Missed Goals? No Big Deal…

Sometimes we stress ourselves out by setting goals that aren’t even ours! It’s hard enough when goals are our choices and we fall short. When they’re not ours, it can be an emotional disaster waiting to happen, depending on just how unrealistic for us they were. Goal setting is always … Read more…

The Christmas Story

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own … Read more…

Never Apologize for Who You Are

Every individual can do better and be better in this world. There are no exceptions since no one is perfect. Yet there are those who will criticize you as being weak if you cry, if you show frustration or irritation with the world, if you keel over from exhaustion. Get … Read more…

We Don’t Look Back

To put it mildly, immigration is a touchy subject these days, even the legal kind. Plus some proposed solutions to illegal immigration are beyond cruelty and even lack commonsense. Whatever our feelings on the topic, this land is a nation of immigrants. We would not and could not exist as … Read more…

What, No Music?

Music can bring us such great joy when we choose it wisely. Whether we’re listening to the classics or movie soundtracks, ragtime or later jazz, gospel, or country and western, it can lift us out of what might otherwise be a sad or dreary day. Music does make boring, tedious … Read more…

So Much Gratitude

The attitude at this time of year is so much that of gratitude (even enormous gratitude and even from those who are grieving) because of our many large and small blessings. And yet…it is an excruciatingly painful season for those who actually lost a family member or dear friend, especially … Read more…

Mama Said…

When Mama opined there’d be days like this, sometimes she nailed it! Other times she really had no idea what we’d be dealing with today. Our world is so far removed from the one she (and every mother of my generation) grew up in. Even so, dealing with a spouse … Read more…

No White Supremacists Needed Here

Anyone who truly believes or even hopes the highest levels of Heaven are reserved for white supremacists needs to start modifying that opinion ASAP. It simply isn’t true. God loves His children equally even when they behave like the foul-mouthed bullies that so many of them are. But He will … Read more…

When They Go Low…

One of the latest Internet memes from the current political can of worms was from First Lady Michelle Obama: When they go low, we go high. Mrs. Obama’s entire speech at the 2016 Democratic Convention can well be described as fierceness with grace, as one informal reviewer suggested. [Dr. Nick … Read more…

Give Yourself a Standing Ovation

I recently came off a 3-1/2 day writer’s conference that was livestreamed from Florida. Mercifully, their particular location was spared the worst of Hurricane Matthew, so they were able to keep to their planned schedule rather than having to juggle a huge agenda. I couldn’t catch too many of the … Read more…