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Value Speak: When being different is special
Sep 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
OK, I admit it: I had a crush on JoAnn. So what? Every boy in the 5th grade had a crush on her. Why should I be any different?
Value Speak: In search of the lost
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
As I write this, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been lost for nearly two weeks.
Value Speak: ‘Are you not entertained?’
Jan 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
We don’t do a lot of trash talking in my business. At least, not face-to-face.
Value Speak: A paradox named Joe
Jan 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
My parents were staunch traditionalists, especially when it came to naming their children. They didn’t go for names that were fancy or cutesy or faddish.
Value Speak: The price of loving
Jan 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
    By Joseph  Walker I never met Max. I didn’t have to. I felt like I knew her (Max was actually short for Maxine) from everything my friend and colleague, John, said about her. For all of the 10 ...
Value Speak: Not just hope
Jan 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
As far as Brandon is concerned, 2013 can’t end soon enough. It’s been one of those years for him, you know? Illness, injuries, work issues, money frustrations, school hassles, two car wrecks and Р ...
Value Speak: The gift of giving
Dec 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Jon loves the giving part of Christmas. Of course, he likes the receiving part too. But ever since he was little, the youngest of our five children has taken special joy in the gifts he gives, espe...
Value Speak: The hat in the box
Dec 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
For members of the Greatest Generation, Dec. 7, 1941, will always be “a date which will live in infamy.” For me, however, the date I will always remember came 30 years later: Dec. 7, 1971.
Value Speak: Nattering nabobs
Dec 08, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
My friend, David, is a philosopher, of sorts. With a brilliant mind and profound faith, he enlightens and inspires me with his common sense wisdom dispensed in pithy observations that seem to be a ...
Value Speak: The adoption option
Nov 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Katie (not her real name) is a junior in high school. She is pretty, petite and popular.
Value Speak: The good one
Nov 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
  By Joseph  Walker I grew up as the youngest of eight children in a family filled with characters. From Mom and Dad on down the line, each of us had a role to play in the serial drama that was the...
Value Speak: Praying for Armistice
Nov 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
Armistice. It isn’t a word we use a lot today. Etymologically speaking, it comes from the Latin “arma,” which means “weapons,” and “statium,” which means stopping.
Value Speak: In the interest of science
Nov 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
I agreed to the interview in the interest of science. That should have been my first clue that this was not going to turn out well. Science and I have never been what you would call close.
Value Speak: The man who hates Halloween
Nov 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
It is widely known around here that I am The Man Who Hates Halloween.
Value Speak: Is integrity relative?
Oct 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
The problem, when it came right down to it, was towels. And sheets. And pillows. And blankets. The stuff just kept disappearing.
Value Speak: Prisons without walls
Oct 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Meet Ben. Then again, you already have. He’s your neighbor. Or maybe he’s your friend. You’ve borrowed his tools, and he’s borrowed yours. Your kids have played with his. You’ve chatted amiably and...
Value Speak: Lost in the Noise
Oct 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
William is only 11 months old, so he isn’t much of a conversationalist just yet. But that doesn’t stop him from talking.
Value Speak: Missing the forest for the trees
Oct 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Cindy glanced nervously at the clock on the kitchen wall. Five minutes before midnight.
Value Speak: Chanda 1, Cancer 0
Sep 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The last time I saw Chanda she was smiling. Never mind the scarf she was wearing to cover her nearly bald head. Forget the intensive chemical treatments that weakened and wracked her body.
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