Having a Mary mindset in a Martha World

Having a Mary mindset in a Martha World

My daughter left yesterday.  You’d think I’d get used to it. I don’t. When my daughter visits from across the ocean, we stop the busy-to-do-lifestyle life. We go to indie coffee shops and on long walks in the neighborhood and make sure we meet with friends. We bake...

Sarah on her mom: “My beautiful mother, friend and role model…departed for Heaven”

My daughter Rachel emailed me from Tanzania asking if I had heard about Sarah and Michael’s mom, Kathy Bernert.   Heard what? I wondered, already fearing the worst.   Knots starting tying up in my stomach.   Sarah and Michael’s mom, Kathleen Carol Bernert, 51, had...

Are you a Success or a Failure? It’s Not What You Do or Don’t Do, It’s Who You Are

     Our Writers Connection visited the Oregon State Penitentiary recently for their yearly Essay Presentation. I served as MC, and they also asked me to present an essay. As I thought and prayed about what to share, I remembered a recent exchange between my...

Huffington Post: Two Tales Involving 350 Kids, Entitlement and Lessons in Parenting and Life

(Originally published: Huffington Post-Two Tales Involving 350 Kids, Entitlement and Lessons in Parenting and Life) Let me get this straight. Three hundred teenagers break into the vacant vacation home of a former NFL player, ransacking the home while drinking and...

A tale of 300 kids and 50 kids and entitlement and taking ownership for wrongdoing.

This is a tale of 300 kids breaking into the home of a former NFL player and a tale of 50 football players getting benched by their coach and a lesson in parenting and entitlement and owning up to faults. . . . Three hundred teenagers break into the vacant vacation...

Bryant Woods Nature Park – Summer 2013 Outdoor Adventure with Kids – No. 9

Outdoor Adventures for my boys are not always on the top of their priority list, I must admit. Sometimes, I have to make an effort to talk them into it, which could not be truer than on this day, when we explored Bryant Woods Nature Park in Lake Grove. We have been...

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