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Mother’s Day and the Danger of an Open-Door Policy

Last year, one of my blog posts received over 3,000 hits.  I guess it hits a nerve for so many of us who wonder some days if we’re making a difference.  So, here it is again, just in time for Mother’s Day. Click on the white triangle in the audio bar below to hear me

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Paris Tragedy Makes us Treasure our Friends

The recent tragedy in Paris and stories of those who lost their friends make me pause to savor life and the priceless gift of friendship. I hold my treasures close.  I know you do, too. Last weekend I visited Oregon where I had spent a few childhood years. It was a long-awaited weekend back to where first thoughts

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The Birthday Boy who Served Thanksgiving Dinner

(click audio bar above to listen to this post) Your birthday is your day to be selfish. Eat your favorite breakfast on the couch with your purring cat on your lap, no chores, your favorite activities, and everyone serves you what you want the way you want it, right?  At least…that’s what I’ve always thought. To

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How to Persuade Good Character in Our Kids for the Future of America

Good character. It’s gotta start somewhere. This week, as we honor the lives of our Veterans, I’m struck by the character of those like my uncle Lance and my brother-in-law Todd who have been willing to serve our country. Courageous, loyal, sacrificial team-players, proudly fighting to protect the red-white-and blue so that we can live

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My Interview with “Red”- a Corner Newspaper Salesman

My trunk is full of groceries as I pull up to the corner and turn on my blinker. Out of the corner of my eye I see a man standing near me, leaning on a cane, wearing a black coat and a hat to ward off the cold wind. He’s selling newspapers for $1. I

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What Every Mom Needs to Hear on the First Day of Kindergarten

“Don’t worry, I’ll walk you to your class,” I reassure my almost-kindergartener. But he shakes his head. “Nah, I got this, Mom. I know where my class is.” Really? Now, I realize he has the same teacher his 3 older brothers had and he’s been to her class a hundred times. But still, I “fake

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