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Business & God & Cheesecake

Charlie Lubin made a really good cheesecake. In fact, it was so good he opened a cheesecake store on the north side of Chicago. His business was prosperous, so he opened a second store in South Chicago. That store didn’t do as well and he lost both stores as a result. Charlie sat in his…

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I Can’t Just Sit By and Do Nothing

From a CLC Graduate: Tim’s story is like a lot of homeless men. He had a good job, working for 25 years as a boat mechanic but he always drank. He knew it was a problem and got sober for 11 years. After a personal tragedy, he started drinking again and got lost in the booze.…

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Small Things Are Big Things

The year was 1928. The place was a one-room school house in rural Kansas. The time was the day before Thanksgiving. The kind, middle-aged teacher asked her 25 students to name things for which they were thankful. She received 25 different responses, most of them centered on toys or other gifts, but the most profound…

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Batter Up! Overcoming Fear

Tucson, Arizona was my childhood home. Tucson was a great place for a kid, especially one with lots of energy and imagination. I remember riding my bike through the arroyos (waterways that funnel rain – yes it rains in Arizona!), spending week­ends hunting for prairie dogs (rodents) and fishing in the man-made pond at the…

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