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Dr. Ron Barnes

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Whatever became of compassion?

By Dr. Ron Barnes June 8, 2019

Faithful readers may recall that I have twice recommended books written by David Brooks.

By Dr. Ron Barnes May 25, 2019

There are few sights as refreshing and joyous as watching young children at play.

By Dr. Ron Barnes May 11, 2019
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I can’t seem to help myself. My latest hang-up is that I have been thinking about thinking for the past few months.

By Dr. Ron Barnes April 27, 2019

Thinking back over my first 88 years, I cherish the stories that have impacted, invigorated and brought joy to my life.

By Dr. Ron Barnes April 13, 2019
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When we were kids, reality and imagination were often blurred.

By Dr. Ron Barnes March 30, 2019

There are many reasons to love living in Prescott.

By Dr. Ron Barnes March 16, 2019

It goes somewhat like this: An old friend asks how and what I am doing, and in the course of replying I mention that I am still writing a column for The Courier.

By Dr. Ron Barnes March 2, 2019

Many moons ago in the land of wheat and hills (Kansas), I served on the staff of The Menninger Foundation, a psychiatric facility in Topeka.

By Dr. Ron Barnes February 16, 2019

Concerned about our community?

By Dr. Ron Barnes February 2, 2019

I was rummaging through our home library recently and was somewhat surprised to discover that we had accumulated 17 early edition books written by Sinclair Lewis.

By Dr. Ron Barnes January 19, 2019

What a year you have had, Truth.

By Dr. Ron Barnes January 5, 2019

Early fall of 1968 was a heady time for Prescott College and Prescott.

By Dr. Ron Barnes December 22, 2018

You probably won’t be interested in this book unless you are educators (K-16) or parents of either young children, high school youngsters or college students, or grandparents of any of these, or know folks who are in any of these categories.

By Dr. Ron Barnes December 8, 2018

Thanksgiving – To all who have written checks and raised money to feed hungry kids in our four public school districts, THANK YOU!

By Dr. Ron Barnes November 24, 2018
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I lease to you, my children, for the duration of your stay on this tumultuous, rolling ball —

By Dr. Ron Barnes November 10, 2018
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Back in the mid to late 30s when I was a kid growing up in KCMo I received a weekly allowance of 25 cents. That was a “Big Deal.”

By Dr. Ron Barnes October 27, 2018
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I acknowledge that I am old.

By Dr. Ron Barnes October 13, 2018

Let’s take a short break from all the vexing rhetoric centered in Washington and hearken for a few minutes to the following which was found in old Saint Paul’s Church in Baltimore.

By Dr. Ron Barnes September 29, 2018
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In my old Kansas City neighborhood back in the 1930s there was a kid my age named Donnie. That wasn’t his real name, but it will do for now.

By Dr. Ron Barnes September 6, 2018

In my old Kansas City neighborhood back in the 1930s there was a kid my age named Donnie. That wasn’t his real name, but it will do for now.

By Dr. Ron Barnes September 1, 2018

They were senior adults, slowly walking around the courthouse plaza, talking to each another, holding hands, and smiling.

By Dr. Ron Barnes August 18, 2018

As an only child, I learned how to get along with other kids by imitating the behavior of older boys I respected.

By Dr. Ron Barnes August 4, 2018
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Have you ever had one of those days you wish you never had?

By Dr. Ron Barnes July 21, 2018

Harmony! My, how you have changed!

By Dr. Ron Barnes July 8, 2018

I’m a week late expressing gratitude to my father, but we all recall the admonition, “Better late than never.” Frankly, I never invested much faith in that saying, but today it works, so . . . .!

By Dr. Ron Barnes June 24, 2018

This one is for my friends who attend the Prescott and/or Phoenix symphony concerts.

By Dr. Ron Barnes June 10, 2018

This is the season for graduations and commencement addresses.

By Dr. Ron Barnes May 27, 2018

It’s waking up sick and she was there holding my hand.

By Dr. Ron Barnes May 13, 2018

I am increasingly concerned about what this nation has become — and is becoming.

By Dr. Ron Barnes April 29, 2018

What do each of us possess that may well be our most important possession? How about our memories?

By Dr. Ron Barnes April 15, 2018

Rummaging through some old studies I have collected, I found one that deserves a revival.

By Dr. Ron Barnes April 1, 2018

A Talmudic legend tells us that at a child’s conception, Leila, the angel of the night, brings the fetus before God.

By Dr. Ron Barnes March 18, 2018

We’ve just experienced our first snow of the year and I hope all of us were grateful for the moisture, puny as it was.

By Dr. Ron Barnes March 4, 2018

Travel back with me to the late ’30s.

By Dr. Ron Barnes February 18, 2018

Later this week the Olympic Games begin.

By Dr. Ron Barnes February 4, 2018

I suspect most of us can recall stories we heard or read back when we were youngsters.

By Dr. Ron Barnes January 21, 2018

If you are young, you need to know. If you are in your later years, it’s important to remember.

By Dr. Ron Barnes January 7, 2018

“It was the day before Christmas and all through the House and Senate. . . . “

By Dr. Ron Barnes December 24, 2017

Let’s take a few minutes, shall we, to spend with our memories.

By Dr. Ron Barnes December 10, 2017

Remember that old saw, “We are our own worst enemy?”

By Dr. Ron Barnes November 26, 2017

When confronted with questions and uncertainty about the human condition, and specifically, why an individual would commit such a heinous act against innocent people

By Dr. Ron Barnes November 12, 2017

“He is, you know, amazing!” In one short sentence I have included the three most frequently used words in most everyone’s vocabulary.

By Dr. Ron Barnes October 29, 2017

Remember Bertrand Russell’s statement? “It has been said that man is a rational animal.

By Dr. Ron Barnes October 15, 2017

I love wit! I especially admire it when really hard times are hitting us.

By Dr. Ron Barnes October 1, 2017

Over the past several weeks, so many families in Texas learned an important lesson about what it means to be citizens, neighbors and members of the human community.

By Dr. Ron Barnes September 10, 2017

“I hope my retirement years will be happy.” “I believe my retirement years will be fulfilling.” “I am convinced my retirement years will be enjoyable.” Hopes, beliefs and convictions.

By Dr. Ron Barnes September 3, 2017

There is no question that many of us are old.

By Dr. Ron Barnes August 27, 2017

To all of you who have written checks and raised money to feed our hungry kids in the four adjoining public school districts, THANK YOU!

By Dr. Ron Barnes August 20, 2017

Among my favorite books in our library are those written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I never tire of re-reading them.

By Dr. Ron Barnes August 6, 2017

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