• Courage
    Being Strong and of Good Courage in Marriage

    When you think of someone who is brave, what comes to your mind? Do you think of a soldier who is not afraid to invade enemy territory? Maybe you visualize a skydiver who thinks nothing of jumping...

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    Dancing Your Way Out of Distress

    By Mary Hudson – You may have seen the movie “Happy Feet.” As the story line goes, an emperor penguin named Mumble is born into a tribe of penguins.  Traditionally, the only way these Antarctic birds can find their...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • The Gift of Friendship

    By Nancie Carmichael – My mother-in-law, Betty, is 91 and lives near us in an adult foster home. Sadly, dementia is stealing the twinkle and feisty spirit from her blue eyes. Most days she sits with three...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • The Secrets of Happy Families

    By Rhonda Caudell – In case you are unaware, all families have some skeletons in the closet. Most are eventually brought out in discussion. Thus…there are no perfect people in this world…which leads to imperfect families. In...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • Loving our Families

    By Christine Maddox – Sometimes, more often than not, the people we love the most we hurt more than anyone. And it is not because we do not love them; it is because they do love us...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • The More I Learn, The Less I Know

    By Deb DeArmond – Have you ever heard the evolution of how our children think of us as they move through life? The story goes like this……. • At age 5, the little boy says, “That’s my...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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    10 Tips for Caring for Your Newborn Grandchild

    By Amanda Carlson – When you have your first grandchild it can be a humbling experience. You remember when your children were that tiny and helpless, and now they have a child of their own. Thankfully you...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • Close Encounters with a Stepfamily

    By Laura Petherbridge – “I’m happy with the way we have set up our will,” my husband, Steve, said as he got ready to leave for work. “I’m sure you are,” I quipped back. Immediately, both of...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • Building a Digital Family Archive Gives You, Peace of Mind

    How many times have you thought about calling a close family member, realizing suddenly that you can’t, because they have passed on? You still long to hear their voice, reminisce, ask their advice, laugh with them, or...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • The Christmas Photo—What’s a Stepfamily to do?

    By Laura Petherbridge – “My mom wants to have a new family picture taken for Christmas,” Tanya shared. “She updates the photo every few years and sends it with her Christmas cards.” “Everything was fine until she...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • The Silver Ladle

    By Barbara Briggs Ward – The house where Santa Claus came on Christmas Eve when I was growing up was situated beside a lane on a street with a bit of a hill. Whenever a snowstorm came...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • How to Deal With a Family Conflict

    Life & Beauty Weekly: Happy You By Cynthia Hanson for Life & Beauty Weekly – Most of the year, it’s fairly easy to avoid the nosy in-law or the sister who keeps revisiting old grudges. But come...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • How to be Grateful During the Holidays — and All Year Long!

    Life & Beauty Weekly: Happy You By Cynthia Hanson for Life & Beauty Weekly – Got gratitude? Of course! There’s nothing like gathering with loved ones around a bountiful holiday table to make us count our blessings....

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • September Song

    By Nancie Carmichael – Home again. We stumbled in the door, weary from the two-day trip back from Southern California. Bill engineered the kids from the outside, giving them suitcases, sleeping bags and miscellaneous loads of whatever...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • Would You Turn Back the Hands of Time?

    By Deb DeArmond – “Would you like to be younger? I mean, is there an age you’d rather be than the one you are right now?” Sarah asked. An afternoon outing with two of my daughter-in-laws turned...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • Computer Images Used to Alter the Boomer Generation’s Perception of Ageing

    By Peter Kruger – As they approach late middle age members of the boomer generation are forced to come to terms with ageing. This often puts them on an emotional roller coaster ride similar to the one...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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