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Jim Langham

Look for a miracle PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:33 PM

By Jim Langham

Looking for a miracle? It’s been a tough week in some people’s lives that I know; in fact, unfortunately in the world that we live in, somebody is always having a variety of moods happen somewhere in the world around us.

All you have to do is walk through a 4-H fair and you realize that. Kids are jumping and embracing because they just received a grand championship trophy. But not far away, someone who worked equally as hard all year didn’t receive the recognition for their efforts as others did, so while some jump and rejoice, others hide near a quiet corner and cry their hearts out.

In hospitals, every feeling in the cycle of emotions is expressed in a short time. Someone receives tough news and sorrows in shock; someone else receives much better news than expected and is pouring forth with tears of joy. Some are coming, some are going, but all are experiencing the emotions of life that rotate in a day’s time.

The heart of a nurse PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 1:45 PM

By Jim Langham

As recently as this weekend, I visited a friend from our congregation in a local hospital. During the course of our visit and subsequent prayer, a nurse came into the room, at first was going to dismiss herself until our visit was over, but stayed and shared in the conversation by our invitation.

During her visit, he was gently questioned about his pain level, administered the meds that he needed and was given the opportunity to express any other needs at the time. But, what really impressed me was the friendly effort she made to connect with his concerns and interests and how effectively she was able to do that.

This week is suggested by area hospitals as, “National Nurses Week.” The thought of that immediately gripped my heart as I thought of all of the “compassionate nurse moments” I have witnessed over the years.

'Fly like an eagle' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 3:25 PM

By Jim Langham

Those of us who are still stuck in 1970’s popular music have no problem capturing the tune of the hit, “Fly Like an Eagle,” in our minds with the mere power of suggestion.

Saturday, April 27, that song became reality under the most unique circumstances. I was attending the dedication ceremonies at the Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva, Ind., the home of famed author, Gene Stratton-Porter, famous for such children’s books as, “The Song of the Cardinal,” “Freckles,” “The Harvester,” and “Girl of the Limberlost.”

In her books, Porter built heartwarming stories on the countryside of the late 1890’s and early 1900’s, based on birds, critters and wild flowers in a large swamp area known as, “The Limberlost,” a sister swamp across the border very similar to the Great Black Swamp of our area in northwest Ohio.

The wonder of music PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:40 PM

By Jim Langham

In the midst of the turmoil and fear of the last week, a very peaceful occasion occurred to a man who may have touched as many lives as anyone in our time, at least through the mode of music.

At age 104, George Beverly Shea, the stirring gospel singer for over 50 years in Billy Graham crusades, passed away in his home, located just one mile away from the home of his good friend, Graham, near Montreat, N.C.

Finally, in the life of this godly, humble man, the words of one of his favorite songs, “Until Then,” became reality.

“But until then, my heart will go on singing, until then, with joy I’ll carry on, until the day, my eyes behold that city, until the day God calls me home,” Graham would sing.

Blue and green do match PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:17 PM

Some of the fondest memories from childhood are centered around my father after he purchased an Argus C-3 35mm camera.

To make things even better, I was given a Brownie Starflash camera for my birthday that year. In my estimation, we made the perfect team of capturing the blended colors of nature on film.

Dad always liked matching colors in various natural settings. We took a day trip to Brown County to capture the circus-like beauty of nature’s quilt spread over the southern Indiana hillsides.

Sewing seeds for generations to come PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:21 PM

By Jim Langham

My first garden was located in the remains of what had been a small chicken yard. It was the last week of March when I was a young child and my grandmother, who lived with us, asked if I would like for her to help me put out a garden.

With the place of high esteem that gardening held in our family, I was delighted; it was a real self-esteem builder. I could hardly wait to tell neighbors in our little hamlet where drawing well water from a pump, sharing daily with neighbors and putting out a family garden was a way of life.

It was after school on a balmy afternoon. Grandma had it all set, the process and the planting. I spaded a plot in soil that housed rich manure from having housed chickens, then broke the clods down and then, with grandma’s instruction, worked up the soil until it was fine enough to plant.

It's cheaper and still works PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 2:48 PM

By Jim Langham

Years ago, an old trick of the trade passed on by my father taught me that there is always one more picture left in a camera.

I have taken more than a few pictures with my camera over the years and gradually, the points where the batteries are located have become been worn and tattered. Consequently, there is not always a good connection when I put the batteries in the camera.

So here’s how to keep it going. This is what my father told me years ago. You are to moisten the batteries before putting them in the camera. Don’t ask me what it does, but it works. It’s a good way to stretch the batteries and get at least one more picture out of a worn camera.

The next stage in aging....laundry troubles PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:33 PM

By Jim Langham

Several months ago, our washing machine took its final spin before bowing out of service to us. Just prior to that, I had made the decision to start airing out our laundry at a laundromat in Berne, Ind., where I work for the local newspaper several days a week.

The big decision came when I noticed that the steps to our basement decided to start growing and seemed taller each time I carried the clothes up and down the stairs.

So once or twice a week, I tote a garbage bag full of clothes to the car for the 38-mile drive to Berne.

One evening when I arrived home from such a task, Joyce and I decided to go out for supper. Casually, she said to me, “I'll need the laundry because the clothes I want to wear tonight are in there.”

'Personal touch' now requires keypad PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 5:12 PM


By Jim Langham

If there is anything that reminds me of my age these days, it is the sense of an "impersonal world" created by technology and the structure that accompanies all of the services available these days in the world around me.

Recently on a Saturday morning, I had a simple question about whether or not an office was open on the weekend in an area business.

I dialed the main number, at which time I was given 10 options to call in order to receive the answer to my question. In addition, number 10 gave eight other options if needed, all of which produced recordings that weren't even close to the answer I needed.

Epiphanies may cause life changes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:09 PM

By Jim Langham

Ironically, this year, the church celebration of the Feast of Epiphany actually fell on a Sunday that represents the date, Jan. 6. For many around the world, the concept of "Epiphany" adds a depth to Christmas that many of us in the United States don't fully experience.

In many places, Christmas would have just ended on Jan. 6, following a 12-day celebration that actually began on Dec. 25, known as the, "first day of Christmas." What we have come to know as, "Christmas Day," has been celebrated in many places as the initiation of a 12-day celebration of Christmas, which culminates with the opening of gifts on Jan. 6.


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