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Pain That Screams, Pain That Smiles

If the emergency room folks had asked me to rate my pain that day on a 1-10 scale, I would have said "22." It was the worst pain I'd… read more
Ron Hutchcraft A Word with You

Kobe's Biggest Game

When the shocking news of Kobe Bryant's sudden death broke, it really hit like losing someone you knew. … read more
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The "Darth Vader" of Christmas

There's a Nativity in every room of our house. That was my wife's #1 order for Christmas decorating. Decorations are fine. Lights are nice.… read more
Ron Hutchcraft A Word with You

Home for Christmas. For Real.

Our granddaughter couldn't have been more than three that Christmas. Suddenly she appeared in the living room, carrying a long, empty wrapping… read more
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A "Magic Words" Thanksgiving

My parents told me they were the "magic words." But they would often have to remind me, "And what are the magic words again,… read more
Ron Hutchcraft A Word with You

Finish Line Fever

I got to visit my very intelligent grandson on the campus of his new college last week. Wall-to-wall with students like him. I got to use the three… read more
Ron Hutchcraft A Word with You

Year-Round Masks

I saw the sign on the door of a convenience store. On Halloween. … read more
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Labels - Good for Groceries, Bad for People

I like labels. In a grocery store. It's good to know what you're about to put in your body. … read more
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My Tug-O-War With God

A lot of guys introduce their wives as "my better half." My Karen was more than that. I've told many people, "She made my half so… read more
Ron Hutchcraft A Word with You

When Our Heroes Fall

In warfare, they call it collateral damage. Those innocent bystanders, victims of a bomb that’s been dropped. … read more
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Lying Scales and Twisted Scriptures

Every morning I have a date with my bathroom scale. Some days it makes me smile. Other days, I'm sad. So I need comfort food. Like donuts. … read more
Ron Hutchcraft A Word with You

Thanks. A Lot.

Our grandson wants to major in philosophy when he gets to college next fall. A few days ago, we got to sample what kind of philosophy we might… read more
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The Very Best Day...When Your Debt Goes Away!

Lots of commencement speeches this time of year. Most of them, pretty predictable. "Live up to your potential." "Follow your… read more
Ron Hutchcraft A Word with You

Three Graduations - Grief, Greatness, Glory

A Personal Word... … read more
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Legacy of a Laughing Mom

I told my Karen many times, "They're picking it up on seismograph." Her laugh, that is. That infectious, head back, light up the room… read more
Ron Hutchcraft A Word with You

Easter...On Both Sides of the Dirt

I had the last handful of dirt. Many of our dear Native American friends had led the way. They really loved my Karen. … read more
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Why it Feels So Weird to be Normal

My first hint that things were changing was the Storm Troopers suddenly patrolling the parking lot. Then I saw the man with the floor-length wolf… read more
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When You've Done All You Can...

It's a stunner. They call it Firefall. For a few nights in February, Horsetail Falls at Yosemite National Park appears to have turned into… read more
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Looking for That Someone

Our grandson's on a mission to Asia today! Literally, retracing much of my first overseas ministry trip many years ago. … read more
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Four Questions for Valentines

It was Valentine's Day, "long ago and in a galaxy far away" (actually, I was in college). The day I risked it all to get the girl I… read more
Ron Hutchcraft A Word with You

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