Category: Sunday Sneak Peak

Juneteenth

Flood Family, This past Wednesday, America celebrated Juneteenth – the day that commemorates that on June 19, 1865, the abolition of slavery was announced in Texas. Because Texas was the most remote of the slave states, the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, was not enforced there until after the Confederacy was defeated. It grieves...

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Ex-Patria

Flood Family, When I was in Malawi in 2015 as a part of a SALT trip, I was surprised to see many expats from several Western countries who were members of Flood Malawi. I mean, I see the attraction – it’s a beautiful country filled with the kindest people you will ever meet. It’s known...

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The Money Pit

Flood Family, One of the first movies I remember watching was 1986’s “The Money Pit” starring America’s Sweetheart, Tom Hanks. It’s a classic comedy of errors, in which a couple on a tight budget buy a home they’re led to believe is steal of a deal – and turns out to be a disaster waiting...

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T/F

Flood Family, True and false tests ought to be easy, right? A statement is either true, or it isn’t. Yet one quick glance at the political climate of our country reveals that virtually every statement has layers to it, and all of varying degrees of truth or falsity. How can we know for certain what...

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Stay on the Trail

Flood Family, Hiking is virtually the state sport of Oregon. Growing up there, I learned a lot about trail etiquette (fyi, hikers going uphill always have the right of way). I also learned some less tangible wisdom from the miles and miles of trails I’ve traversed – chiefly, the harder and narrower the trail, the...

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Friend Like Me

Flood Family, Between November 1992 – June 1994, I wore out the cassette tape of Disney’s animated feature film, Aladdin. I knew every song and would sing (loudly and off-key) every word, including both parts of the duets. One of my favorites, of course, was “Friend Like Me” – the genie’s debut song, performed by...

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This is Jeopardy!

Flood Family, Since April 4, James Holzhauer has become a Jeopardy sensation and a household name. His strategy and seemingly bottomless wealth of knowledge is a thing of wonder – he’s like a human version of Wikipedia. As a curator of trivial information, I love watching Jeopardy. Recently, however, I was talking with a friend...

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5 Minutes or Less

Flood Family, A little while ago, I learned an amazing bit of etiquette that I now pass on to you: if you notice something about someone that would take five minutes or less to fix (like they have food in their teeth, or their fly is down) it is kind and helpful to gently and...

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Silver and Gold

Flood Family, “Treat others how you want to be treated.” This is, of course, the Golden Rule. We all have interpretations of what it means. Kindness. Thoughtfulness. Generosity. However in practice, we actually tend to live out the lesser known “Silver Rule,” which means don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to you....

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Coming Soon

Flood Family, In the world of scary movies, none transmit pure, unadulterated fear quite like the 1975 classic, Jaws. You might even have that famously simple, famously sinister two-note theme song in your head right now. What is it about Jaws that is so unnerving? It’s because we hardly see the monster – we just...

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