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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Make a list

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. Fayteen remembered that she needed to make some changes in her insurance policy before the end of the year. She stopped for a few minutes and made a list of everything she has to accomplish before December 31. She felt relieved. […]

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Slow down

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. The day before Thanksgiving, I made a quick trip to Walmart to stock up on staples like bottled water and soft drinks. I rushed down the aisles, paid for my purchases, pulled my car keys out of my jeans pocket, stowed […]

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Find the quiet center

One Sunday morning recently when I had thought seriously about sleeping in, I arrived in church a few minutes late, but, thankfully, in time to sing these words by Shirley Erena Murray. Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead, Find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where […]

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Listen and focus

One morning when I was walking my dog, Ginger, I saw a neighbor and stopped to talk a few minutes. After she said goodbye and went into her house, I felt a little guilty because I had been talking to my neighbor, but I hadn’t been completely focused on the conversation. Instead, I had been […]

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The Lost Girls of Sudan

If you’re like us, you’ve probably heard about the Lost Boys of Sudan. Their journey started when civil war erupted in Sudan and then was followed by a severe famine and a second civil war. As a result, more than 5.5 million Sudanese were uprooted from their homes. A 1998 study by the U.S. Committee […]

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Today is a new day

I visited the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth recently and read this quote from the artist Robert Henri: “Today must not be a souvenir of yesterday.” Of course, it can seem trite, but it is true, and Henri expresses the idea in a thoughtful words. Yesterday is over. Today is a […]

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“Continuous small treats”

On Thanksgiving Day, we need to be thankful for all of our blessings. Big blessings like family and friends and plenty of food to eat. We need to remember little blessings, too. Small blessings like waking up with a hug from your husband, walking your dog before the busy part of the day begins and […]

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