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Author: Stan Balcom

Thankful For Trumpets

I am expressing deep thanks for Pachelbel’s.  Chances are good you’ve heard it.  It’s soft and has that generic, classical music quality that makes it popular at weddings.  In fact, it may have been written specifically for that purpose.  There are many arrangements.  The string version, with violins …

Running Shoe Reviews

These days, when it comes to running shoes, I’m clueless.  Normally, when I am struggling to find direction, I pray.  Unfortunately, I can’t quite bring myself to pray about running shoes when there are nuclear wars threatening and natural disasters ruining people’s lives if not taking them.  How …

Cure for an Anger Problem

“The Anger monkey, it was believed, spit pheromones like a cobra spit venom. The monkey’s spit didn’t poison their victims but triggered anger responses instead. Recently, however, tests on the flying primate’s secretions showed nothing in them that would cause an anger response. It’s the fear they inspire that …

#Throwback Thursday Writing Challenge

  One of my half-sisters sent me a set of family photos and these were among them.  It took me a while to realize they make a sequence.  While I do not remember them being taken, I do remember the place.   My grandmother Balcom’s (Mildred) house in Margaretville, …

View into God’s Graces

In the 1980s, I spent the lesser part of 5 years in Africa, most of that in Ghana.  During my stay, I had many God moments.  Some literally saved my life but all of them eventually saved my soul.  God showed me, through trial, beauty and awe what …

Graceful Swimming

Of the three triathlon sports swimming is the hardest because it requires grace.   I talking about grace as in body control.  The mind is in complete control of every body part, adjusting angles here, constantly trimming the feet, toes, hands, fingers, forearms to provide efficient application of power …