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annette-talbert's picture
Jul.13.2011
My daughter made pancakes for us this morning.  She just returned from her annual "trip to Grandma's" where she is petted and spoiled all week. Just what a kid who has siblings needs most- a chance to bask in someone's undivided attention. J did some cooking alongside Grandma and was...
hollye-dexter's picture
Jun.30.2011
The opening scene in Slumdog Millionaire is a montage shot in Calcutta: the scenery rich with color and filth, young people marrying in traditional silken dress draped in chrysanthemums, barely clothed children running in packs, laughing and playing, oblivious to the poverty around them, beggars...
elmaz-abinader's picture
Jan.15.2011
Since 1981, I vowed to learn something new every year. The results have been mixed, but mostly positive: skiing, yes, rappelling, no; dragon boating, yes; roller blading, only if it would save my life. I tried again, last year, to learn guitar. Guitar, like Arabic, was a skill I could get to a...
amy-levy's picture
Sep.01.2010
As Earl churns his way towards the Eastern Seaboard, states from South Carolina to Maine are on high alert, watching for signs of impeding stormy doom. The local newscasters have compared the preparations to those of twenty-five years ago, when Hurricane Gloria roared through. In September of...
sandra-f-carrington-smith's picture
Jul.21.2010
In the aftermath of Teghan Alyssa Skiba’s senseless death, people are shaking their heads. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=7564831   Whenever a child dies, many wonder why such young lives are prematurely ripped away rather than given the opportunity to live out...
sandra-f-carrington-smith's picture
May.02.2010
“God allows us to experience the low points in life in order to teach us lessons we would not learn in any other way. The way we learn these lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them.” ~ Stanley Lindquist    To the joy of most children on a traditional school...
david-marshall's picture
Nov.17.2009
This is a great article from the Wall Street Journal called “Story Time: The Heck with looking foward. There’s value in looking back.”  It is about the wisdom of telling stories from the past to younger family members as “a deft way to transmit lessons about life while strengthening generational...
jennifer-schmitt's picture
Aug.04.2009
Earlier today, you would have found me cross-legged on Elle’s bedroom floor, folding the top flaps of a box together with one hand, holding packing tape in the other. Sealing away for a few weeks some of the odds and ends that string together the life of an eight year old girl. As I ran the tape...
linda-jo-hunter's picture
Jun.19.2009
My little sister says when I was in high school she could always find me holed up somewhere inside or outside the house with an apple in one hand and a book in the other. I wasn’t interested in television. I wasn’t interested in magazines. I wanted a book on life that was full of adventure, far...
sandy-o-nathan's picture
Jun.08.2009
This Lightning-blasted Tree Reminds Me of God's Power. “In God we trust” appears on our currency. These words are controversial. They prompt some people to fight for their removal, while others insist that they belong on our money and everywhere else. I ask: Do we trust God? If so,...