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Did you ever wonder how to make these Easter Eggs? Well now’s the perfect time to ask one of the Junior Youth or Robin Walton. Although I’ve had the pleasure of making them with Robin, I’m not going to let the secret out. It’s a Martha Stewart delight – yes it really did come from her magazine.

The picture is just a little sampling from one participant.

A couple of years ago I attended a panel on civil rights and fair housing issues. One panelist (“Panelist A”) was adamant that the only way to reparation and repentance would come through one-on-one conversations. It needs to start at home. At work. With our children and with our neighbors. It’s a grass roots movement that requires discernment, communion, and conversation.

While Panelist A was imparting this, Panelist B – a civil rights attorney and friend of mine – could be seen rolling his eyes and fidgeting in his chair.

When Panelist B took the podium, it became clear...

Can you really be sorry for something you’ve done, if you won’t take responsibility for repairing –or at least trying to repair--the damage?

Think about a person who’s done something to hurt you –something pretty significant.  If you tell them what you need from them to repair the harm they’ve caused, and they ignore your response, are they really sorry? Or, maybe they acknowledge your words, but make no good faith effort to do anything. Or, what if they forget what you asked them to do?—forget that you even ever asked: Are they really sorry?...

Today, March 17, the IRS is releasing billions of dollars in stimulus money that will appear in bank accounts of American households.  I checked this morning and ours is already there.  That was fast.  This will be a lifeline for many who are out of work or behind on bills or have always struggled to keep up with basic living costs, or all of the above.  The flood of cash will no doubt stimulate the economy. 

For those of us in a more stable economic situation, perhaps it can also stimulate generosity.  Perhaps this giving takes the form of a stimulus tithe (10%), a nice round...

I often hear comments along these lines, “I bet you meet all kinds in your line of business.” Here is the story of the only time that I have ever “fired” a client.

In 2016 someone called the CMC office and asked if there happened to be a Mennonite REALTOR® in the congregation. Gwen or Mim gave them my number. When I got the phone call, the voice on the other end told me that they were looking to build a house, “on ten acres, in a Mennonite community, and preferably in Bexley.” They were not Mennonite, but knew that we were “good people.”...

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