Author Archives: Troy Tysdal

Into the Muck

When I was a child, about nine years old, I had a four-wheeler. It was a little blue Yamaha 80. It was small, but fast. My older brother had a slightly bigger four-wheeler, a red Honda 125. With help from our father we built a race track around our property. The track weaved around trees

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Unbreakable

The word “diamond” is derived from the ancient Greek word adámas, which means unbreakable. Diamonds are the hardest known material on the planet. They are formed deep below the earth’s surface when pockets of carbon dioxide encounter extreme heat and high pressure. These unique conditions cause the carbon atoms to bond together. Over time, something

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God is in the Storm

Recently I was given a gift, an old red leather Bible that belonged to my grandmother. Embossed on the cover were the words, “In Memory of Tammy Jo.” Tammy Jo was the youngest of my grandparents’ four children and they had lost her suddenly and unexpectedly to spinal meningitis in 1963, when she was just two

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Fight the Good Fight

In 1975 a struggling young screenwriter named Sylvester Stallone bought a ticket to a theater in Los Angeles. That evening the theater was broadcasting a boxing match between the Bayonne Brawler, Chuck Wepner, and The Greatest, Muhammad Ali. To coin an overused, and often abused, sports analogy… It was David vs. Goliath. Muhammad Ali was

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Light in the Shadow of Death

History is full of stories about men and women who have put their lives on the line for a great cause. It is widely accepted that President Lincoln anticipated his role during the Civil War would lead to his death, and yet he plodded forward believing that freedom for all was a cause worth dying

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