Andrew Palmquist

February is often referred to as the “Month of Love” – a month filled with red roses, boxed chocolates, special Valentine’s dinners, and don’t forget Cupid, with his quiver of arrows. And while all of these things are associated with love, do they really express true love? They might … but then...
This certainly is a joyous season! Christmas music fills the air. Christmas greetings arrive from distant friends. Families gather joyfully around the Christmas dinner. Children try unsuccessfully to contain their excitement as Christmas draws near. What is a “Merry Christmas,” anyway? To some, a...
“The lake (Superior), it is said, never gives up her dead … when the gales of November come early.” And so goes the story of “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” This is probably the most recognized ship disaster of the Great Lakes, due in large part to Gordon Lightfoot’s 1975 ballad of the same...
“My soul finds rest in God alone. My salvation is from him.”  (Psalm 62:1)   In the 1970s the Florida Department of Tourism ran a series of TV commercials that tried to convince people to make the “Sunshine State” a vacation destination. The commercials depicted people in various everyday scenes of...
On the Fourth of July we celebrate Independence Day, the birth of our nation —“the land of the free and the home of the brave!” For many Americans, the Fourth of July provides an opportunity to watch parades and fireworks, hear “The The Star Spangled Banner,” and enjoy grilling out and spending...
As Thanksgiving approaches and especially on the Day, individuals and families often reflect on what they have to be thankful for over the past year. Many families have had significant events taking place. A young (or older!) couple getting married. A little baby is born. A new addition to the...
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:6)          These past few months have been a very trying time for our nation and the world. The coronavirus has had millions of people sheltering in place by order of local, state and federal governments. “We have to...
August is here. It can be hot. “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do. How come we never do anything fun?” Maybe that’s what we hear after we got back from vacation and broke the bank to go to the amusement park. Maybe the kids had a meltdown with the Mickey ears on, right there in the midway. We were...
If only I could be clean! Are you familiar with Lady Macbeth?  She is one of the main characters in William Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Macbeth.” Desiring to be “Queen Macbeth,” she becomes obsessed with gaining power. She connives and sets things up so that there would be opportunity to get rid of...
A journalist was on assignment in a Third World country. Walking the city streets, he struck up a conversation with a young boy. The boy had no home, no family. He lived day to day. His shelter was a cardboard box. As the journalist asked his age and found out that his birthday was the next day,...

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