An Out-Of-This-World Trip

LightGramsFebruary 25, 2021Volume 25, Number 8 Hayley Arceneaux is someone you may be hearing about in the months to come. The 29-year-old physician’s assistant is employed at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Ironically she was also a patient there when she was a child; today she is among the growing ranks of…

Patterns Of Footprints

LightGrams February 18, 2021 Volume 25, Number 7 An interesting story came from Helsinki, Finland a few days ago. 11 volunteers under the guidance of amateur artist Janne Pyykko strapped on their snowshoes at a snow-covered golf course. Over the next two days they walked according to a planned route – but never left the…

Trading Up

LightGrams February 11, 2021 Volume 25, Number 6 Jack was told to sell the family cow in order to buy much-needed food. Along the way a stranger offered to trade the cow for some magical beans. You know the story. Demi Skipper, who lives in San Francisco, claims she has pulled a similar trick: she…

Sniffing Out The Truth

LightGrams February 4, 2021 Volume 25, Number 5 Bloodhounds are legendary for staying on the trail of someone authorities are searching for. Give the dog a whiff of the person’s clothing and they’ll usually track them down. Today other species of dogs are being employed to sniff out COVID-19. In Germany a Belgian Shepherd and…

Serving Up Revenge

LightGrams January 28, 2021 Volume 25, Number 4 An old adage advises that “Vengeance is a dish that is best served cold.” The idea is that a person should wait for a time before taking revenge for some injury or injustice. In that way you’ll have more time to perfect your plan to get even.…

A Catch Too Big

LightGrams January 21, 2021 Volume 25, Number 3 You may be familiar with the idiom, “I’ve got a tiger by the tail.” It’s not hard to figure out what it means: if you happen to latch onto a tiger’s tail, what do you do next? If you let go, it will turn on you and…

Hitting The Mark

LightGrams January 14, 2021 Volume 25, Number 2 A bow hunter in Jackson County, Kansas came upon a dilemma last week: two male deer had their antlers locked together, and could not free themselves. It was a sad sight, and the hunter knew a painful drawn-out death was the ultimate outcome without outside assistance. He…

A Humane Society

LightGrams December 31, 2020 Volume 24, Number 47 Over the last several days I’ve noticed ads on television showing scenes of abused and neglected animals. The purpose is to reach people who are looking to make end-of-year tax deductible gifts. I’ll have to admit that the sight of a shivering or chained do tweaks my…

Vials Of Life

LightGrams December 17, 2020 Volume 24, Number 46 Sunday, December 13, 2020 was a long-anticipated day. Truckloads of COVID-19 vaccines rolled out of the Pfizer plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, headed for various destinations throughout the country. Overseeing the transport of these cases of vials were agents of the U.S. Marshals Service. It’s not hard to…

The Five Percent Solution

LightGrams December 10, 2020 Volume 24, Number 45 The hopes of hundreds of millions of people was lifted a few days ago when two different pharmaceutical companies announced they were ready to submit their vaccines for approval. The COVID-19 pandemic has dropped a heavy fog on our lives all year, and we so much want…