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Monday Mottoes – #160

Rosh Hashanah dinner went off without a hitch. Fun, special, new friends visiting. Lots of salads, prayers, and best wishes. I consider the fact that we are healthy, we have running water, food, a roof over our heads, the future is bright no matter how many small issues may crop up here and there. Thank…


Gluten-Free, Fat-Free, Dairy-Free Rosh Hashanah

That would not be for me. That would be for our guests. Here I am, minding my own business, when it comes to my attention that our visitors have a number of food issues. Since our family table, holiday or not, is generally laden with a variety of offerings… not a problem. As I hear…


Inward Strength to Withstand Stress

I was never one to watch Star Wars, but the fictional Jedi Master Yoda apparently dispensed his wisdom throughout. If ever there is a need for wisdom, it’s for our generation that has been ruled by mindsets such as, “If it feels good — do it”, “Go with the flow”, stemming out of an even…


Stretching for More in Home and Business

Are you ready to snap? Welcome to the rubber band life, where stretching is the only way to take new territory. Your average parent doesn’t like the idea of stretch marks, whether in the physical body through birth, in your wallet and sense of privacy through invasive adoption costs and questions, or the later psychic…


A House Divided

Now that many no longer read their Bibles, it could be that our American populace is not familiar with the verse, “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:25). They might also not be aware that Abraham Lincoln used that passage in his famous anti-slavery speech of June 16,…


Turning Around Your Mood

It might be your kids, your coworker, your mate or your mother-in-law. Some folks are always out-of-control, flying off the handle, becoming angry or staying depressed. They never seem to be in charge of their emotions. They act or react without even thinking that the same patterns may be stopped. Immediately. Without a whole lot…


On Boyfriends & Girlfriends

Our kids don’t date. They range between from 20 years old later this month, to 16 years old next month. With four teens in the house, hormones are sure to run high. All the more reason why not to date, lol. It’s not that we’re against dating. No, I take that back. Who am I…


Monday Mottoes – #155

“I think I can, I think I can,” said the Little Engine That Could. Perhaps you remember something from your childhood echoing that 1963 inspirational cartoon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx9xO98kcBU). Nowadays, cartoons seem to have different messages, yet that encouraging word will never grow old. Today, so many give up after engaging in any initial exertion. Their tenacity,…


Monday Mottoes – #154

Fear, uncertainty, doubts can conspire to hold back the best of us. We become paralyzed, we don’t move forward, we hesitate and choke. Today we have two mottoes because both are powerful and both are similar. They, in essence, are saying that unless you are willing to take risks, you will remain stuck in life….


Monday Mottoes – #153

In light of the Rio Olympics, I felt led to take today’s inspirational quote from a former competitor. After all, Olympians know about winning in life and what it takes to achieve against incredible odds. The athletes must possess motivation, determination and stamina. Many of them rise long before dawn to gain access to playing…