Category Archives: Family

Riding a Bike and Conquering Fear

Do you remember the day that you first learned to ride a bike? Recently my grandson ditched his training wheels and is now pedaling with joy and growing confidence.   My daughter said that the day after he had accomplished this two-wheel triumph he made … Continue reading

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Robin Inspired Gratitude

There is a mama robin raising a chick or two in the nest she created right above a light on our deck.  The last time we observed this scenario, in the exact same spot, I identified a little too much with the mama robin as … Continue reading

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Have We Become Our Jobs?

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On what do you base your identity? Most often, these days, our identity is associated with our work.  An article in the Chicago Tribune (“Just can’t escape the daily grind” by Charles McNulty, February 21, 2016) argues that even today’s movies are … Continue reading

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Hope for Parents in the Middle of July

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It is now the middle of July and the kids have been home for long enough to spend time with you, unstructured valuable time, take part in educational or sporting activities, relax a little, help around the house, and read.  … Continue reading

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What I’ve Learned from Thirty Years of Parenting

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Thirty years ago my husband received an unbeatable birthday gift.  On July 14, 1985, my husband’s birthday, our daughter was born, and we became parents.  As time went on we had two boys to complete our family.  When our last child was born I felt like I … Continue reading

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10 Keys for Effective Parenting

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What do you imagine when you think of parenting books?  I devoured a bunch of them back in my child-rearing days, and they all left me feeling somewhat inadequate.  They influenced me positively, I’m sure, but when reading chapter after chapter of solid techniques … Continue reading

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Christmas Past

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Christmas was a wonderful time of the year for me when I was a child. Cookies, parties, church services and gifts were among the featured attractions, and I took full advantage of them.  Still do. We celebrated Jesus’s birth too. In my family the celebration of Jesus’s birth was central and … Continue reading

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A Year of Thanksgiving

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While we’re devouring turkey, stuffing, cranberry salad and pumpkin pie, among other goodies, I hope we won’t forget what we’re celebrating.  This year I am especially grateful. I thank God for life, for another day, another year, of living.  After having a stroke in … Continue reading

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Give the Gift of Relationship this Christmas

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Are you wondering what to give your loved ones (who don’t need anything) for Christmas?  I have an idea for you! Invest in your relationships this Christmas. Christmas gift giving in my extended family has morphed from all of us exchanging gifts with each other (very fun … Continue reading

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Whispers from Beyond this World

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Every once-in-a-while I have a momentary awareness of unseen but very real spiritual activity.  It usually happens at night.  Last night, after pleasant patio dinner with all of our children and our one (napless and rather bleary-eyed) three-year-old grandson I couldn’t get to sleep.  For no good … Continue reading

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