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Narrow Roads | June 2017

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I don’t recall her name and her face is somewhat of a blur after so many years, but I don’t think I’ll ever forget what she did. It was a warm summer evening in Hempstead. We had just unloaded the van of food and drinks and neatly arranged the boxes and crates along the back of the building. The alley was filled with people standing in line, hoping to receive a hot meal and a bag of groceries. Our biggest concern; did we have enough hot meals?  (Continue Reading)

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Narrow Roads May 2017

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I received one of those forwarded e-mails the other day.  The kind that is meant to bring a tear to your eye, just before you’re challenged to forward it to 10 people.  None-the-less, the story was inspiring so I took the time to research it to find out if it was true, or simply a fabrication.  The story is called “The History of the 57 Cents” and it is true although the e-mail version as expected has been embellished.  (Continue Reading)

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Narrow Roads April 2017

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I heard a very cool story the other day about a horse named Sleepy Tom.  Sleepy Tom lived in Ohio back in the late 1800’s.  He was what was commonly referred to in the day as a scrub horse.  The type of horse that is used to pull carts or do menial labor.  Today, he would be called a hack, or trail horse.  That was not always Tom’s destiny.  Tom had been sired from good racing stock. There had at one time been high hopes that he would become a great harness racer like his parents.  But Tom fell prey to poor training and several bad owners.  Though he did race, he showed poorly and after a bout of illness it was determined that he would never amount to anything in the racing world.  He was sold to an abusive owner and was consigned to live out his life pulling a cart, as a common workhorse.  (Continue Reading)

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Unopened Letters

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Unopened Letters

Mr. Elijah was about sixty-five years old when he killed himself. He simply got up one morning, neatly laid his slippers on the window ledge and jumped 30 stories to his death. Everyone in the neighborhood talked about it, and the obvious conclusion was that he just couldn’t take it anymore. His wife had died of cancer years before and they had no children, so he lived alone. (Continue Reading)

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Time to Reflect

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Time to reflect:

A buddy of mine shot me a text the other day.  We haven’t spoken in some time, it was nice of him to reach out, just to see how my family and I are doing.  In the course of our conversation he mentioned that he has enjoyed spending time with his daughter who is home from school on Winter break.  I replied that he was fortunate to have his daughter home for so long, because my daughter had a very short break and had already returned to school.  It was then that he told me that the family had been watching old movies from when their children were little.  He said: “it makes you really reflect.  Can’t believe how time flies….” (Continue Reading)

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Good Vs. Evil

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Let me ask you a question. Human beings. Are we inherently good, or are we inherently bad?  Most people will argue that man is inherently good and that the corrupting influence of society causes men to do evil things. But I have found the opposite to be true. I believe and am convinced that man is inherently bad and it’s only a matter of God’s grace and a healthy fear of the law that prevents men from being far worse.  (Continue Reading)

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Mr. Crawford

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Just a Janitor?

I was speaking with a good friend over lunch the other day when he began to share his frustration at having to deal with pretentious people in his line of work.  As he put it, many of the people that he deals with are primarily concerned with prestige and unabashed promotion of their personal accomplishments. Often, he observed, those accomplishments come at the cost of personal integrity and therefore are nothing to be proud of. For my friend, who is a far more humble man, this has become a cause of frustration and anxiety. (Continue Reading)

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Six things the Lord Hates

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Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadAs we trudge through the mire of this presidential election, I am once again reminded of a biblical proverb. “These six things the Lord hates; Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him: 

A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others],

A lying tongue

Hands that shed innocent blood 

A heart that creates wicked plans

Feet that run swiftly to evil 

A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths]

And one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.” (Continue Reading)

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Pride

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Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadPride goes before a fall…

Have you heard that saying before?  I imagine that you have.  You might be surprised to learn that the saying is a quote from the book of Proverbs in the Bible and the actual verse is: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”  This very wise saying as been proven over and over again throughout human history, beginning in the Garden of Eden.  Adam and Eve were reported to have succumbed to the temptation of pride when they were tempted by the Devil to eat the fruit off the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  (Continue Reading)

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Words Hurt

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In the biblical book of James, chapter three, James provides the reader with a short commentary on the human tongue, its inherent power and the responsibility each of us has to control our speech.  “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.  Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.” Although small in size, the bit is used to control a very large and powerful animal.  Similarly, the relatively small rudder of a large ship is used to direct its path.  James reminds us that it is possible for something very small to wield great power for either good or for evil.  (Continue Reading)

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Narrow Roads | Civil War | August 2016

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A CIVIL WAR

Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadIt was late June 1865.  The Civil war between the states had ended only two months earlier.  For just under 4 years, the Northern and Southern states had fought a vicious war of attrition that left many a dinner table lacking a father or son or uncle or brother.  But now the war was over and the warmth and beauty of an early summer day in Richmond, Virginia held great promise for healing and the rebirth of a nation. (Continue Reading)

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In Attentional Blindness

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George_Tranos_Outside_EdgeIn Attentional Blindness

By George Tranos

If you’re a regular rider (or driver for that matter), it’s obvious that other drivers just don’t see motorcycles. Here in the northeastern United States, motorcycles make up a very small percentage of the overall number of vehicles on the road. Even during the height of riding season, drivers are just not used to seeing bikes. They are conditioned to see and avoid larger vehicles like other cars, buses and trucks. Motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians do not normally pose a threat to car drivers and as a result they don’t look for them. (Continue Reading)

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The Buzzard, The Bee, and The Bat

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Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadI recently ran across the following short essay and thought it was worth sharing.

If you put a buzzard in a pen six or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of his ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of ten or twelve feet. Without space to run, as is his habit, he will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top. (Continue Reading)

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Alfred Bernhard Nobel

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Alfred Bernhard Nobel

Bob_Anton_Narrow_Road Imagine that you could see your life through the eyes of others. Imagine you could know how you will be remembered when you’re gone.  Would you want to know?  Well, just such a thing happened to an extremely wealthy businessman by the name of Alfred Bernhard Nobel. Alfred was a chemist and inventor. His primary field of expertise was explosives; high explosives. Up until 1847 black powder was the most powerful explosive known to man.  (Continue Reading)

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The Narrow Road May 2016

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Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadIt’s been said that Political Correctness is ruining America.  I wholeheartedly agree.  It is both common sense, as well as common courtesy that a person should measure one’s words in order to avoid unnecessarily giving offense to another.  The key word being ‘unnecessarily’.  However, when the cultural climate has reached a point where virtually any statement that does not conform to that climate is deemed offensive, we have gone off the deep end.  What P.C. has done to America is stifle discussion and debate and that, is a recipe for totalitarianism.  (Continue Reading)

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Narrow Roads April 2016

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Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadI hope that you will excuse me, but I don’t have a ‘spiritual’ article for you this month. I’m not feeling particularly spiritual right now. In fact, I’m feeling pretty down from a combination of Long Island Winter and a country that has become ideologically black and white or red and blue if you prefer. For some reason, reason and compromise has gone out the window and ideological purity is everything. But I digress. What’s pushed me over the edge this week is an article that I recently read about a middle aged Florida woman and her 6’ pet alligator named Rambo. Rambo was the only survivor of 5 alligators adopted by Mary Thorn of Lakeland Florida, as part of an animal rescue. Miss Thorn, who studied Animal Science/Behavior at Poke College, has legally owned her pet alligator for 11 years. (Continue Reading)

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Family vs. Corporation

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Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadBack in 2005, the CEO of a very large conglomerate, was indicted for stealing tens of millions of dollars from that corporation. At the time, I took special interest in the case because I had personally invested in that corporation. I had invested because it was a solid growing corporation which showed promise of significant future growth. (Continue Reading)

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Riddles

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Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadRiddles have always intrigued me. Lewis Caroll’s “How is a raven like a writing desk?” is one of my favorites. This month, I would like to pose a riddle to you. How are red light cameras like the Ten Commandments?
There are few things Long Islanders can agree to hate more than red light cameras. Those annoying one flash bandits, that in a blink of an eye rob us of our hard earned cash. And adding insult to injury they provide us with a picture of our car, our license plate and a mug shot just in case we thought we could argue our innocence. (Continue Reading)

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Narrow Roads 1-16

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Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadThirty years ago, I quit my job at Fairchild Republic and began to work with my dad, who had only months earlier started a marine construction company. I had learned at Fairchild that sitting behind a desk was not for me. I needed to be out and about, working with my hands. Working on the water was even better, but just two years later, my dad was gone and I was on my own. (Continue Reading)

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SS Meredith

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The SS Meredith Victory Christmas Miracle.

As the adage goes; “to the victor goes the spoils” and so it was with regard to the United States and the USSR. Following the surrender of Japan, in August of 1945, the Korean Peninsula which had previously been under the control of Imperial Japan, was divided in two along the 38th parallel. The north was held by the Soviets and the south by the United States. By the end of the decade, two new nations had formed, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the north and the Republic of Korea in the south. (Continue Reading)

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