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Immorality, Greed and Teddy Bears

If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick.    JOHN STEINBECK, letter to Adlai Stevenson, Nov. 5, 1959 It’s hard to believe that a child’s stuffed toy can point one towards simplicity and ...

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Living in The Real Empty Nest

When my daughter went off the college in a town two hours from home, I identified this time as having an empty nest. The first time I saw my aunt and cousin, they rushed to ask me how I liked having an empty nest. I said, “I like it.” To ...

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Can We Please Kill Super Mom?

Somebody recently asked my daughter to tell what her favorite Bible verse was. She said, and I quote, “Whatever that one about God knowing all about you, and loving you anyway. You know, that one that is on my mom’s tattoo on her foot.” (Ps. 139) Not exactly the Sunday ...

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Feeding a Child’s Personality and Not Their Behavior

We laugh. We comment, “Oh, he’s so cute when he does that!” Yet, when does the “cuteness” morph into a behavior and not a child’s personality? What is the difference between the two, if any? Personality is separate from a child’s behavior.   It is what makes each child unique. Their ...

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