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And We Try Again… Mashenka’s Future

Take Two. Or Three. Or Four or whatever we’re up to at this point. Mashenka came back for more help from me. Her father’s urging proved beneficial. Of course, I could just go up to the 18-year-old and tell her, “Look, you’re bright, you’re personable, you could have a lot going for you in your…

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The Paralysis of Analysis: Mashenka’s Future

Our daughter’s “custom-made future” that I wrote about less than two weeks ago has bitten the dust. We had a good talk, I gave her a simple gameplan, what else she might research and possible next steps to take. No pressure, nothing forced upon her, I imagined I was following her expressed interests. And then…

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Learning All We Can

My cousin was maybe 20 years old when she arrived in America. She and I had been born one day apart, the daughters of twin brothers. He worked in the Old Country, whereas my father lived in the US. Tanya had dual citizenship and while she was visiting, decided to get her driver’s license, much…

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Mashenka’s Custom-Made Future

Her eyes gazed into mine as we sat on the couch together. Mashenka, our 18-year-old daughter, was facing her senior year in high school with absolutely no idea of what to do with the rest of her life. Graduate high school – yes; beyond that – blank canvas. She had enough people praying for her…

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Pressing Through Procrastination

I’m on a balanced-time diet and it’s not so simple. Just as it would be easier to eat only one’s favorite food, it’s easier to do what we want, when we want. For now, I need to have no more room for excuses, no tyranny of the urgent sabotaging all else. So I’m biting the…

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Monday Mottoes – #151

It’s summer and it used to be that everyone grabbed a book before heading to the mountains, beach, or pool. Now? Not so much. I’m not referring to a physical book, an e-book will do, also. It’s reading in general. It has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Audio books are great, as well. During…

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Monday Mottoes – #145

I’ve never been known as a speed reader. Surprising because my undergrad degree was in history and the amount of reading required is over-the-top. Same with my grad degrees and professional life. Non-stop reading and keeping up-to-date. I thought of taking a speed-reading course… that we already possess… but I’m too busy, lol. Does that…

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Transgender Issues to Cause Homeschool Boom?

I received a text today from a friend concerned about local high schools going transgender in their restrooms and locker rooms. If this legislation is aimed at engendering greater understanding, it’s doing exactly the opposite, this mom reports. Apparently, a huge number of parents are considering homeschooling. They’ve had enough. And they’re all starting to…

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Monday Mottoes – #138

Amazing individuals who lived long ago yet speak into our lives. One of the things that makes many of them great is their ability to impart wisdom across the centuries. Not only did they accomplish much and make a name for themselves; they are willing to share insights with us. Today, we turn to another…

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A Stop at Campaign Headquarters

A funny thing happened on our way to our power walk. Petya and I got started a little later, and by nine o’clock in the morning, we found ourselves near the campaign headquarters of a certain candidate. “Let’s go inside,” I suggested. “Pick up some bumper stickers or something.” “Bumper stickers?” he laughed. “You would…