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Are You Sure You're My Kid?

03/22/2013 18:50:22 PM

The differences between my children are mind-boggling. This picture of our cat nursing orphaned baby bunnies with her own kittens symbolizes how I often felt about my own children. The expression on the mother cat's face is priceless because she seems completely baffled. "Who are you? Where on eart..

Diatribe: Ten Things That I Find Funny But Probably Shouldn’t.

03/21/2013 09:41:21 AM

Do you ever find yourself laughing at something and realize it’s probably not funny?  Do you giggle when someone sips soup or coffee that is so hot they burn their lips?  There are many times I find myself snickering when I’d rather nobody knows that I’m amused.   He..

The Fountain of Youth

03/20/2013 16:03:48 PM

Youth is not found in a bottle of vitamins or in a jar of face cream. Advertisers have tapped into a universal craving to stop the relentless ravages of time in the human body by pushing countless gimmicks to keep us youthful. These products keep us healthy but the secret fountain of youth is not a..

Diatribe: The Ridiculous Notion That Your Ex-Husband Has Cast A Spell On You.

03/19/2013 09:51:33 AM

Last Saturday, I went to see Oz the Great and Powerful in IMAX 3D.  It was fantastic.  The special effects, in particular, were wonderful to see in three dimensions but I found the witches to be particularly interesting.  I’d never really questioned the “back stories&rdquo..


03/18/2013 08:56:15 AM

Maybe interruptions are actually your real work! Once Henri Nouwen S.J. (Jesuit author, university prof) complained to God about all the students who came to his office, interrupting his writing of an important book. God’s answer? “I just gave you that book to write to keep you busy in ..

Family = Community

03/17/2013 21:28:59 PM

Community starts when even the youngest child chips in to help. When most women begin to mother, they tackle this new challenge like a new career; they see themselves as the CEO of a new company that demands all of their attention, time and energy. I too initially saw I saw myself as the most impor..

Two Hundred And Sixty-Four Shoes

03/16/2013 12:08:56 PM

In a family of eleven, everything is a big deal. Want a laugh today? Come take a peek into our house a few years ago. Imagine twenty-two pieces of bread lined up in two rows on the table. Each sandwich is made with a particular person in mind because I did want them to actually eat the sa..

Kids Helping Kids

03/13/2013 13:13:39 PM

Sometimes a child can help a friend when parents or teachers cannot. A child has the ability to speak powerfully into another child's life because they use a kid's vocabulary that is familiar to their friend. TOur kids demonstrated this idea countless times in our family but one of the best example..

Diatribe: Counterfeiter Returns A Printer To WalMart With Bills Still Inside.

03/13/2013 10:49:46 AM

I’ve been using copy machines and printers for most of my adult life.  Over the years I’ve used everything from dot-matrix printers, ink-jet printers, laser printers, etc. and they all have one thing in common.  They all require paper and that paper inevitably gets stuck inside..

Children Are Like Sponges

03/10/2013 21:33:22 PM

Credit: familychildren absorb our vibes Children are influenced not only by their parent's visible actions but also by their invisible values, attitudes, culture and spirituality. It seemed like our kids were like sponges, absorbing our spirituality through osmosis. They became so steeped in the..

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