• Even the Chair Master Once had Homework

    The morning starts off with prayer and hope – one leading us in the 23rd psalm, another leading the Lord’s Prayer, and the teen choosing a proverb. I finish off with prayer: Praising God for either the...

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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...

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  • I Will Fight for You

    “If they don’t let us in, you’ll talk to them, won’t you mom?” My son asked. “Like you did before.” This was summer; we’d just moved back “home” after our 2 year journey some-other-place. During our tenure...

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  • Raising Sons and Daughters of Liberty

    It would seem our nation today resembles more of the colonies of early America, pre-Independence. Those Sons of Liberty – who dumped tea into the Boston Harbor, Sons of Liberty like Paul Revere who road through the...

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  • Not Dropped Upside Down

    This week, I have that caterpillar-in-a-cocoon feeling again, where I just want to pull the blanket of my family close about me. What I thought was a pulled muscle – for a whole year –  from exercising...

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  • Unconditional Love: Rule #19

    A year ago when I wrote this post, a son went from cap-and-gown to boots-and-uniforms. My prayers went where I could not. They still do. Parenting is a faith journey. Sometimes it is a hard faith journey...

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    A Mother’s Reflection… In My Own Words

    Happy Mother’s Day…Happy Valentine’s Day…Happy Father’s Day…Happy? Really? NOT if you aren’t married, in a loving relationship, or a parent! Oh, how I remember so well all those Mother’s Days I dreaded. Flashback: twelve years ago. I...

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  • Lessons from my Mom, Lessons to my Daughter

    By Sharon Hurley Hall – We older parents do a lot of analyzing and reflecting on parenting – at least, that’s what I’ve found. Get a group of us together and we can spend hours talking about...

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    A Message Sent in DNA

    Soap and Baby Lotion are her fragrances. She clutches the blanket, whose color is of tenderness, and whose lace took days to make. Long chocolate ringlets cascade over my shoulder. Her forehead hides in the bend of...

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  • Help Spread Civility Through Example

    In a recent opinion piece, Sara Hacala lamented the absence of civility in our daily lives. Stressing that technology has changed the way we communicate with others and that bad behavior is often awarded with celebrity, Hacala...

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  • Life’s Lessons Come Wrapped in Many Packages

    By Barbara Briggs Ward – Life’s lessons can come in ways we don’t expect them to. They come at any time, even when we think we have it all figured out. And when that figuring out involves...

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  • “Affluenza”-An Affluent Disease or Temporary Condition?

    By Penelope Lemov – They are a two-car family living in a comfortably affluent neighborhood. With her college-sophomore son home for the summer, a friend was sharing her car with him. Though he had been unable to...

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