Author Archives: Dr. Steve Martin

How About an Apology?

Listen to this letter of apology: Dear Dog,I am so sorry about you being sent to the dog pound for the broken lamp which you did not break; the fish you did not spill; and the carpet that you did … Continue reading

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Give Me Hope and Courage

Many years ago I found a short story about Mahatma Gandhi that I have gone back to several times. It has given me hope and courage. Even if you are not one to pray, I think you will discover that … Continue reading

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Dancing in the Rain

 “The pharmacist just insulted me,” a woman sobbed to her irate husband. He snatched the phone from her hand. “I’m sorry to upset her,” the pharmacist said, “but put yourself in my shoes. First, my alarm didn’t go off and … Continue reading

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Write That Letter

When William Stidger taught at Boston University, he once reflected upon the great number of un-thanked people in his life. Those who had helped nurture him, inspire him or who cared enough about him to leave a lasting impression. One … Continue reading

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Earth’s Crammed With Heaven

I ran across this story told by a first time Girl Scout leader about a camp out with her new troop. She related this story: I stumbled out the door of a mountain cabin where I was spending the weekend … Continue reading

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Becoming a Happier Person

A man lay in a hospital bed worried about whether he would live or die. He called his pastor to come pray for him. He told her that if he got well, he’d donate $20,000 to the church. The pastor … Continue reading

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Did You Get That Word Right?

I heard a funny story of an ancient monastery charged with copying old books and scrolls for the faith. One day, Father Florian, who headed the work of the scriptorium, was asked by a new monk: “Does not the copying … Continue reading

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Having a Good Vision

Did you know that the English word “thanks” comes from the same root word as “think”? And they not only share a similar background, they are related in another way. It seems the more we think, the more we thank. … Continue reading

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How Happy Are We?

Do you remember the story of the two men who were walking through a pasture and spotted an enraged bull? They instantly darted toward the nearest fence. The storming bull followed in hot pursuit and it was soon apparent they … Continue reading

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Mean as a Rattlesnake – War Stories

For many soldiers, the war didn’t end when World War II was declared over. There was still the imagery of what they had seen and what they had done to stay alive. They had had to survive in a foreign … Continue reading

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