Lessons Learned at Vacation Bible School

Last week was going to be great.  My son was going to go to Vacation Bible School every morning and I was going to park myself in the library down the road and have over three glorious hours each day to get caught up on- and, dare I say, ahead in- my work.  When will I learn?  Day one was without incident.  My son gets a bit overwhelmed by larger groups but will give it a try if he sees at least one familiar face.  We were in luck on that front and I was one of the first parents to extricate myself from the classroom. ...more

Planning to outlast your partner

The other day I heard a comedian say that a successful marriage is when one partner gets to watch the other partner die first. Yes, that is pretty morbid, but it is also true: Marriage vows even state "til death do us part."...more

The Growing Costs of Long-Term Care

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The Life of a Care Giver...

The life of a Care Giver starts off just like opening a door for someone at a store, perhaps a senior citizen, a woman with a baby carriage or even a disabled person. You never really give these things a second thought, you really just do them because its the right thing to do....more

Why I Stop for the Dog on the Side of the Road

Growing up in a small country town there are always animals wandering back roads or side streets. For as long as I could remember my heart would just break when I would see a animal in the middle of nowhere wandering on the side of the road. Now that I’m older I still have the same ache in my heart and something always tells me to stop for them. To give them a second chance....more

Solitaire plays her cards right

 Solitaire Lambatan Chapman with her husband Gabriel Chapman AS she shuffled the cards of life in her hands, mixing in aces, kings, queens and jacks, somehow she just manages to find the winning combination....more

How Can I Define Myself With Just One Word?

I am not one thing, I am many. I am a flower with many petals; I am a pinwheel. I am a doodle of a work in progress....more
I like the analogy of a flower or pinwheel for different aspects of a life.  This is something I ...more