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A Thankful Woman

  What happens when a woman is thankful? Webster’s definition of ‘Thankful’ is – conscious of benefit received. It’s good to look both ways – at how the world can be affected, and dare I say – CHANGED – when men AND women are thankful, but today I am going to talk from my perspective, […]

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Taking A Chunk Out Of God’s Hand – a Thanksgiving Message

I have a friend who used to be a cabinet-maker. I said “used’’ to be a cabinet-maker. Like so many, the saw eventually takes a chunk out of something.  In this case, it was the tops of two or three fingers.  My wife felt sorry for him, especially in the winter, so she tailored some […]

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Helping Kids Deal With Trauma

Today, yet another mass killing took place at a Texas church.  One of those was the 14-year-old daughter of the pastor.  You may be asking, “How do I  help my child deal with public trauma?” First, recognize your own response to the event. What can you do to minimize the trauma for yourself? Talk with […]

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Haunting Words from a Child

In my late teens, I worked at a grocery store after school.  I would get off at 10:00 PM.  I’d grab a treat and settle in for some late night TV.  Often, there would be a scary movie.  By the end of the movie, I would be too afraid to move off the couch.  I […]

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Me Too…How About You?

  As I write this we’ve witnessed the beginning of the “Me Too” movement.  It’s where people, mostly women, are speaking up about being abused.  That sure beats suffering in silence. Many couples find themselves suffering in silence.  One or both refuse to talk about any problems.  I’ve worked with many couples during my career […]

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BITS OF TIME

We take care of our two-year-old granddaughter during the week. I work at home which means I don’t work at home :).   I’ve always been one that needs a big block of time in order to write something.  Now my block has been shattered to bits! I’ve learned to be productive in little spaces of […]

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THE BEST FATHER’S DAY GIFT

There are some people you just cannot buy for, fathers included. Mother’s Day buying is so simple. Sometime the gift giving is a challenge because we really do not know our Dads. I did not really know my Dad very well. He was old enough to be my grandfather. About the time my youngest brother […]

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The Couples “C” Word Can Save the Relationship

There are some words that lose their identity.  They become captured by a group that change their meaning.  For example, “gay.” We know what it means today but previously it meant “happy.” Some words get marginalized.  Take “commitment,” the big “C” word.  Unfortunately it is seldom used in conversations about relationships.  We base our love […]

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The Supreme Court: An Illustration of Family

  The death of Antonin Scalia has had a profound effect on the Supreme Court. He was one of the most vocal justices on the court.  Without him, the Supreme Court “family” changed.  People like Justice Thomas spoke for the first time in ten years during a session!  He is trying to fill the gap […]

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Love at First Sight?

  I recently saw a TV news report of a couple who started a relationship online.  After a period of time they decided to meet.  He flew to her city.  He came into the terminal carrying some roses.  They hugged and said to each other, “It’s good to meet you.”  He then got on his […]

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