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Colonial Houses: Returning to the Past Will Cost You

It’s a lovely time of year on the East Coast. In the north, there’s not yet much hint of spring, while in the south, some days are reaching up to the very warm ranges. Daffodils peek out here and there and even the grass is starting to grow again. Soon it will be time for…

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Monday Mottoes – #178

Today in the United States, it’s Presidents’ Day, commemorating the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and George Washington (February 22nd). Washington was the first president and Lincoln was the sixteenth, both men known for stellar leadership and outstanding guidance for the country. While many Americans celebrate with a day off from school or work…

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Valentine’s Day — Sweet or Sour?

I wish I were referring to going out for Chinese. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Although Chinese food on any day is not such a bad idea. Personally, Valentine’s Day might not be ideal for a night out— restaurants are packed and couples are trying so hard. Exhausting. Yet, I remember one Valentine’s dinner distinctly…

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Would You Buy Ivanka’s Clothing Line?

Now here’s a young lady, fashionable, elegant, devoted to her family and her business… whose father now happens to be President of the United States. So you’re telling me that we shouldn’t buy her clothing line? Kinda nuts, in my opinion. If we were all judged by our relatives…. But then again, here are women……

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Helping the Persecuted

Right now, all around the world, there are those who are suffering for their views, their faith, their ethnicity. It’s pretty rough. Persecution may range from the loss of employment, outright harassment, beatings, rape, imprisonment and death. Something has to be done. Someone has to speak up. Enter our kids. The four of them, with…

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Monday Mottoes – #176

With about a week until Valentine’s Day, our thoughts turn toward love and all of its ramifications: romantic love, lifetime love, sacrificial love. For some, love means pain, or romantic movies involving tears. For others, love holds the fairy tale ideal of there always being laughter and no real problems. For professionals, there are those…

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The Future Tense & Our Country

I’m thinking of one particular language which I can speak very well concerning the present and the past. The future? Not so much. It’s not always as easy as English, where you can simply add “will” and voila— suddenly future tense: “I walk home” morphs into “I will walk home” or “I am going to…

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Big Babies: Get Over It

Every day, or most every day, I have the thrill of assisting four kids, ages 16-20, push and pull their way toward maturity. Lest that not translate: it’s mostly me pushing and pulling. Kids today have a unique way of not wanting to grow up. Used to be, back in the day, back in MY…

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Overscheduled: Kids Who Are Too Much in Demand

Our oldest is pushing his boundaries. We feel he might be pushing himself over the edge. Here are a few of his commitments (to which he wants to add): Works 3 days/week. Studies in university 3 days/week. Has congregational duties 5-6 times/week. Texts long-distance new girlfriend multiple times/day. Takes home occasional work from job. Visits…

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Women’s March on Washington Didn’t Want Women Like You and Me

I stand for women… while being cultured and polite. I believe in women accomplishing their goals… and in being married. I think that women’s rights are vital… along with the rights of the unborn. And if you take a look at those headlining the Women’s March of last Saturday, you won’t find many fitting that…