Exploding Billiard Balls

In the 1860’s a man by the name of John Wesley Hyatt began experimenting with a chemical compound known as cellulose nitrate.  His goal was to come up with a substitute for the ivory that was used in billiard balls.  Not only would this save quite a few elephants, but there was a $10,000 prize on the table as well.  Hyatt succeeded (although he never did receive the prize money) and began producing a substance known as celluloid. You’ve probably heard of celluloid before if you ...
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Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?

By Elana B The title of this post is one of my favorite hymns (text and music by Will L. Thompson 1847-1909), and I had the privilege of knowing a man who embodied this ideal—he sought the good in everything and everyone. He was doing good by finding it, looking for the good in everyone he met.  And no surprise—he always found it!  Not only was he positive about people—I never heard Martin say anything bad about anyone (and his wife, Gladys, confirmed that behind-closed-doors he was no differen...
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Why Stay Chaste?

By Lori F. Do you wonder if chastity is still important, or if we have outgrown it as a culture? After all, there are other Biblical teachings that have largely gone by the wayside--most of us don’t limit the number of steps we take on the Sabbath, nor do we sacrifice animals. We can see how the seventh commandment (prohibiting sexual intimacy between people not married to each other), was important for its time. But what if the reasons behind it are no longer relevant? I think we make a m...
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Chastity, What a Quaint Idea!

By Robert P The idea of chastity - how quaint. Or is it? At this point I have lived through two major sexual revolutions. The first was in the 1970s, when the pill lowered the risk of pregnancy. Not being particularly religious at the time, I bought into the notion that this was an acceptable idea and experimented. Afterward, I felt no abiding sense of emotional fulfillment or pleasure or much of anything. However, to my dismay, I felt even more lonely and depressed than I had felt before;...
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Is There a Cry Room Anywhere?

I grew up practicing a different faith. As a teenager, I remember looking up at the back of the chapel and seeing a cry room on the upper level, with a large, plate-glass window. When you brought a baby or toddler to church, one not old enough to attend Sunday School or Nursery during the main church meeting, you took your baby and or toddlers to this room. You could hear the sermon and other parts of the service through a speaker system, but no one could hear you or your little ones. I also...
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How Can We Mend Broken Relationships?

By Allyson R My relationship with my dad has never been strong. We’ve lived in different states since I was a baby. We don’t know each other very well because I only go to visit once every one or two years due to the divorce that my parent’s had when I was young. My father called on holidays and I felt obligated to call on his birthday. I would receive an annual birthday card and that would essentially be the only mail I would see for another year. We’ve never known about each other’s tal...
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