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A Visit to St. Nicholas

by Norman Kolenbrander St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is located above The Mystical Rose Catholic bookstore, across from Van Den Berg's Gift Shop on the busiest shopping street in my town, Pella, Iowa. It is the twenty-first century, after all, and…
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Be All That You Can Be

We want our kids to be all that they can be. We read descriptions of "tiger moms," dictating their child's every move to gain maximum results. We observe the phenomenon of "helicopter parents," constantly hovering to protect, defend, and enable…
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Opening the Door

Norman Kolenbrander I've decided it's time to "come out of the closet." No, I am not about to leave my loving wife of forty-four years for a same-sex partner. I'm coming out to stand in solidarity with gays and lesbians…