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“The class of noisy boys in a German primary school was being punished by their teacher. They were assigned the problem of adding together all the numbers from 1 to 100. The boys settled down, scribbling busily on their slates — all but one. This boy looked off into space for a few moments, then…

28,000 Teddy Bears

The Calgary Hitmen, a team with the Canadian major junior ice hockey league, have what is probably one of the coolest hockey traditions. Every year in December they play a game where they have a “Teddy toss.” When the Hitmen score their first goal, everyone in the stadium begins throwing teddy bears on the ice.…

Peace, Perfect Peace

I gaze out at the soft and stillness before me. A pure white blanket stretches as far as I can see. I am comforted by the crackling of the fire, And the melodic tunes of Mozart delight my ears. New snowflakes come to rest upon the others, Each unique on their own and breathtaking together.…

The Bystander Effect

A tragic situation unfolded on the streets of Queens, New York on March 13, 1964. As she was returning home from work, Kitty Genovese was brutally stabbed outside her apartment building. Many neighbors heard her screaming out in a panic, but only one man shouted out his window, “Let that girl alone.” That was all…

The Final Breath

Darren Holt was his name. He was the preacher for the Figueroa church of Christ in Los Angeles, CA. And on Sunday, October 25, 2015, he would draw his last breath. It seemed to be just like any other day and any other sermon. As he was coming to the end of his lesson he…