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This Father’s Day, I am visiting my 97-year-old dad. He is hard of hearing, in a wheelchair but still clear in his mind. We are blessed! Despite the setbacks of aging, his mood is remarkably upbeat. He rarely complains and knows […]

Kirstin was being pressed to say, ‘Yes” to a dating proposal. She didn’t know why she struggled to make this basic commitment to date a really nice man in her singles class at church. She wants to eventually get married and […]

Mother’s Day has been with us since 1914! But I had no idea the holiday was so controversial in its history. It actually had roots as a  Christian festival  known as Mothering Sunday. It fell on the 4th Sunday in lent and was […]

There are times in our lives when we are more prone to anxiety and depression. For women, one of those times can be after the birth of a child and the early years of parenting. Life changes is such substantial […]

“I hate my body.” “My thighs are too big; my hair is too thin and I don’t like what I see in the mirror.”   Do you ever think or say that? Do you obsess over your appearance? Those imperfections […]

“It was my friend’s choice to have an addiction problem. No one forced him to put those pills in his mouth. He is an addict because he chose to use drugs. Don’t tell me this is a disease. He started. He […]

When people deal with loss, I am often asked, what is the difference between sorrow and clinical depression?  The difference matters because it has implications for our emotional, spiritual and physical health.  Nearly 2.5 million Americans die each year. Many people are […]

Parents, stay up to date. There is a new device called the Juul that doesn’t look like an e-cigarette but is. It is a vaping device. You might see it and not know that it is not a USB drive […]

I was fascinated with a recent documentary series in which the producers followed 7 adults, ages 21 to 26, as they posed as students at Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas, during the spring 2017 semester. The series aired […]

Screen time is a battle ground in most households across America. If you are a parent trying to raise  healthy children, how are you doing when it comes to listening to the experts about screen time use in your family? Do […]