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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Dealing with Difficult People at Christmas

When it comes to people and their relationships, there is never a shortage of problems. But at Christmas, it’s supposed to be different.  Isn’t it a time of peace and goodwill to men after all? Unfortunately, it’s often worse at Christmas.  I think that the stress related to difficult situations increases because of an increase of… Continue reading The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Dealing with Difficult People at Christmas

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Life’s Unexpected Twists and Living with the Shame of it All

  Life has a way of turning on you at times, doesn’t it?  Out of nowhere it hits you with the unexpected and leaves you wishing you could just stop and get off the merry-go-round for a while.  Unfortunately, you can’t.  The world keeps spinning and everyone else keeps moving. Somehow you have to try… Continue reading Life’s Unexpected Twists and Living with the Shame of it All

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A Note to My Daughters about Life and Living

Some days I have to take a break from social media. The news, the grapevine, the problems, and the constant opinions of others agitates me.  A full diet of social media is information overload and emotions overwhelmed and can leave one vacillating between guilt, anger, and fear with the simple scroll of the mouse. As a… Continue reading A Note to My Daughters about Life and Living

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My Unresolved Anger with Time

Dear Time, Maybe it’s middle-age. Maybe it’s the chaotic pace of life, or maybe it’s just me, but I find myself angry with you. You loom over me, always reminding me I’ll never finish all that needs to be done.  I’d like to play fair, but how can I when you care nothing for me? No matter… Continue reading My Unresolved Anger with Time

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Loving Those Porcupine People

It’s easy to love people who love me. I feel so good inside when I’m with those people.  Elated and strong; I’m on top of the world when I find someone who returns my love with more love. And then there is everyone else. The not-so-nice, not-so-friendly, not-so-happy, porcupine people who are just very difficult… Continue reading Loving Those Porcupine People

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Big Girls Don’t Cry?

   Last weekend I attended a women’s conference for women in ministry.  We took a personality style test that revealed how others perceive you.  After twenty-eight questions, I came away with the title of “The Victor” which as I already know fits this type-A, reformed control freak and perfectionist to a tee. The problem started when… Continue reading Big Girls Don’t Cry?

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Mom’s Message on Manhood to her Sons, Part I

Dear Son, You may have noticed things changing and I felt it was important to explain to you why. Daily, I’m riddled with frustration over the state of our world and the state of people, in general.  But lately, I’m increasingly frustrated about the state of our boys. The older I get, the more I… Continue reading Mom’s Message on Manhood to her Sons, Part I

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Things Wives Wish Their Husbands Would Remember

  I have a great marriage. I needed to clarify this before I begin this post just in case you interpret this as a rant against my husband.  It’s not. My husband is a great man.   However, after over 20 years of marriage, there are still some things that I am surprised he doesn’t understand about… Continue reading Things Wives Wish Their Husbands Would Remember

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BRAT TALK: Kids Who Like to Argue

There are few things more frustrating to a parent than an arguing child.  The days and hours fly past us enough already, so who has time to argue over every little thing? Unfortunately, even the youngest child can be masterful at arguing and it’s easy to get sucked into the vacuum early on.  There is no need… Continue reading BRAT TALK: Kids Who Like to Argue