Vigilante Neighbors

Always there is the temptation to pursue our own justice when a legal system is corrupt or slow but the results are usually worse than the original alleged offense. We often fear retaliation from neighbors if we tattle on them for violations of the law. Yet others go so far … Read more…

Simple or Simple-Minded?

Should we feel insulted if someone has called us simple-minded? What’s in a word? Perhaps we should feel insulted. For such a simple word, there seems to be a range of definitions! The word simple by itself means something that is not hard to understand. Yet simple-minded can mean everything … Read more…

Got to Get Out of This Place?

It wasn’t just the famous American 1960s songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil who felt those sentiments, that driving need to get out of whatever limitations they were in at the time. We’ve all been there! When it isn’t the four walls crowding in on us, it can be our … Read more…

A Mile in Her Shoes? Maybe a block…

Don’t you just love it when other people criticize you for not accomplishing everything they think you should be doing every day? And then they try to pile on even more projects, so you won’t have idle hands for the devil to put to use. Are we ever guilty of … Read more…

Obstacles Are Much More than Challenges for Us to Handle

Life is full of obstacles, so I don’t think I’m the only person who is tired of being told there’s no such thing as an obstacle, that everything should be considered a challenge. If I hear that one more time myself, I may scream. The truth is life is indeed full … Read more…

Walk Tall in Your Authority

Walk tall in your authority might seem to be a directive aimed at women, since most guys are born with “authority” (at least as perceived by human beings) or a desire to take charge. And for some men, that’s a good thing. They are able to take over in any … Read more…

Who is Your Family?

Scenario Watching Friday’s news reports as the tributes rolled in upon the death (at age 91) of Stan Chambers, legendary newsman at KTLA television. Mr. Chambers was there at the beginning of television in 1947 and continued working at KTLA until his retirement in 2010. Now the most popular morning news station … Read more…

Life is an Audition

Anything we are asked to do in life is actually an audition. Those who asked us to do it, as well as other people, are watching us to see how we respond. (And I don’t mean Big Brother’s version of watching.) Do we shrug off a request after accepting it … Read more…

Are You in Your Top Three Priorities Every Day?

Are you? Everyone has different priorities and those shift constantly with the tides of life. The best priorities include putting God first, whether formally or informally. If we’re not churchgoers, there’s still a lot we can do in our circles of life to show kindness and helpfulness to others — in the extended … Read more…

What is Everyday Freedom to You?

The brand spanking New Year approaching brings the chance for freedom and a fresh start for those blessed with the opportunity to make their own choices. There are large freedoms (like living in a free land) and small freedoms, all of which can be life-changing to those who yearn for … Read more…