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By Edward Grinnan

Revisiting Bobby Henline

A man who used humor and faith to overcome disfiguring injuries

I'm going to have to keep this blog short today because I am out in southern California for our annual meeting of the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet.

When the Unthinkable Happens

God is not the reason for acts of terror. He is the excuse.

I am writing this on September 11 in a donut shop in Great Barrington in the rolling old hills of western Massachusetts. This, of course, is a day no one will ever forget. I was in Manhattan the morning the towers were attacked.

I could see the smoke rising downtown from the Guideposts office windows on 34th Street, and later I watched as the ash-covered survivors staggered uptown towards Grand Central Terminal, stunned but unbowed, stopping to help the weary and the shell-shocked, sharing water and cell phones, compassion overcoming panic.

So Your Dog Thinks It Can Dance?

Here's one you've got to see to believe, a dog doing the merengue!

If there is one thing about dog owners it’s that we all think our dog is the best dog in the world. And it’s true. There’s no better dog than the dog you have. (Hi, Millie!)

My life has been blessed by dogs who have made me a better, more caring and sensitive human being. There’s one thing though that a dog has never taught me to do: dance.

When Dying Is Taboo

Suicide is the loss of love, maybe even the failure of love. The person believes all love is lost, even the love of God, the greatest loss.

It’s been more than three years since my brother-in-law Mick took his life. Like Robin Williams, he was brilliant and talented. He never saw the heights of fame that Williams did, but he certainly knew the same depths, the depths of depression and addiction that so many people in this world struggle with hour by hour.  

When Compassion Rules the Day

With fear mounting around the Ebola outbreak, the virus of exclusion can be as deadly as any.

A couple of years ago I had to undergo a routine medical test that required anesthesia. The doctor who was performing the procedure was running late. I fiddled with my paper gown while the ambulatory anesthesiologist fiddled with my I.V. line.

She was a tall, young, athletic-looking woman with a spectacular tan for the middle of winter. So I asked her about it. As it turns out, she and her husband, also an ambulatory anesthesiologist, were based in Hawaii.

Chance Encounter?

When did you first discover Guideposts? For editor-in-chief Edward Grinnan, it was just in time.

I was walking up Park Avenue South towards my gym in my usual preoccupied morning fog when a voice startled me: "Edward? You write for Guideposts!"

I turned to see a well-dressed middle-aged guy coming out of a bank lobby. People don’t usually recognize me for the job I have, especially in New York, where anonymity is the norm. It took me a second to react. Then I stuck out my hand. "Yes, I’m Edward Grinnan."

A Love Like Millie's

How to help the homeless? Change them? Or change ourselves? One dog shows the way.

Millie and I detect Maurice about a hundred feet down the block. Millie’s nose rises in the hot air. Sniffing. I wish I could cover mine. Pretty soon she is pulling at her leash, tail-slapping me and dragging me over to her friend’s doorway where he is liquidly slouched.

“Millie!” he cries, arms out, speech garbled, eyes just red slits even at this time of the morning.

A Faith-Filled Response to a National Crisis

I do ask myself the question ... what would Jesus do? And I don’t think he’d be raising his middle finger or waving a gun or a misspelled sign and impeding YMCA buses.

SPOILER ALERT: This blog is about the kids, not the politics.

I feel I have to say that, because the inordinate degree of media coverage of the current crisis on our southern border has focused on things that divide us as a people, not things that unify and inspire us. 

We see gun-toting anti-immigration groups interfering with bus loads of destitute Central American children fleeing violence in their homelands and trying to enter our country without proper legal documentation.  

Midsummer Classics and Love That Never Dies

I'll be watching baseball's All-Star game with something very special by my side.

The All-Star break. I love the sound of it. Other professional team sports have their all-star games (generally boring) but nothing compares to the romance and excitement of Major League Baseball’s midsummer classic.

For me, it is the high-water mark of summer. I vote online and try to be as objective as a Yankees fan can be. Then I sit back and wait for the game. This year I’ll watch with something quite special at my side. More on that in a sec.

Soccer Is Boring

Once again this World Cup I have tried to get excited about soccer (don't call it football). I still prefer to watch paint dry.

I’ve tried to like it. I’ve pretended to like it.

Edward Grinnan is Editor-in-Chief and Vice President of Guideposts Publications. Edward lives in New York City with two blondes—his wife, Julee, and Golden Retriever, Millie, who has been featured in his blog and popular videos. Edward loves cycling, hiking with Millie at his house in the Berkshire Hills and Wolverines that hail from Michigan.

If you need a little boost of inspiration, pick up a copy of Edward's book The Promise of Hope: How True Stories of Hope and Inspiration Saved My Life and How They Can Transform Yours.

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