Mind

  • Caution: User Error

    Errors happen.  Cautious people put safeguards in place to minimize those, often based on lessons learned from past experience. Whether we are in parenting mode, working in our small business, or undertaking a personal project, it can be frustrating when something goes awry.  If you are anything like me, your first thought may be, “Who made this mistake?!”  It is so easy ...

    Posted at May 23, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 2 Comments
  • Voting is Not Only a Right, But a Privilege

    Not so long ago, we saw joy on the faces of first-time voters in Iraq.  The men and women held up their stained index fingers, proudly displaying proof of their participation.  They had the right to vote in a free election and they rejoiced. For over eight years, I have served in our local precinct as a poll ...

    Posted at May 2, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives | 0 Comment
  • Stunted Growth

    Mike was a very passionate man.  After 25 years of marriage and four children, he continued to shower his wife with praise, encouragement, and affection.  His wife’s favorite tree is the red maple.  He shared his excitement with me about having five of them planted across their ...

    Posted at April 25, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Away From Grief: My Most Meaningful Easter

    On that Palm Sunday, I was full of anticipation.  I had no way of knowing that my week was about to change -- that my joy would turn to grief. I spent the first two days of Holy Week preparing our little family to visit my widowed mother, who lived 1,700 miles away.  It would be my first visit “home” since becoming a mother five ...

    Posted at April 18, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 7 Comments
  • Book Review: Women Heroes of World War II

      Looking for inspiration to a lead a life of courage?  Do you want a deeper understanding of what helped turn the desperate tide of world war into peace? If so, I have a suggestion for you: Women Heroes of World War II – 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue, by Kathryn J. Atwood. It is part of the “Women of Action” series from Chicago Review Press.

    Posted at April 11, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • The Barren Days

    We have days – even too-long seasons – when we feel bare, stripped down. Barren of creativity, energy, hope. Pruned by life.   But, even when we cannot see it or feel it, life continues. Existing roots go deeper when energy is not diverted to growth above the surface. Seeds have been planted, but ...

    Posted at April 4, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Spirit | 4 Comments
  • Inspiration Can Come From Unexpected Places

    Sometimes we need to get out of our normal routine in order to find inspiration.  If you never seem to get out of the office, take a walk at lunch time.  If you want to see your child in a new light, go with your kid’s class on a field trip.  If your church life ...

    Posted at March 21, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • We Cannot Please Everyone

    There will always be people who do not like us, no matter what we do to win their praise or affection.  But, that is as it should be. When I was in high school, an acquaintance got me to ask my mother to do something for her.  This girl, who was rather indulged by her divorced mother, was distressed when ...

    Posted at March 7, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • The Distance Between East and West

    Quite surprising it was – and reassuring.  A wonderful end to a long day. Recently, our family prepared for our son’s college semester abroad, in Taiwan.  Getting supplies.  Tracking down documents.  Sharing dinners at favorite restaurants.  Hanging out.  After all, he does not plan to return for six months.  The ...

    Posted at February 28, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • What Type of Competition Motivates You?

    Our daughter was never very competitive as a young child.  She was not highly motivated to get the top grade or run the fastest.  But, then, she found something she loved: horses.  She embraced the competition and found her work ethic. As a teen, she began competing in horse shows.  Marilyn used to ride Stormy, a pony that ...

    Posted at February 21, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 2 Comments
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