I Love to Tell This Story!

I heard that one out of every five children born into the world was Chinese. Sure enough, our fifth child was Chinese. Likewise number six. When our two Chinese daughters were young, I often told them a bedtime story, a story based on reality with a little imagination...

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A Rose Looks Gray at Midnight

Our hearts ached for this little orphan. She had been a candidate for adoption, but her papers had been returned to Beijing. She might spend the rest of her gray existence in the orphanage, and finally, on the street. It would be a short life. She needed a home, a...

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Who’s the Richest Child in the World?

The three-year-old orphan came to us with nothing but the clothes on her back and a pair of red sneakers, new but smelling strongly of mothballs. She couldn’t run away, and finally decided to trust us, reluctantly. We gave her riches beyond her wildest imagination. We...

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Lessons from a ’67 Mustang

I grew up in a Chevy family. Second-hand Chevys. When Jan and I had the opportunity to buy our first new car, I broke the pattern and decided to buy a new Ford Mustang. “Could we go look at the Chevys one more time?” my Dad pleaded. But I was hooked. And so began a...

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How to Total a Model Car.

Decker McSwine hasn't totally totalled his classic '40 Ford coupe. Not yet. He's working on it incrementally. But here's a start.         1. Put a rock or hard object into a sauce pan. Heat the water to boiling. 2. Push the car into the rock. Don't hold it there too...

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It’s a Truck! . . . It’s a Car! . . .

It’s a new 1936 Chevy that my parents received as an engagement present! That business coupe had only one seat, but when our family outgrew it, Daddy created a perch out of the package panel and an old cushion that he pushed in through the trunk. So my brother and I...

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Fifty Years Ago at This Moment

Fifty years ago today at 3:30pm CDT, Jan and I arrived in Dallas, not even knowing where to find Dallas Seminary. We took a wild guess, hung a left on Commerce Street, and ended up 2 blocks from Swiss Avenue. We met Joel Andrus, second year student, on the steps of...

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The Most Exciting Sound in the World

I disagree with George Bailey. It's not anchor chains, plane motors or train whistles. Even Uncle Billy got it wrong. It's not "breakfast is served," "lunch is served," or "dinner is served." No, "the most exciting sound in the world" is a screen door. Not a...

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