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Marriage: Time Will Tell

June is almost upon us, that time of year when many marry. I wonder the number of marriages that will last decades… and the number that won’t make it ‘till December. Time will tell. Think about it: time. will. tell. Over the years, issues will arise– from money, to sex, to kids, to communication, to…

For the Love of Old Houses

One day, you will thank me. I am going to talk you down off the ledge. Right now, you may have starry eyes and imagine a dream-come-true country manor home with horses and dogs, or an in-town, historic townhouse ready for your renovation. With just a few finishing touches and the right decor, all will…

Russian Children and Security Checks

Sashenka was sure that nobody wanted to hire her. I had suggested a job that resulted in EXTREME excitement and interest on her part, something right up her alley. And now… no call. “Persistence, my dear, persistence,” I told her. “You guys fill out an online application and then sit in the corner and rock….

Procrastination: Why “I’ll Do It Tomorrow” Never Comes

Let’s face it, we’re human (major shock there, I know!): we forget things, we postpone events, we might find that we didn’t plan properly, or we bit off too much to do. It happens. Yet, for the most part, we have plenty of time for the people and the activities we deem important. All it…

Are Shiny Shoes Passé?

Do you shine your shoes on a regular basis? Do you have your shoes buffed regularly by a shoe-shiner? I must admit, I have never been to a professional. My shining experiences are limited to: 1) me shining my own shoes at home; 2) me placing my shoes outside my hotel room door to be…

Prepping for Summer Positions

It’s that time of year, the kids getting ready for summer, if not year-round jobs. Yes, it’s April and if high school or college students wait until May or June, forget about it! Nothing will be left in terms of positions and you will be a jobless teen or twenty-something. Swoop in Mother Goose to…

Monday Mottoes – #232

Depending on which type of industry you’re involved with, ageism can be a very real problem. The world just marked the passing of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, in his 70s and with physical disabilities and the world celebrated him. However, if you try to become employed or stay employed with similar challenges… how shall we…

Monday Mottoes – #231

Today you are staging your life in a movie— what will it be— a drama, a tragedy, a love story, a comedy? Imagine that you are the writer and you are the director. That’s the way life is. Many believe that they are mere “extras” to the game of life, that they have no control…

Doublemindedness Will Do You In; Resilience Will Save You

It’s 3:00 am and I’m up to begin my day. Prayer, Bible, contact foreign fields… no, wait! I peek out the window— same as when I went to bed around midnight and it was lightly snowing. Still coming down. If your area is anything like ours, it’s been one day of severe winter storms, while…

Change Your Life… Today!

It has come to my attention that many are the multitudes languishing out there, hoping to change their lives, but stuck in the realm of ennui and low energy. Today, yours truly will give you a good kick in the pants and inform: Yes, you can change your life… and you can do it today!…