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Spring Break and Mistakes Not to Make

Spring vacations are already underway and are due to peak in a couple of weeks during mid-March, continuing through early April. Children generally receive time off from school close to the Easter holidays and college students a bit earlier. The college crowd has made Orlando, Florida, the top spring break destination in the US, and…

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The Kosher Beach Cottage

Passover is coming, people. It’s only about a month away and I’ve told you about the friends with the beach cottage. Well, in the Jewish community, Passover break is similar to spring break, only longer. People take about two weeks off to head here or there for a fun and meaningful holiday. Needed: a nearby…

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Jailed Homeschoolers and the History of Homeschooled American Leaders

Many are the misconceptions about homeschoolers in America: kids get to sleep all day, go to school in their pajamas, they study too much or not enough, they are not socialized, etc. In 99% of the cases, none of it is true, but it fires the imagination. However, things really become worse elsewhere as families…

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Only “Insane” People Hear the Voice of God-???

Okay, count me in. I mean, school shootings gunning down innocents, ISIS chopping off people’s heads, social media carrying suicides and rapes… and Joy Behar of ABC’s “The View” takes aim at… drumroll please… someone in public office who admits that he prays? Got. to. be. kidding. Wish it were a joke. I have heard…

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Upset Over… Everything!

It’s amazing the number of people without a life. They look for things to offend and enrage them. They imagine folks wanting to harm them and their sensitivities, rather than simply accepting that we all have different opinions on different subjects and call it a day. That’s what makes the world go round. Different strokes…

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Monday Mottoes – #228

It’s Valentine’s week and our hearts turn toward love and blessing others. If you have a significant other, love means going out of your way to make life a pleasant experience… and even… special-! This is your week to remember to put others first, to celebrate life, to embrace the small things that add up…

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Poor Self-Esteem and Sister Wives

I don’t get it. Really, I don’t. Let me supplement that statement by saying that I have a number of close girlfriends. We laugh, we lunch, we love. But we certainly don’t share mates or men. I see the commercials for a proliferation of sister wives types of TV shows. Polygamists. Pluralists. Should I ask:…

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The Russians Go Soft Over Snow

Russia is facing a lot these days. Banned from the Seoul Olympics and an already-hotly contested national election on its way in another month, things are not great in the dead of Russian winter. I mean, if President Putin could supposedly tamper with the US elections, is there any doubt about him doing the same…

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Monday Mottoes – #227

Not one to watch football in general or the NFL in particular, no one can escape the post-game Super Bowl news all over the internet, upstaging the bowl, itself: the 30 seconds of a black screen and total silence. NBC had a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. Tons of viewers gave us their own takes:…

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Who Determines Your Future???

Well, in the USA, today is Groundhog’s Day. Every February 2nd, an ingenious small town in Pennsylvania has made a big-time industry out of predicting the future via a big, fat rodent named Punxsutawney Phil. As dawn breaks, he is lured from his little lair/burrow/whatever you call it-! If he/we see his shadow, it means…