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Kitchen Heat at Hanukkah

I get it, I really do. Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication, celebrates the cleansing of the Temple in Jerusalem after foreign occupation. When it came time to light the menorah, oil that should have lasted one day lasted eight until more holy oil could be produced. So most every food during the eight days of…


Fave Family Photos

Holidays often bring photos. I love it, I love seeing families gathered together. Even when they all look pained by the thought of it, lol. Growing up, I don’t remember our family taking any group shots, but there are many of us as individuals. We also went to a professional studio where we took solo…


Holiday Performance Panic

I have no problem with my kids being in holiday choirs, singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” or “My Dreidl, Dreidl, Dreidl”. For our family, the festival of Hanukkah and the celebration of Christmas are what this season is all about. Decorating the home, giving gifts, enjoying special foods—it’s all icing on the cake—and a…


You Can Script Your Own Reality

Oh yes, you can. Do you really believe that life is a random series of events? Not one to subscribe to the “everything-happens-for-a-reason” mindset, I still maintain that there are certain causes and effects coming into play. So why not change that dynamic? Turn it around. Stop settling. Alright, it may mean some time and…


Holidays from Hell

Yes, the e-mails are flooding in. As though I need e-mails to understand. Come birthdays, holidays, or any happy event, there will be some adoptee throwing a wrench in your happiness. They cannot stand happiness. Cannot stomach it. Tolerance level for love, joy and peace is zero. Not all adopted children, of course. But many….


Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving Day

When you gather with family or friends, or even have a simple meal by yourself, do you pause to give thanks to the Lord? Is it truly “Thanksgiving Day” or just “Turkey Day”? For our family, Thanksgiving Day happens more than once a year, it’s truly every day. Our children have been delivered out of…


Our Second Son Turns 18

We now have two 18-year-old boys and two younger teen girls. Makes for an interesting household. Our second son from Russia expresses his joy over turning 18 and we’re here to celebrate with him. However, at times, our hearts are heavy. What will his future be like? He has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. In everyday English,…


Monday Mottoes – #65

Whether it’s at home, in the office, at school, or wherever, many of us are in the motivation business. We need to influence people to make a sale, get them to listen, change their dynamics, you name it. And most of us have learned that threats don’t motivate many… unless you’re in a motorcycle gang,…


FootGolf: Who Knew?

One of the latest trends sweeping America and other nations: FootGolf. If our son had not been working on a golf course, we might never have known. I’m not sure exactly how it works, but on their course if I’m understanding this correctly, the powers that be will cover over the normal golf holes on…


Monday Mottoes – #65

Personal change and transformation. It’s not a message that everyone can hear, since change takes exertion. The seasons morph and transform effortlessly as fall slowly gives way to winter. But people? More of an uphill battle to change, yet worth it. The feelings of empowerment and accomplishment after-the-fact loom large, particularly if the modifications are…

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