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Spiritually Healthy

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Spiritually Health Get rid of what enslaves you. Find spiritual health and well-being by discovering personal freedom. Don’t be defeated by your life circumstances. Here’s how to change your life for good. Inspired by Rabbi Karyn Kedar’s new book, “Omer: […]

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You Can Have A Better Marriage

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You Can Have a Better Marriage By Susan Diamond, Prayables Some people have a stupendous, fireworks on the Fourth of July marriage. Others have a miserable, cry me a river marriage that really stinks. The rest, fit not-so-neatly in-between. How […]

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Living Life Outside the Box

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Contributed by Susan Good, Visit Gramma Good at www.grammagood.com I believe in living my life outside the box. I know many women of all ages don’t feel as I do and live inside the box their entire lives. Life inside the box […]

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Is There a Future for Religion?

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Written By Susan Diamond, Publisher of Prayables, an online spiritual community for people of all faiths. Is There a Future for Religion? If I hear one more self-righteous matron bitch and moan about the religious morals of young people today, […]

Happy Life: 10 Tips & Observations from Gramma Good’s Mother

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Contributed by Susan Good Visit Gramma Good at www.grammagood.com I call my mom at least once a day. Today we talked about buying a scrabble app for her computer. Ninety- two years old and my mother is going to play […]

Celebrating Spouse’s Day

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A Personal Interview With Gramma Good’s Husband for Spouse’s Day Written by Susan Good of grammagood.com Today is Spouse’s Day, so I thought it would be fun to introduce my husband Shelly, my best friend, a father and grandfather of […]

12 Tips to Make the New Year Your Best Year Yet

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Read More Gramma Wisdom Written by Susan Good @ Gramma Good I want all of us grammas and our families to have an upbeat year that is family and goal-oriented. As we all know, that requires sticking with our efforts. I […]

How to Teach Your Grandchildren the Golden Rule

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Read More Gramma Wisdom by Susan Good @ Gramma Good I know the world would be a far better place if the population would practice the Golden Rule. Confucius, the Chinese philosopher, born 500 years before Christ, based his philosophy on […]

New Activities to Try in the New Year

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Written By Susan Good, Gramma Good Last night a friend asked me, “Rumor has it you are selling your home.” My answer was, “ Not today, but who knows about tomorrow.” And that is the story of life. Time will tell […]

Gramma Good’s Guide to New York City for the Holidays

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New York! New York! It’s wonderful town…especially at Christmas with your husband and members of your family. New York at Christmas is the hustle and bustle of taxis and New Yorkers; The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall; Times Square […]

The History and Beauty of an Antique Diamond

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I recently flew home from California with my husband, Shelly, and my dog, Orchid, to share the holidays with our family. My suitcase is filled with loving gifts that I have selected for our grandchildren and my mind is filled […]

How I Taught My Child the Meaning of Hanukkah with a Christmas Tree

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During the holidays, I am reminded of how my daughter expressed her wishes during the holiday season when she was 10 years old. This is the story of my daughter’s determination–and of  how her parents handled it. We lived in […]

How to Get a GOOD Night’s Sleep

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  I have many friends, all ages, who have trouble sleeping. They take Ambien, Tylenol PM, listen to music and books on tape and on and on to lull them back to sleep. The National Sleep Association says that 40 […]

Thanksgivukkah: Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Unite

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This year, Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah fall on the same day. It is an awesome occasion, in more ways than one, and creates within me a feeling  that ‘this might be meant to be’. Two very […]

Teach Grandchildren the Importance of Giving

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Grammas, with winter holidays around the corner, this is the perfect time to teach our children the value of giving and the importance of showing empathy for children less fortunate than them. In the process, they will learn how giving to […]

Germs? Flu? Colds? No Thanks!

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As the holidays approach, cold weather will keep many of us indoors, and the risk of catching a cold or the flu skyrockets. I know the last thing I want to deal with during the holidays is a fever, sore […]

Apples and Peanut Butter: A Perfect Pairing

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I fix my husband breakfast each morning. My grandchildren are served the same breakfast when they visit. I put peanut butter on their daily apple. It makes their breakfast less boring and is good for their health. Peanut butter is […]

Keeping Stress in Perspective

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My iPhone sits next to me and I hear a text. It is from one of my grandsons. I text him back. Then I think to myself, “I should text the rest of my grandchildren.” So off go 14 texts […]

4 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Your Grandchildren

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We can recklessly say what we choose, or we can carefully choose what we say. Remember grammas, we are wise because of our life experiences. Our grandchildren are much younger than us. So we must think before we speak. Here […]

How Great Thy Art by Sam Santiago

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Six Life Lessons from My Mother

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Six Life Lessons from My Mother (and Four from My Daughters) My mother and my daughter are 50 years apart in age. I passed my mom’s lessons on to my daughters because they were valuable and filled with wisdom. On […]

Duck Dynasty is “GOOD”

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Watching the early news the other morning was exhilarating. I was laughing and listening and agreeing with the values and wisdom of the guests, the Robinson family. So was my husband Shelly. For those of you who do not watch […]

Healthy Living: Powerful Produce

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Fresh and colorful produce adds flavor and variety to your meals, and provides you with many much-needed vitamins and nutrients. Here’s five fruits and vegetables that have high nutritional value without too much sugar. 1. Blueberries. The antioxidants found in […]

How to Make the Blended Family Work

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I am the grandmother of a blended family, which is defined in the Oxford dictionary as “a family consisting of a couple and their children from previous relationships.” A blended family is a complex institution. I know from 22 years […]

Keeping Up With Myself

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Most days I am like the Sun, bright, energetic, warm, smiling and bigger than life. Then there are those days when I describe myself as falling raindrops, my emotions landing here, there and everywhere. Oh! I long to be the […]

Story of the Red String

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I am really lucky to have a wonderful family and a terrific set of friends from all walks of life. American, European, Asian, Hispanic, African American, Jewish, Christian, non-believers, young and older, and the list goes on… One thing they […]

Gramma Good Travels to Israel

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I recently traveled with my husband to Israel, a country about the size of New Jersey. Established in 1948, Israel (meaning “He Who Strives with God”) is a democracy in the Middle East and the only Jewish-majority state in the […]

5 Ways to Slow Down in a Fast-Paced World

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If you are worrying about tomorrow, you aren’t living in today. In our go-go, have to get-ahead world it can be difficult to slow down and live in the now. In order to truly make your life your own and […]

5 Bible Trivia Questions

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1. Who wrote the words on the tables of stone for the 10 Commandments? 2. God told Abraham that his children would be as numerous as what two things? 3. Which prophet saw God give life to a pile of dry bones? […]

5 Reasons Your Grandkids Don’t Call You

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Despite our best efforts, we make mistakes. We, even us grandmothers, are creatures of imperfection. All we can do is recognize our weaknesses, ask for forgiveness and be proactive about turning these negatives into positives. When we are indebted, however, others […]

Marriage Tips: For Better or Worse, But Not for Lunch

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With a retired husband and a growing blog, that well-known saying is the story of my life these days. For those of you grammas with retired husbands, you may feel the same way. I pray that he stays busy all […]

Being Your Mother’s Daughter

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I feel ageless in attitude. Starting this blog, while challenging, is a testament to me trying new things. I think about my mother, a great-grandmother, when I say this about myself. She is 91 years old! Last year my brother […]

3 Keys To A Successful Life! Eat, Pray, Love

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Life is a journey. Everyday you wake up you are filled with choices. Each choice you make has a direct affect on what you will experience from moment to moment and all throughout your life.  Some people choose to be […]

Unleashing Our Hearts Through Dogs

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The word DOG is GOD spelled backward. My dog Orchid is God-like. She is loving, wise and protective. Orchid is like a flower—feminine and beautiful! She is a 40-pound soft-coated longhaired Wheaton Terrier. Most owners of Wheatons cut their dog’s […]

Gramma Good’s Tributes to Mothers

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“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” ~Author Unknown My core values of honesty, respect for others, truthfulness, being charitable, being a good wife, loyal friend and teacher to my daughters are examples my […]

Finding a Soul Mate

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In today’s world, happy endings seem to be few and far, but they do exist! I can tell you about mine. My second husband, Shelly, is my best friend, my partner and my soul mate. He is totally involved in […]

Gramma Good’s View on Society and Values

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I think of myself as a woman of the times, a 21st Century grandmother as my grandson calls me. Some of my values and ethics, however, are of yesteryear. I believe in values and in the laws that societies are […]

The Power of Creative Words, Time and Space

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Have you ever wondered what time really produces? Have you thought about what your life would be like without time, or what you […]

Success through Trying (And Even Failing)

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If we want something—we have to TRY! If we do not try, we will never know if we succeeded. That is a very special tip a grandmother can give to her grandchildren. As grandparents, I strongly feel our grandchildren observe […]

Where Did the Values and Standards Go?

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Grammas, are there days when you turn on the TV and are appalled at what you see in our society? It seems so many people have lost the values that many of us were brought up with. I have to […]

My First Grandchild: Moses & Baby Ben

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Grammas, what are your first memories of your grandchildren? If you’re like me, you can’t remember where you left your to-do list, but you can recollect treasured moments in a snap. I remember when I met my first-born grandson, Ben. […]

Blended Family

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Grammas, how many people are in your family? Is it large or small? I have a blended family. There are a total of 15 grandchildren, seven parents, two grandmothers, one grandfather and a total of nine marriages not to include […]

Open Book: Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next Books

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Imagine a world where Shakespeare is so revered, his plays are stilll staged to standing-room-only crowds…where books are so dear they are guarded by librarians with guns…and where time travel is as common as dodos (yep, theyre common, too)! Enter […]

Music Ministry: “One Thing Remains” by Passion Featuring Kristian Stanfill

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There are many bible stories that testify of God’s unfailing love. It is evident as He ministers to the lost, heals the sick, raises the dead, and comforts the brokenhearted. It is revealed in the manifestation of His promises to […]

Open Book: Quotations from Richard Rohr

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Are God’s rules less important than your relationship with Him?  Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton are calling this week “hodge podge”!  Author Franciscan Father Richard Rohr has written so many books that they couldn’t settle on just one for this […]

Gramma Good’s Inspiration Connects Grandmothers Worldwide

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What a GOOD day! This is my very first blog for Beliefnet and grammas! My faith has kept me strong throughout my life, as a matriarch of my blended family. I started GrammaGood.com to connect grandmothers together, where we can […]

Open Book: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

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Spiritual and children’s book writer C.S. Lewis wasn’t always the faith-filled person he so brilliantly displayed in his works. In “Surprised by Joy,” Lewis tells the story of of his life, from his mother’s death to a series of soulless […]

Open Book: Annunciation by Denise Levertov

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How do you respond when an angel of God appears to you and asks you to be the vessel which brings God into humanness as a man? Join Alice Shelton and Lori Strawn as they discuss this remarkable work by […]

Open Book: Ash Wednesday by Marjorie Maddox

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Most people know Ash Wednesday as the beginning of Lent, a time of preparation leading up to Easter Sunday. But what does it all mean? Why ashes? What does it say about the human condition? Join Lori Strawn and Alice […]

Open Book: “Bone” by Mary Oliver

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How can you find God in a book or a poem? Through inspired reading and thoughtful discussion, you can discover the godliness in literature. Try it! Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton as they explore another poem, “Bone”  by the […]

Open Book: An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

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Where can God be found in a mystery novel? Perhaps everywhere, as He is the greatest mystery in our lives. Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton discuss quotations from Iain Pears novel “An Instance of the Fingerpost” and try to discern […]

Open Book: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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Join Lori and Alice this week as they discuss the beloved novel “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo.  This week’s show is sure to leave you with many questions to think about!  Where is the soul?  Who created our conscience?  Were […]

Open Book: John O’Donohue’s “For Longing”

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How can longing make our lives spiritually richer? What do you long for and how can you best achieve it? Tune in and listen to Lori Strawn and guest host Sue Bradford Edwards discuss the blessings of a longing heart […]

Open Book: Daniel Berrigan’s “Zen Poem”

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Who wouldn’t want to work miracles and have supernatural powers? Daniel Berrigan’s poem “Zen Poem” will make you think twice! Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton as they discuss such matters as the basics for a good, blessed life, the […]

Open Book: Disgraceland by Mary Karr

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This week, we have a lively discussion of poet and author Mary Karr’s edgy poem “Disgraceland”. Topics are sure to include the role of doubt in spirituality, the human soul and the level of God’s activity in our salvation journey.  With […]

Open Book: Advent Poetry

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Contemplate the season of Advent with poetry by Jessica Powers and William Butler Yeats! Lori and Alice will discuss two poems that cast Mary in a very different light. How would you respond in her place? LISTEN NOW!

Open Book: “Part of Eve’s Discussion” by Marie Howe

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It’s possible that you just now happen across poet Marie Howe! There is no way this poem can be read only once! Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton look forward to discussing what might have REALLY been happening in Eves head […]

Open Book: Thomas Merton’s “Seven Storey Mountain”

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How does a man go from atheist to cloistered monk? What makes an ordinary person a saint? Lori and Alice discuss Thomas Merton’s best-selling biography of his spiritual journey, with reflections on suffering, human nature and lots more. If a […]

Open Book, “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes

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Are we a product of the stories we create about our own lives? Do our memories change over time? Are we active participants in our own lives or do things just happen to us?  Join Lori and Alice’s discussion of […]

Open Book: Flannery O’Connor’s “Wise Blood”

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What can a man who claims to believe in nothing tell us about faith? Why do people want religion spoon-fed to them? Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton tackle these and many other topics as they explore the dark world of […]

Do You Know the 3 Most Popular Prayers?

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Do You Know The 3 Most Popular Prayers? Prayer is a very personal activity. When we pray, we develop and enrich our one-on-one relationship with God. And though our personal prayers are unique and independent to each of us, there […]

Open Book: In Flanders Field by John McCrae

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In honor of veterans, Lori and Alice selected the well known and loved poem by John McCrae,  “In Flanders Field”. The imagery and structure of this work provide lots of opportunity for discussing and questioning! LISTEN NOW!

Open Book: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

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It is easy to see God in nature — the beauty, the intricacy. Now consider: 10% of all the world’s species are parasitic insects. They live by causing death and sickness to other creatures. What kind of God resides in […]

Open Book: “The Ring Song” SMWC Class of 1962

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Are places important in our relationship with God and others?  Can a place impact you so much that you carry it with you in your every day life? Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton share their thoughts as they discuss the […]

Open Book: e.e. Cummings

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Most of us know the story of the Good Samaritan, but have you ever thought about what it takes to be that person? On today’s show, Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton contemplate and discuss e.e. Cummings’ trenchant poem “A Man […]

Stand Before God and Know that We are One

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Spiritual Vulnerability exposes us to our nakedness allowing us to learn new ways of living a Love Aligned Life. As guided through my morning meditation recently Spirit directed me talk about spiritual vulnerability… that space where we feel naked, raw, […]

Open Book: The Beatitudes from the Gospel of St. Matthew

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We all have our favorite places to hide and seek in the world’s most wonderful piece of literature – the Bible!  Today Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton share their thoughts and responses to the Beatitudes from the Gospel of St. […]

Open Book: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “Pied Beauty”

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“Glory be to God for dappled things”…so begins Hopkins’ sublime and thoughtful ode to the types of things most poets avoid — the imperfect, the strange, the ordinary. Where can we find God in those things about ourselves that we’d […]

Open Book: The Singer by Calvin Miller

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What a lovely read Calvin Miller’s “classic retelling of a cosmic conflict” is on a cool fall evening!  Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton look forward to sharing some thoughts on this “Troubadour singing a love song to his Lord”.  We hope […]

Open Book: Thomas Merton’s “Life and Holiness”

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How does a person become holy in our modern world? Thomas Merton, one of the Catholic Church’s greatest modern thinkers, has answers that might surprise you! Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton as they discuss holiness in married life, how […]

Open Book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Women in red.  Custody of the eyes. Public hangings. Angry mobs let loose to kick and pummel a guilty rapist. Sound like shades of “A Scarlet Letter”?   Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton this week on Open Book  as they discuss […]

Open Book: “To God the Father” by Katherine Mansfield

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Where is God in our 21st century world? Why do we call on Him? And why do we insist on making Him so small? Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton tackle these questions and more as they try to plumb the […]

Open Book: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

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What makes you “real”?  Does it hurt?  Are you in charge of it or is it dependent on others?  What’s love got to do with it? Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton share their thoughts on this lovely children’s book!  [is […]

Freedom of Prayer

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Sign the Petition Recently four women were detained at a holy site; the Western Wall, each for wearing a prayer shawl. The authorities say they were disturbing the public peace according to regulation 201 A4 of the Israeli legal code. […]

Open Book: George Herbert’s “Prayer”

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How do you describe something that is essentially indescribable? George Herbert takes on the subject of “Prayer” in a poem full of incandescent images and startling metaphors. Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton as they react to the poem and […]

Post Traumatic Spirituality

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Whether you call it growth or a spiritual awakening, trauma is good for your soul. Through trauma spirituality deepens, this is Post Traumatic Growth. My relationships and friendships are more dear to me than ever before.  I work to make […]

Open Book: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

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What does faith have to do with the holiday decorations in your lawn? Did you learn everything you needed to know about wisdom and knowledge in college? Can the devout faithful really drink wine and be considered “good”? And folks, […]

Flirt Like You Are in Love

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“Mercedes, You are a beautiful and loving woman. I wish I could know you.” I really did not think much of this at first.  While it was not the typical connection invitation it was quite lovely and respectful so I […]

Open Book: “Walking to Canterbury” by Jerry Ellis

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When author Jerry Ellis set off to follow in the footsteps of Chaucer’s famous pilgrims, he had no idea what lie ahead of him on the road to Canterbury: lessons in friendship, love, miracles and spirituality. Join Lori Strawn and […]

Divine Ecosystem

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The Divine Ecosystem moves with the utmost assurance that everything that is needed is provided for.  There is a natural flow.  Our part is to know with certainty that all is well. Where ever we go, whatever we do, all […]

Open Book: Prayer from Archbishop Oscar Romero

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What are we about in this life?  How do we grapple through the daily process of building the Kingdom of God when we may not see the work completed?  Should we even try?  Are you a worker bee or a […]

Opt In

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I stood in the middle of my kitchen with tears streaming down my face.  In my hands is a Federal Express envelope from Bank of America. Dear Ms. Warrick, We have a new program based on a settlement that was […]

Are You Worthy?

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Lots of web sites have suggestions about how to recycle old bras and panties into all sorts of interesting items. One suggests that as long as we are wearing clean underwear, we will never be without a coffee filter (No, […]

Open Book: Pearl by Mary Gordon

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Why is it life that we want? A potentially simple question has dramatic repercussions in Mary Gordon’s novel of faith and forgiveness, “Pearl.” Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton as they discuss issues like forgiveness, the act of witnessing and […]

Be One with Your Mountain

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Your mountain is part of the natural nature.  It ascends you to greater heights.  It shows you new direction.  It keeps you still.  What is your mountain showing you?  Is it time to climb upward and see horizons of beauty […]

Open Book: A Prayer for Owen Meany By John Irving

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Faith vs. intellectualism. Screamers vs. Silents. The world of faith is full of contradictions and questions. Owen Meany, protagonist of John Irving’s spririted novel, dares to ask the tough questions. Listen as Alice and Lori navigate the answers! LISTEN NOW!

Light Up Your Mountain

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My mother talks in a string of wisdoms…..  Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill is a favorite.  So the second part of Loving Your Mountain is to weigh the true importance of what it is you are […]

Be in Love with Your Mountain

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This morning I woke up early. I have been on the phone ever since. Many, many mountains are showing their beauty this morning. So… are you loving your mountains? Awhile ago Spirit guided me on how to become one in […]

Spirituality of a Garage Sale

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I just completed my second garage sale as I prepare to move into the unknown. I live in Las Vegas, at least for now. I am short selling my home with no idea of where I am going, how I […]

Open Book: Yann Martel’s “Beatrice and Virgil”

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This view of the Holocaust through the eyes of a howler monkey and a donkey will challenge your moral perceptions. What is repentence? How can a person achieve it? And how can we discuss — even honor — the horrors […]

The True Monastic Adventures of A Recovering City Girl

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By Corinna Nicolaou Chapter One In 2005, when I moved to a small town in the Pacific Northwest from the San Francisco Bay area, the pace of my daily life came to a screeching halt, but the activity in my […]

Open Book: “The Trial of God” by Elie Wiesel

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What would you do to handle all of the anger, rage, hurt and betrayal you feel if you lived through the Nazi death camps? Is there even a category for believing in God anymore? What has changed about God for […]

Good Without God?

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I have to wonder if I’m not more Christian than I realize—even though I grew up not attending church and have remained “unchurched” as an adult. I accept Jesus’ main teachings on an instinctual level, as do the people to […]

Open Book: Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

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In “Manifesto,” poet and farmer Wendell Berry provides plenty of fodder for thought about environmentalism, free thinking and living a moral life in a consumerist world. Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton for their take on right relationships, losing ones […]

Open Book: Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road”

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Ever wondered what America would be like if you were one of the few who survived an apocalyptic event? Would you know who to trust? Who would take care of you? Would you still have faith in God? Would anyone […]

Date With Jesus

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When my best friend Julie and I were 12, she confided in me a painful secret. We were walking home from school and I could sense something was wrong. It wasn’t like her not to tell me everything. Finally she […]

Does Religion Help?

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How is religion supposed to help us? I mean, deep down truly help us? As someone who grew up without it, I’m desperate to figure that out. After months and months of visiting places of worship, I’m beginning to see […]

Open Book: C.S. Lewis “Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold”

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C.S. Lewis takes the ancient myth of Cupid and Psyche and gives it a whole new message! Join Lori and Alice as they discuss God’s will for us and why it can often be difficult to discern. Here’s a couple […]

Book Review: The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow

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Imagine spending a year living among the poorest of the world’s poor: the African farmer. That’s what award-winning journalist Roger Thurow did beginning in the winter of 2011. He wrote the awe-inspiring book: The Last Hunger Season: A Year in […]

High on Religion

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In our culture, places of worship—churches or synagogues or temples or mosques—are the locations where religions are learned and practiced. Within those walls, people are building a relationship with God—or, at least, that’s what we’re led to believe. These are […]

Open Book: John Donne’s Holy Sonnet #9

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How can we be judged as sinful when we are what we were created to be? Is it a bad idea to be too assertive with God? Does mercy really come?  Join Lori and Alice today as they discuss the […]

Open Book: The Short Stories of Woody Allen

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Despite what you might think of Woody Allen as a human being, his work is almost uniformly hilarious. Often, he deals with his struggles with religion, God, and spirituality in a playful way. But “many a true word is spoken […]

Talking to God

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If God is beckoning from my memories, I decide to take a moment to look for Him there. My past is a series of images, a pile of disjointed scraps, not one obviously embossed with the divine. If I piece […]

Open Book: The Prayer of Saint Francis

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What an impact this diminutive friar born in 1821 in Assisi, Italy continues to have on our world!  When it comes to peace and living in right relationship, Lori and Alice agree that if he didn’t write the whole book, he […]

Learning How to Talk to God

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Just before Easter, I visited a Methodist church in my neighborhood. Officially, my religious affiliation is “None.” The number of religious services I attended growing up could fit on my fingers with enough left over for a peace sign. I […]

Open Book: “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou

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The title of this novel helps us know that even when life’s circumstances are difficult and limit our freedom to be ourselves, there is still something inside that helps us to find and use our voice.  Join Lori Strawn and […]

Altered Me

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“Help me to see the divine wisdom buried in my memories.” Once, in second grade, a friend and I were horsing around on a set of parallel bars in the school yard. I did one of those maneuvers where you […]

Open Book: “Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers”

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Fred Rogers, beloved children’s TV host and Presbyterian minister, spent a lifetime expressing his philosophy of love, acceptance and neighborly care. This little book, subtitled “Things to Remember Along the Way,” offers plenty of spiritual nourishment to people of all […]

Open Book: Freedom by Charles Peguy

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Free will. It’s a conundrum, isn’t it? Why were we endowed with it when it makes salvation more difficult? Explore God’s role in our everyday lives as Alice Shelton and Lori Strawn discuss the poem “Freedom” by author Charles Peguy. […]

Open Book: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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“The safest path to hell is the gradual one” writes Screwtape to his lesser-demon nephew Wormwood in this fascinating book by one of the great Christian writers.  Do you agree?  Does this make you nuts as you think about it?  […]

Open Book: Henri Nouwen’s “Bread for the Journey”

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Living in the present.  Possibility or phewy?   Having just enough light for what is right ahead in your life.  Short-sighted or suprisingly wise? Lori and Alice discuss a snippet from Henri Nouwen’s day by day prayer and meditation guide  “Bread […]

Open Book: “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire

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What is the nature of evil? Find out from someone who knows something about it, Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West! Join Lori and Alice as they question what makes someone evil and the effects of evil on the […]

Open Book: The Uses of Sorrow by Mary Oliver

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It is hard to go through times of sorrow in life, but they are necessary and perhaps even important to our overall growth and well-being.  Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton as they discuss Mary Oliver’s short but jam-packed poem […]

Good Virality

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Daily Quote “We are in great haste to celebrate something going viral, but seem completely unconcerned whether the thing that went viral added one iota of anything good.” Arianna Huffington

Pockets

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There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: “I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The […]

My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

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Feature Video The Beatles did plenty of spiritual seeking through their music. A solo George Harrison wrote and recorded “My Sweet Lord” in 1970 and continued the tradition. Regardless of religious beliefs, we’re all blessed to share in the musical […]

Ecclesiastes 3:11

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Daily Scripture “God has made everything beautiful in its time. God has also set eternity in the hearts of humans; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 You can’t air-brush your spirit or […]

Reflections

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I look in the mirror and see a jumble of flaws. Please, help me see myself as You see me: Perfect. Whole. Capable. Help me to view my defects as potential, my awkwardness as a different beauty. Prevent me from […]

Add Sweetness to Your Life

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In the land of green tea and tic-tac lunches, Lily finds it odd that there are so many stores lining Main street with calorie-laden goodies. The affluent suburb she lives in is a mecca for over-exercising and under-eating. It’s fashionable […]

What The Bible Means

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Daily Joke A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, “I know what the Bible means!” His father smiled and replied, “What do you mean, you ‘know’ what the Bible means?” The son replied, “I do […]

Astonishing Capability

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Daily Quote “If we did all the things that we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.” Thomas Edison

Giving Back

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As You’ve blessed me, help me be a blessing to others. Show me what I can bring to the table so someone else can have a better quality of life. Help me to share what I have, even if it’s […]

Kony 2012

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What is Kony 2012? Here’s the answers to your questions about Kony 2012: Who is Joseph Kony? Joseph Kony is the world’s worst war criminal. In 1987 he took over leadership of an existing rebel group and renamed it the […]

Pirket Avot: 2:16

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Daily Scripture It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world, but neither are you free to desist from it. Pirket Avot: 2:16 A person who is steeped in faith is accountable to God and her […]

A Child’s First Lesson About Evil

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Gavin is seven years old. He’s smart, outgoing, and positively adorable. Jason is Gavin’s dad. He’s smart, outgoing, and adorable too. Jason decided it was time Gavin learned more about what Daddy does when he goes to work. So like […]

Share Joy

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“To have joy one must share it.” – Lord Byron

Gladys Dunn

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Having just moved to town, Gladys Dunn decided that on the first Sunday, she’d visit the church nearest to her new apartment. She found herself in a pretty sanctuary, and as the service began, she enjoyed the music offered by […]

Daylight – John Mark McMillan

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Man and guitar – making music for the faithful, the seeker, and the sinner. John Mark McMillan, is a talented Christian artist who plucks and plays his way to deeper spiritual connections in “Daylight.” Daylight Lyrics – John Mark McMillan […]

Sacred Space

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There are eight million stories in the naked city, all of them overlapping. Help us find a way to take our homes with us, to carry them inside us so that we’re never lost. Create a mobile sacred space for […]

Leviticus 22:32

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“And I shall be sanctified in the midst of the children of Israel.” Leviticus 22:32 Lone wolf or member of the pack? There are advantages to praying in a group over solitary prayer. Certainly every situation is different. Yet in […]

Reaching the Spiritual Loner

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“I don’t need religion, I’m spiritual.” Robin was sitting in Barnes and Noble talking a little bit too loud to a younger lady standing next to her. They just finished listening to an author speak about his new book. The […]

Say “Ah”

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Daily Quote “When before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain, you pause and exclaim, “Ah,” you are participating in divinity.” – Joseph Campbell

You Know You Love Dogs When…

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Daily Joke You Know You Love Dogs When… You have a kiddie wading pool in the yard, but no small children. You have baby gates permanently installed at strategic places around the house, but no babies. The trash basket is […]

Matter of Faith – Peter Furler

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Feature Video As soon as we heard about this new music video by Christian artist Peter Furler, we were anxious to see it. The song has been gaining in popularity on the Winter Jam Tour, and it’s a great one. […]

Going Viral

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Daily Prayer Here’s my soul’s Status Update: I know the power of words. I’ve been wounded by an off-hand comment. I’ve been uplifted by unexpected praise. A bad attitude can be catching. From the sniffles of sarcasm to the contagion […]

Proverbs 12:22

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Daily Scripture The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. Proverbs 12:22 Can you kiss God on the lips? Maybe not exactly, but you can kiss God with your lips. Lips can smile, frown, and […]

Open Book: Before Women Had Wings by Connie May Fowler

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Take a look at salvation through the eyes of Bird, an abused child, in Connie May Fowler’s “Before Women Had Wings.” Lori and Alice will discuss such topics as: the God of the Old Testament versus the God of the […]

Leftover Lies

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There are little white lies, and great big bold-faced lies.  Somewhere in the middle is the kind of lie that Tricia got caught up in.  It started out with good intentions. Tricia and Dick were in New York, on the […]

No Limits to Growth

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Daily Quote There are no limits to growth, because there are no limits of human intelligence, imaginations, and wonder. – Ronald Reagan

IQ Guesser

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Daily Joke There was a certain restaurateur who was quite famous for being able to accurately guess people’s IQs. One night a man walked in and talked to him briefly and the restaurateur said, “Wow! You must have an IQ […]

Wings of Life – Louie Schwartzberg

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Feature Video God is in nature and nature is in the prayer. Flowers and pollinators come to life by artist Louie Schwartzberg. He does what he calls Moving Art. Schwartzberg uses time lapse photography to capture the incredible beauty of […]

Finding Time

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Daily Prayer It’s everywhere. Sitting on the bus or driving in the car. Waiting at the deli counter, number 56 in hand. Who knew 3 pounds of lean corned beef could get me closer to the promised land? Trapped inside […]

Psalm 50:23

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Daily Scripture The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God! Psalm 50:23 It’s a three-fer. Three vital cornerstones of faith in one psalm. Say […]

How Public Should Prayer Be?

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Surely you’ve seen them out in public. At Denny’s holding hands around the table, saying grace before the meal. When you’re at the airport hunting for an outlet, in the corner with heads covered chanting ferociously. They’re praying out loud […]

HMO Heaven

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Daily Joke A doctor, a nurse, and the top executive of an HMO have died and are in line together at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter speaks with them and asks them what good they have done in their lives. […]

Stand for Adversity

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Daily Quote “Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.” – Elvis Presley

Hallelujah – Shalev Menashe

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Feature Video Yes, this is one more version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. But you ain’t heard nothing until you hear Hallelujah sung in the Holy language. Shalev Menashe, is a young Israeli boy who sings Hallelujah in his native Hebrew. […]

Tracking You

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Daily Prayer There’s a lesson in here somewhere. It’s in everything I do, but camouflaged as it may be, I hunt for clues along the way. Through waiting, I learn patience and the meaning of divine timing. Through loss, I […]

Hebrews 13:1

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Daily Scripture Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Hebrews 13:1 When you let your loving nature slip away, you’re dissing the One who gave it to you. Hebrews 13:1 reminds you to keep on loving one another […]

Enjoying the Annoying People

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Is there someone in your life who knows how to push your buttons? Can he or she make you mad with a single word? You’re not alone. There are tons of infuriating people in this world driving their family and […]

Infinite Hope

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Daily Quote “Finite disappointment comes with life but we must never lose infinite hope.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Seventeen Chapters of Mark

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Daily Joke A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the Gospel of Mark.  To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read tall of the chapters of scripture beforehand.” The following Sunday, […]

Paul Baloche – The Same Love

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Feature Video Picture yourself in a large auditorium with thousands of faith-filled people gathering to worship. “The same love that opened eyes to see is calling us all by name…” Insert Paul Baloche, leading the crowd in musical prayer with […]

One Soft and Certain Voice

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I feel as though I am at everyone’s beck and call. I am surrounded by a chorus of needs and I cannot hear myself anymore. I cannot hear You. I want to give to my family, to my friends, to […]

Proverbs 15:1

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Daily Scripture A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 Whoever came up with the childhood diddy about sticks and stones, has never been on the receiving end of harsh words, spoken in […]

Funny Couples

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Who took the fun out of making fun of somebody? Most people lose their taste for a cheap laugh and opt-out when it comes to embarrassing another person for the sake of a chuckle. Not Chad. He is full speed […]

When You’re Hit By Life

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Daily Quote “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” – Steve Jobs

Tough Old Cowboy

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Daily Joke A tough old cowboy from Eastern Oregon  counseled his grandson that if he wanted to live a long life the secret was to sprinkle a pinch of gun powder on his oatmeal every morning. The grandson did this […]

Live Before You Die – Bon Jovi

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Feature Video It may seem strange to get advice on living before you die from the “Dick Clark” of rock stars, ever-young Jon Bon Jovi. But in “Live Before You Die” Bon Jovi dishes it out and he does it […]

Biological Clock

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Daily Prayer Trying not to see it as some great mystery or some kind of cosmic test, but just give me some idea. Okay, a sign. Are we not meant to have children? We’re a loving couple, completely attuned to […]

Genesis 47:9

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Daily Scripture And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “My journey through life has lasted 130 years. The days of my life have been few and hard. I did not live as long as my fathers did through their pilgrimage through life.” […]

Life On Your Own Terms

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Six days, six doctors. That’s what Aunt Beryl’s life has become. She’s an old lady but don’t ever let her hear you say it. She’s fighting the clock and hanging on to every dribble of life lubricating estrogen. Her eighty-seventh […]

Open Book: Sarah Orne Jewett’s “The Country of Old Firs”

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Lori and Alice discuss the importance of simplicity in daily life as they share quotations from the lovely novel “The Country of Old Firs” by Sarah Orne Jewett set in nineteenth century Maine. LISTEN NOW!  

Greater Than Any Obstacle

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Daily Quote “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you greater than any obstacle.” – Christian Larson

Simple Operation

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Daily Joke A man was wheeling himself frantically down the hall of the hospital in his wheelchair, just before his operation. A nurse stopped him and asked, “What’s the matter?” He said, “I heard the nurse say, ‘It’s a very […]

You Found Me – The Fray

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Featured Video For all the searchers out there, here is “You Found Me” by the Fray. In this deeply moving ballad, it starts out with the declaration, “I found God.” It doesn’t take long for The Fray to set the […]

Simple Sign

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Daily Prayer Tonight, I am full of uncertainties: rushing water, rocks and loosened stones. Above me, stars reach connecting pieces of my scattered life, forming constellations of doubt. But when all is quiet, I hear the creek pulsing outside my […]

Ruth 1:9

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Daily Scripture “May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.” Ruth 1:9 Defying all mother-in-law jokes, scripture from the Book of Ruth; 1:9, is about a grieving woman who tells her […]

No Replacement

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Her Dad remarried three years after Mom died. It was painful all around. Her parents had a storybook love affair. Mom was perfect, his new wife is not. When #2 came into their lives, they were sad, hurt, and completely […]

Outlast Life

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Daily Quote “The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” – William James

Someone Like You – Adele

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Feature Video God is in the glory of a talented musician and songwriter. Adele emanates God’s spirit as she touches the souls of so many with her keen insight on affairs of the heart. “Someone Like You” tells a story; […]

You Know

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Daily Prayer Only You can say what I need. I think I know:  this job, that house, this person that I say I love. But only You can say what I need. I do know what I want: to trust […]

Proverb 4:23

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Daily Scripture Above all else, keep your heart, with all diligence. For it determines the course of your life. Proverb 4:23 It’s not enough to “go with your heart.” God gave mind and spirit to keep us in balance. Bad […]

Passion’s Spark

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She has a fear of infidelity. Jen isn’t worried about her husband being unfaithful; she’s worried about herself. It’s completely irrational. Jen and Tom have a great marriage. In seventeen years she has never felt remotely tempted. But she watched […]

The Lord Will Provide

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One day in a small town during really stormy weather, the town begins to flood. Everyone rushes to lifeboats and begins to flee. But in a church a priest sits on the alter and does not move. A man runs […]

Life is the Creation of Mind

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Daily Quote “What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” Buddha

Hallelujah Horse

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Daily Joke A man was passing through a small town and wanted to upgrade his mode of transportation. So he looked all around this small town he was in and found that the only place he could buy a faster […]

You and Me – One Two

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Feature Video Sometimes you just need a quirky happy love song to pray with. You and Me is about relationship, companionship, and devotion. Sound like the spirit of your prayers? Enjoy the feature video of up and coming musical artists, […]

Awake

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I can’t sleep at night; I can’t bear feeling alone. I don’t know what I should do; I feel so uneasy. I have within me a hunger to know You. To know You in my mind, my heart, my spirit, […]

Psalm 150:1-2

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Daily Scripture Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Psalm 150:1-2 Hallelujah! We say it over and over but what does Hallelujah really […]

360 Degrees of Participation

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She found herself in a very different kind of prayer group than what she was used to. Kay is a quiet kind of pray-er and these women were downright boisterous. As in, AMEN! YOU SAY IT SISTER!! And YESSSSSS – […]

Someone Else’s Change

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Daily Quote “You may think that if someone else doesn’t change, you can never be happy. But if you change, you can be happy no matter what.” – Joyce Meyer

Mountain of Wishes

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Daily Joke Three men visit the mountain of wishes where, if you jump off and say your wish you’ll get it. So the first guy jumps and says I wanna be famous, POOF he’s famous. The second guy jumps and […]

Mountain of God – Third Day

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Feature Video For anyone who feels loneliness, loss, or desperation, “Mountain of God” is just the thing to comfort you, lift you up and help you to move your mountain. Third Day is magnificent when they play and perform this […]

Deuteronomy 30:19

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Daily Scripture  “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19 […]

Family Complete

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Daily Prayer I have already lost a baby. I have already lost holidays with a little one. I have lost peanut butter fingerprints in the kitchen and unidentifiable globs left in tiny pockets. I have lost a first date, a […]

God Squad

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The God Squad takes on evil, fights injustice and upholds the values of the people. Not to be confused with Linc, Pete, and Julie from the Mod Squad, The God Squad rights wrongs through a syndicated column. Not wrongs exactly, […]

Antidote to Arrogance

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Daily Quote “The antidote to arrogance: When you meet people, instead of examining them for faults, seek out the quality in which they are superior to you, and from which you can learn.” – Joseph Telushkin

Thirsty Visitor

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Daily Joke A Texan is visiting Israel, and feeling thirsty, he stops at a house along  the road. “Can you give me a drink of water?” asks the Texan. “Of course,” says the Israeli, and invites the Texan to come […]

Ave Maria – Joshua Bell

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Feature Video Joshua Bell is a master with the violin. He could play an Archie’s hit and make it sound grand. Give him the music of Ave Maria to play on his violin, and the result is a prayerful experience […]

Light in the Depths

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Daily Prayer Down here where only the lantern-fish swim, too deep for sun to penetrate, I see a glint. It is You, reaching for me through the churning seas, a hand to pull me back to the surface and into […]

Proverbs 4:12

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Daily Scripture “Your step will not be hampered.” Proverbs 4:12 She walks with purpose…click, clack… her heels hit the ground with determination. Proverbs 4:12 assures her that her “steps will not be hampered.” God provides direction, removes obstacles and is […]

Virtuoso

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He’s standing in a D.C. subway station, his hair is messy, and his violin is old. He’s a young fella, playing classical music with intense concentration. He made $32 for forty-five minutes of doing what he loves to do best, […]

Lemons

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Daily Joke A woman went to a Florida lemon grove to apply for a job, but the foreman thought she seemed way too qualified for the position. “Do you even have any actual experience picking lemons?” he asked. “Well, I […]

Constant Effort

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Daily Quote “Constant and determined effort breaks down our resistance and sweeps away all obstacles.” Claude M. Bristol

Every Breath You Take – The Police

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Feature Video Every breath you take is given to you by God. Sting’s old band, The Police, sing of it in the popular classic song “Every Breath You Take.” The lyrics are clear, “Every breath you take, Every move you […]

Psalm 22:10

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Daily Scripture On You I was cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Psalm 22:10 Are we born with our faith or is it something we grow into? The answer may be within […]

Another Year, Another Birthday

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Today I reflect on another year gone by. 365 days of living and loving, of rising and falling, of questioning and answering, of sharing and safeguarding, of learning and stretching, of succeeding and stumbling, of laughing and mourning, of giving […]

Happy Birthday Mrs. Doyle

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Lucinda’s mother was only 9 years old. When we were kids we laughed about her age and thought it was very cool that Mrs. Doyle had a birthday on leap year. The calendar kept her young. What about the rest […]

Faith is the Bird

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Daily Quote Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. – Rabindranath Tagore

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