Uncle Rick – The Family Storyteller

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Uncle Rick’s Puppy Pics

Hey, little buddies! We have new puppies at my house! Can you guess what they look like? This is their daddy. His name is Mosby. Mosby is a yellow Labrador Retriever. His coat is a very light yellow. This is their Mom. Her name is Abigail Adams. She is a Bloodhound and her coat is black and tan. Who would you guess the puppies would look like-Mosby or Abigail? Here are the puppies: Huh? The

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A Cold, Wet Lesson

A Cold, Wet Lesson

Long ago when I was young, I used to dream of living in a log cabin on a farm in the hills. I had grown up in the suburbs and I thought it was boring. School was boring too. I wanted to live far out in the country where nobody would bother me. I didn’t want to do boring school work anymore. I wanted to hunt and fish and swim and explore caves—whenever I wanted

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Choose Your Friends Wisely

Choose Your Friends Wisely

Hey, little buddies! “Like a trampled spring and a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.”  That’s Proverbs 25:26 and it contains a principle that I hope you’ll pay careful attention to. Have you ever drunk from a spring?  I have many times.  Once when I was a boy I visited in the home of some people who had no well and who lived out in the country where there

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Don’t Harden Your Neck

Don't Harden Your Neck

Don’t Harden Your Neck Hey, little buddies! Proverbs 29:1 says, “A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.”  A hard neck is talking about a  horse that doesn’t want to obey the rider.  When the rider pulls on the reins to slow the horse down or turn him in another direction, the horse makes his neck stiff so the rider can’t control him and he can go on

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Honor the Elderly

Honor the Elderly

Honor the Elderly Hey, little buddies! A few days ago, a friend of our family went to heaven. His name was Charlie Reed and he was 93 years old.  Mr. Reed was a soldier in World War II.  That’s a long time ago now, but there are still some old soldiers living who fought for our freedom in that awful war. One of my daughters was a special friend of Mr. Reed.  She named her

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We Are Not in This Race Alone!

We Are Not in This Race Alone!

We Are Not in this Race Alone! Hey, little buddies! It was beautiful out this morning, so when I got to the farm I was looking forward to giving Major, Daisy and Mosby a nice run behind the truck.  That’s a ritual we enjoy together almost every day that the ground is dry enough to drive on.  We usually go a mile or two on the gravel roads here at Mr. Titus’ place and we

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God Made You Just the Way You Are!

God Made You Just the Way You Are!

Have you ever felt inferior? Have you ever felt bad because your brother or your sister or your friend could do certain things better than you? I used to. When I was a boy I had a terrible feeling of inferiority. My older brother was good at sports and smart in school. I was not very good in sports and hated school. I was also small for my age, so I got picked on a

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A Fast Run And A Sudden Stop

A Fast Run And A Sudden Stop

One day when I was a boy, I walked over to the home of my friend, Butch.  I had my dog, Spike on a leash and he walked with me.  I knocked on the door, but no one answered.  So Spike and I turned around to start the half-mile trip back home.  We left Butch’s yard and walked back toward the barn where his horses and sheep lived.  There was a place in the back fence where we

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The Black-Robed Regiment

The Black-Robed Regiment

Hey, little buddies! I love stories about the Revolutionary War.  There’s so much excitement and so many stories of heroism!  It’s inspiring.  And oh, so many great men and women to admire.  Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Nathan Hale—and so many more. One hero of the War of Independence was not a general on the battlefield, but a preacher.  In fact, a lot of the preachers of that day were heroes.  Despite the anger of the King,

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Be a Strong and Loyal Patriot

Be a Strong and Loyal Patriot

Hey, little buddies! One of my favorite quotes comes from Patrick Henry’s famous speech when he said, “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” When I was a boy, we heard speeches like that quoted a lot.  We read about

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