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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
“One thing for sure,” a reader mentioned the other day, “most of your columns are centered on your own ‘back when’ memories.” An easy counter is that just as many pieces are written about … more
I hope I’m not alone in this, but I find that my husband is very difficult to buy presents for. The occasion doesn’t really matter, be it birthday, anniversary or Christmas. It isn’t that I don’t know him. We’ve been married nearly 28 years and we’ve been together for 30 if you count the two years we dated before the wedding. It isn’t that he’s all that picky, either. He simply gets what he wants for himself when he sees it, assuming we can afford it. more
When asked which season I like best, I find myself confused about my answer. I tend to say that winter is my favorite season but the truth is there are things I love about every season. In the summer, I can enjoy a much more relaxed pace. I am not driven by a schedule that requires me to be anywhere at any particular time. I can sleep late, spend my days with my children, read or watch movies, veg out in front of the television with my kids, or if necessary, catch up on all the projects I did not have time for during the school year. I can stay up late, go get ice cream cones or snow cones, take naps and go on a quick trip with my family if the budget allows. In short, I like the lazy days of summer because I can be lazy! more
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