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[17 Sep 2014]
Reflection and Ethics at the Hardware Store

By Doug Wysockey-Johnson I had one of those small yet big moments at the hardware store the other day. The story is too long to tell in detail, but the synopsis is this: A week previous I had been in to purchase fencing for the backyard. Due to the cashier’s error, and unknown to me at the time, I underpaid. (He rang me up for the one roll of fencing I brought to the counter, not the 2 rolls I told him I was taking.) Now it was a week later. I was back, and as a new cashier gave me the price, I realized the error. So there was this moment, just seconds really, where a decision-making process was unfolding internally. My first reaction was to let the whole thing slide. “Their mistake was a few days ago…..they have no idea…….I’m not positive what happened……no harm no foul…..etc. etc.” I was ...

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[2 Sep 2014]
Prayer for Muddling Along

by Angier Brock Recently, in a moment some might call insanity or hubris but which may also have been an act of faith, I agreed to make a box cushion seat cover, complete with piping, to help a friend who was re-upholstering a small sofa. I do not sew very much. In fact, I have had an uneasy relationship with sewing machines for most of the five and a half decades since I first learned to use an old treadle Singer in home economics class. (For the record, I was in the seventh grade—pretty much the worst year of my then-young life). Sewing machines themselves have certainly come a long way since 1959. The one I am currently using, borrowed from my granddaughter who is now the age I was then, is a super duper amazing digital model. After several hours with the owner’s manual, I figured out how to thread it ...

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