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…

Late Awakening to a Pervasive Problem

I first wrote about bullying back in 2006 and even before. Now, more than a decade later, it is still a deeply troubling subject. A society that has long tolerated many insidious forms of bullying is still having trouble accepting its worsening reality and its devastating results. Society as a … Read more…

Changed from the Way We Were

That person your parents, family, high school or other old friends remember no longer exists. And we should be happy about it. She has seen so much and been through so much. The person you used to know is gone! And her family and friends today cannot always handle the woman … Read more…

Let’s Give Dads a Break!

The third Sunday in June is observed in many countries as Father’s Day. Other nations choose a different time of year. Whenever and wherever possible, we honor fathers and their contributions to family life. They work their tails off to provide for the wife and kids, and often the extended … Read more…

Mother’s Day Revisited

  Mother’s Day carries so much emotional baggage all around. For some it is a happy day filled with love, tears and laughter. For others, not so much. One year I got a phone call in the middle of that Sunday night from some livid Dad berating his daughter for not … Read more…

Decisions, Decisions…

Life forces us to make many, many decisions on a daily basis. There are so many times when we’re faced with What to do? What to do? Things can get a little panicky and definitely produce anxiety on what seems like a regular schedule. Urgent Decisions We’ve all been there, … Read more…

In Control of Our Time

Sooner or later, we wake up one morning and realize we’re not in control of our lives. We abruptly realize that God is in control, and sometimes we don’t like what He allows to happen in our lives or in the world. That isn’t to say our decisions are not … Read more…

Among our Biggest Worries – Paying the Bills

High on almost everyone’s list of worries is how to pay our bills. It doesn’t seem to matter what our annual income is. We all have monthly bills for a few items that could be considered “nice but not needed” and we all have many more monthly bills that are pretty … Read more…

Do We Really Need Difficult People in Our Lives?

The world is full of difficult people, so much so that an Amazon search will bring up 139,538 results just from typing “difficult people” as a search in the Books category. That’s as of right this second. By tomorrow, that count will probably be something entirely different. “Difficult” is probably … Read more…

Downsizing — Not for the Faint-Hearted

There’s something about downsizing that really makes you wonder how you ever accumulated so much junk! Americans, especially, are known for their voracious consumer appetite for stuff, for wanting the latest of everything. Of course, most of us had plenty of help in that department. We didn’t buy or inherit … Read more…