Category Archives: family

Touch a Memory: Mantel with Mugs


The dining room mantel in our home was a place to display precious things — like the watering pot hand-decorated by my mother’s painting teacher and the black pitcher that was among the “mid-century modern” she collected before she ended … Continue reading

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Welcoming the Prodigals Among Us


A well-dressed woman, reflecting on today’s sermon illustration about a prodigal, told our pastor: “You know, I was a runaway, too. When I came home, my mother said the family was happier without me.” Continue reading

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Visiting ‘Home’ After My Mother’s Death


What brought me to tears on this visit was seeing that the chest freezer is still stocked with cookies Mom baked. Dad’s not eating them. I would guess that when the cookies are gone, Mom will finally and completely be gone, and Dad’s not ready to let that happen. Continue reading

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You Can Enjoy Life All the Way Into Your 80s!


“Life is long. You never know what will happen next!” Morgan Freeman, 79, Academy Award winning actor Top “voice” actor in documentaries and animations All my life, I’ve looked forward to being old enough that I’d be at least relatively … Continue reading

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God Rewards a Disobedient and Unsubmitted Wife


At the time I am writing, family relationships are one of the several subjects that have become a litmus test of faith in American Christianity. God’s story of life in God’s family, as depicted in the Bible, is much more nuanced … Continue reading

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