Keeping the Family Safe

Various blogging experts have expressed the view that we should only write positive material so that our readers will like us and come back to read our commentaries in the future. I’ll be the first to admit I’d rather read and write positive stories any day. And yet… In all … Read more…

We Teach the Most by Example

To state the obvious, civility in the nation is rapidly evaporating in the heat of anger, misunderstanding and wrong-headed beliefs. We now have dozens of opportunities daily to teach adults as well as children that human kindness and respect are still alive in the land. But will we do it? … 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…

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…

When Life Takes Its Own Path

From the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) we’ve developed the expression: “The best laid plans of mice and men do often go astray.” Burns’ poem To a Mouse was written after late autumn ploughing destroyed the tiny nest of a poor little field mouse that had obviously put … Read more…

What Do We Love Enough?

People will fight for and about a range of concerns, especially things they love. This includes family, freedom, their country or their monarch, their religion, even a cause they deem worthy or vital. We Love Our Families Any self-respecting husband or wife will fight for their spouse’s life, honor, well-being, … Read more…

Sometimes We Just Have to be Assertive

The older we get, the more assertive we have to be, though like everything else, it can be easier said than done. No one likes being treated like a doormat but if you once let people get away with it, they will continue their master-slave relationship with you, no matter … Read more…