Death by suburb

No matter if you live in the country or a city or a suburb, David L. Goetz, in his book Death By Suburb—How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul, offers some interesting comments about surviving in our hectic world: “Busyness and efficiency stalk the deeper, spiritual life….The practice of solitude may be the […]

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Slow down

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. I’ve been busy getting ready for Christmas. Most of the time, I have been happy busy. Busy, but not frantic. Now that Christmas is over, I’m planning a quiet day, a day with a slower pace. A peaceful day. Peace? This […]

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. We usually share a new blog post on Tuesday, but we’re publishing early because tomorrow is Christmas Day. Tomorrow we’re going to turn off our computers, our TVs and our radios and enjoy every minute of the day with […]

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Cherish your memories

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. Even though I love Christmas, I sometimes have to fight sadness during the holiday season. I feel sad when I remember how my three brothers and our children would crowd into my mother’s small house. It was always a happy day. […]

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Celebrate with a child

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. When my friend Everett, who’s five-years-old, came to visit, he told me what he wants for Christmas. He sang the song he’s going to sing at his Christmas performance at preschool. Then, he announced that he wanted to play Duck, Duck, […]

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Take good care of yourself

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. I am not going to tell you anything that you don’t already know. However, when we’re busy buying presents, entertaining and going to holiday parties, decorating your house and cooking, and writing Christmas cards, we all sometimes forget to take care […]

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To diet, or not to diet?

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. When a friend lamented that she would like to lose a few pounds before the end of the year, I remembered the good advice I received years ago from a nutritionist with a Ph.D. It was the winter that my mother-in-law […]

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Remember why you’re celebrating

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. My husband and I were busy preparing our Thanksgiving feast when we realized that Jason, who shares an college apartment with my son, Jay, had never heard the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the pilgrims. It wasn’t a big […]

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Caring for the caregiver

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. During the busy month of December, all of us sometimes feel overwhelmed and exhausted. If you’re someone, like me, who has been busy all year taking care of a family member with health problems, you may often feel overwhelmed and exhausted. […]

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Give a bit of yourself

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. I just received another catalog filled with beautiful things that I don’t need and that my family and friends don’t need either. And, even though it’s still the first part of December, the catalog advised in big letters on the cover: […]

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