It’s an extreme understatement to note that this has been a very unusual year. We’re not sure how the rest of you in the US decided to celebrate (or not celebrate) the Thanksgiving holiday, but we started in October. Yep, over a month early, and the festivities continue with no end in sight! Hey, gratitude…

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I once read that washing clothes is as easy as taking them off, throwing them on the floor, waiting a few days for mom to pick them up, then tossing them into a machine, and remembering to push a couple of buttons. Obviously, this is an oversimplification of doing the family laundry.   For thousands…

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In December of 1967, I was living in the small city of Bergamo in Northern Italy. It was a beautiful place, located in the foothills of the Alps. The people living in this community were friendly and hospitable to our group of young American boys (19 – 21 years old). We were living in a…

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With days turning to weeks, how are you faring during our COVID 19 pandemic? Isolating with our families and from our communities offers both challenges and opportunities. Consider this story about Cal’s experience several years ago:   My first wife, Carol, had been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The doctor told her she probably had…

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As adults, we are being bombarded with daily, even hourly news that is rapidly changing the world we live in. As we try to adjust and adapt, no matter how hard we try to set up a new normal in our homes, our children’s routines are being disrupted. Change can be particularly challenging for kids…

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Dr. Worthen was the country doctor who operated on my elbow after I fell off a horse and dislocated it. When he took off the cast he suggested to my grandmother that I carry a milk bucket full of rocks around the farm. He explained this would help straighten my arm. The torture began as…

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