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Rockets

When I was in college, way back in the last millennium, I had the great fortune to be cast as a Jet in West Side Story. Role of lifetime, right? I was billed as “Big Deal,” and I had one line during a scene that the Sharks and Jets meet to decide where they will […]

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Distance

Who doesn’t want to be seen and heard? To be liked and thanked? Who among us refuses to accept gratitude?Raise your hand if you find yourself belittling and scoffing the attention of those you respect and admire.Now, everyone take your hand down…except Joaquin Phoenix.Appreciation is universally accepted, encouraged and, if we care to admit it, […]

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Breaking Ground

For the first time, we have 12 boys at Whetstone Boys Ranch. 12 sweaty, energetic, hormonal, emotionally-charged boys. 12 boys to serve, love, teach, mentor, counsel, feed, support, discipline, challenge, comfort, and console.This has been the plan for this campus since we opened in the fall of 2011. 12 was the magic number.12 tribes of […]

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Alternative Living

One side effect of pursuing an alternative diet is that you end up being introduced to all kinds of alternative things.One day you’re looking into the benefits of making your own kefir, and then the next you’re thinking about growing a beard and joining a commune!It’s a slippery slope, let me tell you…and one that […]

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Building Boys of Character

An alarming number of boys in America today are victims of two deadly storms.  The first is a broken family that fails to protect and nurture, and instead buries them under the rubble of abuse and neglect.  If against all odds they crawl out unscathed, they face a second assault by a culture that exploits […]

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Sabbath

I have recently started thinking about the Sabbath.  I mean, why is keeping this day holy, the only one of the Ten Commandments that we take as a suggestion?   The more I reflect on this, the more I feel convicted to move from intellectual pondering to passionate action.  I am coming to see that in […]

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Pointing the Way

Mike is a big guy.He needs to be on the football team, or on the track team as a shot-putter.He is also a guy with big heart.In the few months that I have known him, I have seen this in the way his voice changes when he talks about his little sister, and in the […]

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Chickens

This spring, we mail-ordered 20 chicks.  For those unfamiliar with this process, they actually come in a box, with holes for them to breathe of course.  (In the spring, the West Plains Post Office has so many of these boxes that the entire place chirps!)  We ordered these chicks for a few reasons.  One is […]

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One-Eyed Chicken Survivor

One-eyed chicken survivor miraculously appeared this morning.  Rejoined his compatriots who now, for some reason, stick remarkably close together. Need me to draw the analogy to at-risk boys?  I think not. That’ll preach. P.S. If this is confusing, read my previous blog.

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Finding Truth

I have noticed that since moving to the country, my eyes and ears have started working better.  I take more time to see and hear.  The flock of birds that flies by above me makes a whizzing sound.  The noises in the distant fields at night have names and strange faces.  When I go on […]

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