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Taking a Break

My blog is going on a brief hiatus! I’ve always enjoyed writing this blog. I hope that it is a benefit to those who read it, and if it benefits you, I hope you pass word of it along to others. I’ve struggled to supply content to the blog for the past few months. I […]

How To Survive

Encouragement for Those Who've Lost Someone To Suicide

National Suicide Awareness Day was this week and I was glad to see so many people speak out about suicide. Their encouragement to those struggling with depression was the best use of social media I have witnessed in a while. I join them in pleading with anyone who is dealing with depression or is having […]

How To Make The Most of Your Minutes

In the words of the immortal Ferris Buehler, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”Or if you are not a fan of 1980’s movies, the words of Benjamin Franklin might be more fitting, ‘Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for […]

The Essentials for Healthy Relationships

Know What You Want

Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” is one of the most helpful and successful books on leadership and growth ever written. I read the book for the first time 15 years ago. All of the habits have been useful, but one has come to my mind more frequently than the others. “Begin with […]

A New Series!

The Essentials For Healthy Relationships

I am easily distracted. I enjoy thinking about lots of different things and writing about lots of different things. That can make this blog a bit unpredictable. One thing that has been deep in my heart from day 1 of producing the blog has been relationships. If I could give my readers one thing and […]

Thoughts of Mom

Lives on the Periphery

She normally had the beach to herself. She always woke up long before daylight, a habit honed from necessity rather than preference. While others slept, she enjoyed the calm before the chaos of the day began. Long before the sunburns and the sandcastles, before the frisbees flew and kites fluttered, she walked, scanning the Atlantic […]

Why We Hate Honesty

The Challenge of Safety

Ok, we don’t hate honesty completely. In fact, it’s a character trait that we love in others. We admire honesty. We expect others to be honest with us. When it comes time for us to be honest, however, we find that it can be really difficult. This is especially true when it comes to being […]

A Life Of Impact

Remembering Betty Myers

The popularity of websites like 23andme and ancestry.com attest to how eager many of us are to know the history of our grandparents’ grandparents. In discovering where we come from, we hope to understand ourselves a bit better. I’ve spoken to many people who are filled with pride to find that a distant twice removed cousin […]

Tour Guide Christianity

The Beauty of Experiencing God First-Hand

I love art museums. I love being surrounded by the old masters and the contemporary ones.  The beauty and creativity encourage and energize me.  When our local museum was looking to add to their pool of docents, I jumped at the chance. It’s been a great way to volunteer in the community and it ensures […]

Safe Surrender

Giving Others a Port in the Storm

I was driving by a fire station a couple of weeks ago when I saw a sign that I hadn’t seen before. The sign stated that the station was a safe surrender site. That means someone could bring a child there in the first seven days of his or her life and hand them over […]