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Super Food for Super People

A couple of weeks ago there was this big football game…the Super Bowl! The guys at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center, at Open Door Mission, pretty much love sports. There were parties all over town, most of them with alcohol. That is a lot of temptation for men trying to stay sober so our Chef …

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True Valentine

Valentines’ Day is a time to turn your thoughts to love and loved ones. The card industry loves the day, as well as candy maker and jewelers. Why do we have Valentines’ Day? St. Valentine is celebrated because he took a stand that eventually cost his life. During the 260 ADs the ruling Caesar decided …

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Lincoln’s Birthday

In the “olden days” when I was in School we celebrated Lincoln and Washington’s birthday, now days we just have President’s Day. As I researched the topic of Lincoln I was surprised to find that Lincoln was not a “religious” president. Early in his life he drew away from his Calvinistic upbringing. He didn’t reject …

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Thoughts from the Schoolyard

I am blessed to speak to various middle and high schools in the area about homelessness. The students often write me notes about what they learned and how the information has affected them. I am always amazed the most of the young people have no concept of the effect of homelessness on society and their …

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Baby Shower

You are expecting a new baby, what joy. You begin planning the nursery filled with all you will need to care for the new baby. There is so much needed for such a little one…Pack-n-Play, baby swing, highchair, stroller, bouncy chair and so much more! Your mind begins to whirl as you start thinking about …

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“Feed My Sheep”

Today is National Feed the Birds Day, a day to remember to feed the birds during a time of little food. Taking care of all God’s creatures is important; after all His eye is on the sparrow. Jesus reminds us that we will always have the poor with us and it is our job to …

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Simple Math Word Problem

One homeless young mother + (her two children) + one man addicted to drugs + two single women (1 victim of domestic violence, 1 struggling with mental illness) + three veterans (1 Viet Nam, 1 Iran war, 1 Afghanistan) + 5,000 living in poverty + four families (2 downsized, 1 lacking job skills, 1 large …

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The Poverty Puzzle

When you are living in poverty it is a daily puzzle to figure out how to “make it”. According to the Federal government the poverty level is $25,000 a year for a family of 4 to live “comfortably”. Think about your family…could you live “comfortably” on that amount? In Omaha the percentage of those living …

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Pie Day

Yesterday was Pie Day, do you like pie?  Pie tends to be a “special” dessert, served on Thanksgiving and other celebrations. Most of the time we think of pie as a sweet treat, but there are savory pies. Savory pies are a great way to stretch ingredients to feed more people. Have you ever thought …

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Soup for the Body and Soul

January is National Soup Month…a great month to enjoy your favorite hot and comforting soups. Soup dates back to 6000 B.C. and was made from hippopotamus. Soup has long been considered a food with healing properties. Scientists have proven that chicken noodle soup is good for helping cure a cold. During hard time, like the …

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