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Be Somebody
Sunday, October 11, 2020
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 While scrolling through Facebook today I noticed that October is "Anti-Bullying Month." I was bullied a lot until a friend came to my rescue. Here is the story I wrote about the influence that friend had on my life. 45-Love          To say I was an unhappy teenager when I was growing up would be an understatement.  I have struggled with obesity all my life, so I was the typical bullied fat kid in high school.  I tried to play sports; after all, I weighed close to 250 pounds, making me a perfect candidate for a tackle on the football team.  The only problem was, I couldn’t tackle anyone.  All I could do was get ...

A Dream Come True
Sunday, September 13, 2020
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Have you ever had a vision for something that took decades to realize? Let me share a story with you that I wrote in 2007.My Santa HouseHave you ever wondered what Santa’s house looks like? I can just imagine how it must be. Part of the fun I have as Santa Claus has evolved as I have tried to create my own interpretation of Santa’s house.It all started innocently enough when I began collecting Santa Claus memorabilia because of my admiration of the gift-giver from the North Pole. Then, a number of artists began asking me to pose for paintings they wished to create of Santa Claus. Of course, being an art dealer and collector myself, I wanted examples of those paintings and even ...

What Would Santa Do?
Friday, July 24, 2020
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I remember a saying that was popular several years ago; "What would Jesus Do?" As a Christian, I would often ask myself that question when I was trying to make an important decision, and I even had some elastic bracelets with those words on them that I would wear from time to time. The problem was that I often knew in my heart what the answer to the question was, and sometimes found it hard to follow His example.Right after the tragedy that occurred in the United States on 9/11, a dear friend of mine, artist Ralph J. McDonald created this painting of me. The painting, titled "The Gift of Freedom," contained several images relating to America and the tragic event, along with a New York Fire ...

My Christmas Visitation
Friday, February 07, 2020
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My Christmas Visitation            Most of you know my story about how I became Santa Claus. If you will allow me to retell the story, I will let you share in a special moment I had this past season.            My father, who was also my best friend growing up, loved Christmas. He would decorate our little house early in the season and would invite a professional photographer to take a photo of my brother and me in front of our fireplace. Our stockings that my mother had made for us would be “hung by the chimney with care” and a plastic molded light-up Santa Claus would ...

The Misadventures of Captain Z
Friday, May 10, 2019
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The Misadventures of “Captain Z.”            One of my closest and dearest friends is Dr. David Zaritsky. We worship together at the same church and have been friends for over twenty-five years. After God miraculously healed David from a horrible automobile accident resulting in a broken back a couple of decades ago that required David to give up his radiology practice, he has taken upon himself the role of praying for the healing of other people. His reputation in that spiritual endeavor has taken him all over the world where he specializes in medically document healings that have taken ...