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Thanks to All Who Kept So Many Warm This Winter

With warm days finally upon us we haven’t forgotten all the wonderful families we served this winter for heating assistance and all who helped us keeping so many warm. We are still compiling the total numbers of all our families assisted with heating and utilities for the winter but we do know that through our heating programs, we served nearly 12,000 families with nearly three quarters of a million dollars from the beginning of November through the end of March. … Continue reading

A Remarkable Mind

On April 29, 1962 at a dinner honoring the the Nobel Prize winners of the western hemisphere, President John F. Kennedy remarked, “I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” This past Saturday,, we celebrated Thomas Jefferson’s 274th birthday. He was born … Continue reading

Epilogue – Remembering Larry Norman

“What a mess this world is in, I wonder who began it? Don’t ask me I’m only visiting this planet.” It has been nine years since Larry Norman passed away. This past Saturday he would have celebrated his 70th birthdayFew have helped shape my thoughts and overall view of the world as Larry Norman. I had written a few years ago that I have found myself living in two different worlds. The first is where I spend the greater portion … Continue reading

Someone Who Understands

It is amazing how an act of  kindness can touch a heart and change the lives of not only the ones you receive it but the ones who give it as well. No matter how old we may be or who we are an act of kindness no matter how small we think our act may be it has the power that can very well be felt around the world. As author Mark taw in wrote “Kindness  is a language … Continue reading

April Fools

This Saturday is April 1st, or as most of us know it as April Fool’s Day. And as silly as this unofficial holiday may seem in comparison to so many others, it’s origins and traditions are no less fascinating. While the origins of April Fools’ Day are sketchy at best, one of the more popular theories dates back to the 16th century. Prior to 1582, the new year began on April 1. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new … Continue reading

There Are Only So Many Tomorrows

This past month I lost two wonderful friends. They were loved by those who knew them and their lives touched countless others. In thinking of my friends I thought it might be appropriate to reprint some thoughts I wrote a year and a half ago. So for now, my friends, I hope you know how much you meant to so many and that in this life I have been so blessed to know you. Here is my epilogue from August … Continue reading

Aye and Begorrah

This Friday we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and in honor of all of our friends of Irish decent (and those who wish they were) here are a few facts about St. Patrick’s Day we thought you might enjoy. St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration … Continue reading

With A Greateful Heart

From time to time we receive kind words of thanks from the families we are privileged to serve. We thought you might like to read a few of them this week. On several occasions I have come to Eblen Charities seeking aid. My requests for help have always been handled in a courteous and efficient manner. Other organizations could learn a thing from Eblen. Our community is fortunate to have your help during a time of need. Thank you from … Continue reading

Looking at Lincoln

“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right … Continue reading

The Poverty of the Heart Revisited

A few weeks ago a friend of mine died. I didn’t see him much these past years, but we knew each other in high school and I would see him from time to time in the lobby at Eblen needing some assistance as his health had been failing for sometime and his life had been a struggle for some time. But in thinking about him these past weeks and through all the difficulties he faced I don’t think I ever … Continue reading