Spirit

  • Developing Our “Basketball Eyes”

    Last Friday night was a big night for the Wheaton family! My husband and I attended our first ACC basketball game of the season. We love college ball, and will happily attend any local game when we have an opportunity to get tickets. Otherwise, we hunker down in front of our big-screen television, bought specifically for basketball ...

    Posted at November 15, 2015 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Who Encourages You?

    We all need words of encouragement from time to time. Just the right word at just the right time can give us hope, increase our sense of purpose and cement our determination. If we are fortunate, we live with people who do more than simply exist with us. They see our struggles and understand ...

    Posted at September 4, 2015 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 1 Comment
  • What Would You Do in a Threatening Situation?

    There have been two news stories this week about the reaction of nearby humans to imminent threats. Through these stories, we can see that there are three possible responses to a crisis. In case you missed one or both of these events, I have included two links below – but here are summaries of what happened: First, there were the high-speed train travelers ...

    Posted at August 29, 2015 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Is Our Anger Helpful?

    There are a lot of angry people. Too, too many. We are angry when others condemn a choice we have made. We are angry when others condemn us through the labels they put on us. We are angry when our views are not understood. We are angry because people and institutions we believed in have let us down. We are angry because life has not given us what we believe ...

    Posted at August 16, 2015 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit,Uncategorized | 1 Comment
  • Five Reasons Why We Need Sadness

    I do not like to feel sad, and I am sure that you do not like to either. But, sadness is essential to the human condition. In fact, it helps us in five important ways. First, sadness helps us think through our priorities. Are we sad about something important, or are we caught up in distractions that should be ignored ...

    Posted at July 27, 2015 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 4 Comments
  • Where Do You Look for Treasure?

    Are your eyes open? As it has been throughout history, the world is a scary place. But there is beauty right in front of you. Are you looking for it? Are you looking at it? This summer, take extra time to enjoy the treasure you may otherwise ignore. Do this even ...

    Posted at July 10, 2015 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • An Ovation for the Founders!

    On the eve of our nation’s birthday, it is time to give a standing ovation to our Founders. When we look back at them, it is easy to view ...

    Posted at July 3, 2015 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • How Does Social Media Make You Feel?

    Marketing and media experts agree. Social media are major influences on our lives. We are drawn to them. What do we have to say to the world? What are other people saying? We want to know! The question is this: How do we feel after we have immersed ourselves in Facebook or Twitter or any other social medium for an extended period? Social media is not inherently bad. I like keeping up with family and friends. However, ...

    Posted at June 29, 2015 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Destruction Made New

    Fireweed inhabits nooks and crannies, meadows, and roadside beds all over Alaska. A gorgeous pink wildflower, these summer blooms should be the state flower. Perhaps it seems incongruous that a plant named for fire would be so closely identified with ...

    Posted at June 21, 2015 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Spirit | 2 Comments
  • Step Up to the Plate

    We are all familiar with the Scout motto:  Be Prepared!  All aspects of life benefit from preparation.  But, we need to be able to go beyond preparation and have the willingness to take action when action is required. It is much easier to take action when we expect the need to arise.  But, sometimes we are taken off guard. When my daughter was in the seventh grade, I volunteered to chaperone at the middle school’s eighth grade ...

    Posted at August 29, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 1 Comment
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