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As a kid, going to college was never really a topic of conversation at my house. It wasn’t frowned upon, of course, but it was also not really expected. If my sisters and I chose to continue our educations after high school, we were supported. However if we chose to get married, get a job or do something else, that was okay too. I grew up in the era that fell in between when most girls immediately married and became housewives and when girls all regularly went straight to college no matter what. I was the baby of the family, so I had more
Angry “harrumphs” in our crazed, crossways world drown out “hurrahs,” hands down. Flag-waving optimists now droop where they formerly dared. If Johnny came marching home today, a substantial element might try to send him back. (In New York City, someone posted a sign directed at newcomers: “If you can make it there, go back.”) more
Darkness and division. That’s what most of the evening television news seems to portray and I often get the idea that the world has gone wrong, or simply gone mad. However, I have found hope. I didn’t find it on the world stage, in celebrities or in our government. I have found it much closer to home. I take encouragement, not in the stories I write, but in the people behind them. more
In the past few years, I have watched more and more marriages fall apart. While some of these marriages were ones that began on shaky ground, some of them were people I never expected to see break up. The longer I live, the older I get, the more I realize that there are no ‘safe’ relationships. The truth is, we all struggle and we all must fight to keep things together. Even the most secure marriages can face trials. more
It’s a heart-shaped grave marker in the May, TX, cemetery for a not-quite 15 year-old girl who fought the good fight. On one side are Jesus’ words from the Book of John: “I am the resurrection and the life…whoever believes in Me shall never die.” On the other side are engravings of a dog and panda bear. Those closest to Katherine Marie Hester during her short life--one darkened by health complications beginning at birth--understood love’s depth for her Lord, family and friends. She also loved her Jack Russell terrier Rosie, and was fascinated by pandas. more
This past Monday was what I consider the perfect spring day. The sun was shining yet the temperature was relatively cool at 63 degrees in late afternoon. What a perfect way to start the week of Spring Break. So what did I do on such a lovely spring day? I worked ... inside. The weather certainly called me to come outdoors. Years ago, I would have been outside playing basketball at the neighbors or, more to my liking, participating in a game of baseball in the street. more
For all the students in our families, Spring Break is here. By the time you read this, most of the local school districts will only have a few more days of a break before they must head back to campus. And with Spring Break comes a special illness that seems to seep into all the schools about this time every year. I’ve seen it affect the faculty and staff of each campus and the families of our students as well. It is especially bad for the eldest students on our campuses, even bearing its own name for the seniors. more
When the word “culture” is heard these days, one does well to think of buttermilk, whether or not it “does a body good.” Even though our understanding of buttermilk is exceedingly vague, it seems degree-worthy when compared to our comprehension of current world culture that is cratering all around us. more
Technology has advanced quite a bit over the last few decades and can now serve a variety of purposes. I remember the time when desk top computers required most of your desk top space. Now they are … more
For many years when my kids were young, I was a member of every Bible study class for ladies that my church offered. I went from one Beth Moore study to another for several years, then threw in some … more
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