we …

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Stolen Valor

military men

“You’re a fake, an impostor. You don’t deserve to call yourself a Marine because you didn’t earn it!” I watched the video intently as a …

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Adaptable Dinner

man peering in smoky oven

“It smells like something is burning,” my son-in-law exclaimed. It was the night before Thanksgiving, and I could smell the pungent odor of smoke too. …

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The Side Trail


“Hey dad, do you want to make a side trail with me?” My son Michael and I were just about to dismount the chairlift at …

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The Keychain

set of keys in ignition

It stays in my pocket almost every day, fits in the palm of my hand and is one of my most prized possessions. It’s been …

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Instruction Manual

cook with kitchen utensils and help sign

I fought the Veg-O-Matic, and the Vege-O-Matic won! If you’re wondering what a Vege-O-Matic is, let me explain. A Vege-O-Matic is a kitchen tool that …

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