- ("Several years ago there was a Dennis the Menace cartoon that grabbed our attention. Dennis is walking away from the next-door neighbors' house, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, with Joey, his younger friend for whom Dennis served as kind of a mentor..." and other illustrations)
- ("Paul was a fine young man in his teens whose parents had emigrated to the United States from Armenia. He was a good young man in every respect, but even good kids get into trouble once in a while. Paul and his best friend, another teenager, were being irresponsible and boisterous and broke a store window..." and other illustrations)
- In June 1990, a woman and her fiancee went to the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Boston and ordered a meal. The two of them pored over the menu, made selections of china and silver, and pointed to pictures of the flower arrangements they liked. They both had expensive tastes, and the bill came to thirteen thousand dollars. After leaving a check for half that amount as down payment, the couple went home to flip through books of wedding announcements...
- I went to my dad, and I said to him, There's a new kid who's come to my school. He's different from me and he isn't too cool. No, he's nothing at all like me, like me, No, he's nothing at all like me...
- ("The comic strip Stone Soup follows the escapades of the Stone family with all their ups and downs of routine family life. Recently, the eighth-grade daughter was shown in her classroom. She asked to be moved to the front of the class, and her teacher was surprised that she seemed to be showing an interest in the subject. Then the teacher realized the reason for the move...")
- ("A couple of weeks ago, there was an interesting article from the New York Times website. Called 'If It Feels Right...' by David Brooks, the article summarizes the results of in-depth interviews conducted by a research team with 230 young adults from across America...")
- ("Director/actor Woody Allen is known for a lot of quotes. But maybe his most famous quote is this one. Anyone want to guess what it is? 'Ninety percent of life is just showing up.' But Woody Allen is famously wrong. Ninety percent of life is what we do AFTER we show up...")
- ("Last June Oprah Winfrey threw a party in honor of the people she considered her heroes. It was, as you would expect, the party to end all parties, complete with lavish gifts for each invitee, a feast fit for royalty and a guest list that included people from the film and music industries as well as the literary upper crust...")
- "I’m not invited to the party!" Those words pass from your lips in a scream of fourth grade anguish. They’re accompanied, of course, by a flood of tears...
- ("Not all invitations are joyfully received. As summer ebbed away into fall, I got my annual "invitation" to attend the District Minister's Breakfast at Anderson University. Now I usually go, 'cause it's a pretty big deal and, besides, AU serves up a great buffet breakfast...")
- ("I saw this happen once Â a long time ago in Northern Ireland. A rich man held his daughter's wedding feast at a big hotel. But there was a lot of trouble in town, with bombs and shooting, and many of the invited guests were too frightened to come...")
- ("my wife and I went to see the History of Agriculture at the Ex display. It was great. The best part was the pictures of Elsie the Borden Cow. Do any of you remember her?...")
- I was taken with a story told to Tony Campolo by Peter Arnett, the one time CNN television commentator and reporter, and recorded in Tony's book, Let Me Tell You a Story: Peter said, "I've got a wonderful story to tell you! I was in Israel, in a small town on the West Bank, when an explosion went off. Bodies were blown through the air. Everywhere I looked there were signs of death and destruction. The screams of the wounded seemed to be coming from every direction. A man came running up to me holding a bloodied little girl in his arms. He pleaded with me and said 'Mister, I can't get her to a hospital! The Israeli troops have sealed off the area. No one can get in or out, but you're press. You can get through. Please, mister! Help me get her to a hospital. Please! If you don't help me, she's going to die!' " Peter told me how he put them in his car, got through the sealed area, and rushed to the hospital in Jerusalem. The whole time he was hurling down the road to the city, the man was pleading from the backseat, calling out to him, "Can you go faster, mister? Can you go faster? I'm losing her ... I'm losing her!"
- ("I will never forget the story I read of the writer Shelden Vanaulken, who as a young man fell deeply in love with a most wonderful woman. They married and went to Oxford, England, an almost magical place, and began their university studies...")
- Story by Philip Yancey about an unusual banquet once hosted by a jilted woman.