Small Town Graces: Selections from the Moundville Times, 1992 2002

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There is an old yarn about a stranger passing through a small town. The stranger stopped for gas and a soft drink at a service station. Seeing an old timer seated on a bench, the stranger decided to engage the man in a conversation. "Have you lived here all your life?" he asked. Reflecting on the question for a moment, the old timer responded, "Not yet."

Just like the old-timer in the preceding story, we too need to reflect on the things that matter the most in our lives so that we can joyfully say "Not yet." Each story in this collection will help the reader reflect on the graces that many of us feel are in short supply in our hurried, fast-paced lives. These graces, though difficult to describe or define, show us that the simple things are often most profound and are at the center of our lives in our best moments. In Small Town Graces, Dr. Chapman shares some of these graces which have come to him over the years.

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The Choice
1
The Tondelayo
3
Living Example
4
Bobby Jones
5
Determination
6
Harriet Tubman
7
One More Round
9
Judge Wearing
10
Whats Really Important
111
Just a Little Bread
112
An Act Of Kindness
113
Compassion Is In the Eyes
114
Two Frogs In Cream
116
No Time To Hesitate
117
Persevering To Make History
118
In the Test Kitchen of Life
119

Bea Salazar
12
The Ugliest Man
13
Top Ten Failures
14
The Mad Man and the Law
16
Kindness Returns
19
Blind Ambition
20
A Good Place to Live
22
A Mighty Tree
24
Thinking and Doing
25
The Power Of Empathy
26
In a Hurry
27
Keep Your Shirt On
28
We Take Our Attitude With Us
29
Powerful Words
31
No Easy Degree
32
Hard Work
33
The Missing Shovel
34
Simple Solutions
35
The Gift Of Service
36
The Right Thing
37
Schwarzkopf
38
Righteous Among the Nations
40
Rickenbacker
42
Everybody is a Part of the Big Picture
44
Chariots Of Fire
46
Richard
48
The Envelope
50
The Story Of The Praying Hands
52
Starting At The Bottom
54
The Story Of The Holiday Inn
55
The Small Town Merchant
57
Van Gogh
59
So You Have Enemies
61
The Power Of Forgiveness
62
Finding Hope Through Humor
63
Peace
64
God Loves Variety
65
Touch Of Wonder
66
Creating Your Expression
67
We Need Each Other
68
Decisions And Choices
69
Hope Is A Spiritual Thing
70
Growing Good Corn
71
Its A Matter Of Perspective
72
What Would You Die For?
73
What Do You Expect?
75
Enjoy The Trip
77
Do Something Great
78
Jim
79
Tools For Sale
81
LittleByLittle
82
The Wine Barrel
84
Two Nickels And Five Pennies
86
Two Brothers
87
A Boy Named Sparky
89
Whoever Finds This I Love You
91
A Final Gesture
93
Heroes Among Us
94
The Miracle Bridge
96
When Someone Grieves
97
Never Had A Chance
98
What Children Want
100
The Cookie Thief
102
Paco Come Home
104
Hang In There
105
The Origin Of The Christmas Tree
106
The Legend Of Saint Nicholas
109
The Respectable Fish
120
Bill and Pete
121
The Tenth Ball
123
Susan
125
True Love
127
The Luck Of Roaring Camp
128
Laying Down Your Life For a Friend
130
Valuing People
132
A Place For Everyone
134
One Hundred Years
136
Courage
138
It Matters
139
Jimmy Durante
140
The Origin Of Readers Digest
141
The Greatness Of America
142
When You Thought I Wasnt Looking
143
The Blacksmith
144
Success
145
Maybe So Maybe Not
146
The Common Good
148
Glenn Cunningham
151
Special Orders
152
A Disaster Off the Scilly Isles
153
Rock Concert
154
Creature Comforts
156
A Debt To Society
157
A Walk In The Cemetery
158
The Little Boy And The Old Man
161
Strength
162
The Bundle Of Sticks
163
Heart Song
165
Two Travelers And A Bear
167
Imagine
168
Gratitude
169
Not A One
171
Lady Are You Rich?
173
The Value Of Empathy
174
An Afternoon In The Park
175
The Gift
177
The Power Of Words
179
Grandfather Knows Best
180
Helping Others Helps Me
181
Taps
183
The Fog Of Depression
186
An Act Of Congress
187
Not Home Yet
188
Starting Over
189
The Habit Of Prayer
190
Yield Your Pride
191
Standing Your Ground
192
Persevere
193
Jacqueline Gavagan
194
Grow Antennae
195
Let The Past Be The Past
196
The Way You Say It
198
The Mad Dash
199
Your Own Best Friend
201
The Most Important Trip You May Ever Take
203
The Efficiency Expert
204
Unpurchasable People
205
Not So Grim Reaper
207
Tell Time On Their Clock
209
The ABCs Of Handling Mistakes
211
A Little Faith
213
Back Cover
215
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