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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When I was younger I was a boy scout, and I have positive, fun filled memories as well as memories of drudgery and mental torture. I learned from both. My most vivid scouting memory occurred when I was 16 or 17 on an overnight snowshoe hike to a cabin belonging to an uncle of one…

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