Year: 2013

Being Hated, Don’t Give Way to Hating

Ken Hutcherson started life being hated by those who did not know him but who disliked him based on the color of his skin. Much changed during his life, but not the ability of many to hate those they do not know. The Seattle Times wrote the following on Dec. 18, as news of his...

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Still Different After All These Years

Recently, the New York Times ran an article featuring highly successful women on Wall Street and their stay-at-home husbands. I found the piece annoying, not because of the couples themselves, but because of what I, correctly or not, read as a patronizing tone by the journalists. In an age where marriage is optional and having...

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How Can I Keep Track of Ukraine When I Can’t Get Through Dickens?

It boggles my mind sometimes to think that Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, Common Sense or Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison’s Federalist Papers were aimed at ordinary men and women. Do you know anyone who thinks their modern equivalents would achieve best-seller status if issued today, as they did in their time? I think it...

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Huff, #%&(%#, Puff

When I signed up for an exercise class, a number of things worried me. Would I end up wasting money by paying a monthly fee and not attending? Would my ratty T-shirts brand me as a fashion nerd? Would the class resemble elementary school gym, where a misstep made you the butt of cruel laughter?...

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Would You Rah-ther…?

See FREE SHIPPING offer at the bottom! Some of our children used to love to play a somewhat morbid game called, “Would you rah-ther?” That is “rather” but with an exaggerated British accent. They would ask each other questions such as, “Would you rah-ther have no hands or no feet?” and “Would you rah-ther live...

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Ted Cruz Fireworks

As I write this, I am at a Wallbuilders conference in Dallas, where my husband is speaking. I have just come back to the room after hearing Ted Cruz. Do you remember the tense weeks back in 2000 when the Bush/Gore election was undecided? A Bush-supporting acquaintance of mine confessed that she and her Gore-championing...

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Smoke and Mirrors

How often do we hear or read something that makes no logical sense? This probably happens much more frequently than we realize, since our attention moves quickly to the next item assaulting our senses. Since we don’t closely analyze the barrage of messages coming our way, we are rarely aware of how much nonsense we...

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When Loving Children Isn’t Enough

My husband and I flew home from Dallas a short while ago after a week filled with appearances, including our multi-day presentation on marriage and money. Two tired travelers, an evening flight and a crowded plane suggested that zoning out was the best strategy. I had never heard of the movie being shown, Way, Way...

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The Buck Doesn’t Stop Here

When did Harry Truman’s motto, “The buck stops here,” turn into Barack Obama’s pass the buck, “Nobody’s madder than me that the website isn’t working as it should”? Does anyone truly believe that Barack Obama is more upset about the disastrous Obamacare rollout than the woman battling cancer who lost her insurance because of his...

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Union Bashing?

After a business trip to Denver and a month in Israel that was a wonderful combination of being with family, celebrating the holidays and more work, it has taken me a while to dig through accumulated mail. Coping with jet lag and fighting a not-very-successful battle against a bug I picked up on the plane...

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