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Break away from Controlling People

posted by Carolyn Henderson

It’s not too late to give yourself the gift that you will treasure throughout your life, wrapping it up as a year-round, realistic New Year’s Resolution as well: Aggressively and unapologetically learn to think for yourself. In a society that […]

A Nobody Who Was Somebody (Like You, or Me)

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Some bargains look better than others. Recently, at a consignment shop, I was drawn to a gorgeous Nativity set of tall, willowy statutettes, gilded with gold. That they were half-off because Christmas was over made them even more attractive. Of […]

Surviving the Holidays

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Tradition is both a good thing and a bad. In a world, and a life, in which so much is out of our control, holiday traditions offer a secure, steady foundation of things that never change. Our employment situation may […]

The Four-Year-Old Christian

posted by Carolyn Henderson

We were building sandcastles at the beach — the Norwegian Artist, Tired of Being Youngest, Small Person, and I — when an argument arose about the green and red plastic seahorse molds. Other than the colors, they were identical, but […]

Previous Posts

Are You the Only One Going Through What You're Going Through?
I do not like dealing with mechanics, computer technicians, dentists, and plumbers, among other people -- not because these professions are bad, but because for the most part, the people involved in them fix stuff -- my stuff. And one sentence I've heard more than once in my interactions with

posted 9:42:12pm Nov. 28, 2014 | read full post »

What Kind of Vibes Do We Give Off?
I saw an old photo the other day of a man I never knew. What leapt out from the faded ink and crumpled paper was kindness, a sense of humor, and generosity of spirit. He looked like someone I would like to meet, and given that we are eternal beings, I look forward to the day that we do. [caption

posted 7:54:14pm Nov. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Grasping the Goodness of God
For many years of my young middle adulthood, life was smooth. Not perfect, obviously -- when you raise a family of six on one ridiculously modest income, there's always the stress of making the mandated property tax, insurance payments, and assorted fees involved in living in a "civilized," bureauc

posted 9:09:40pm Nov. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Rich Christian, Poor Christian -- Which Are You?
I have just spent the last hour cleaning off my desk. To my left is a pile of papers that, if they were dollar bills, would buy me a weekend trip to Hawaii. And that's just envelopes and circulars: the stuff with identifiable information on it is burning in woodstove hell. Such is reality in the

posted 6:52:15pm Nov. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Why Standing up for Yourself -- at Church -- Is So Important
Just how obedient are Christians expected to be -- and who expects them to be this way? In recent posts, I've been discussing Christian submission toward leadership (Must We Obey Church Authorities? and Is It So Bad to Be a Lone Wolf Christian?), and you can't bring up that topic without someon

posted 8:12:10pm Nov. 19, 2014 | read full post »


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