Month: March 2017

Too Much Choice?

A favorite children’s book in our house was, Who Put the Pepper in the Pot? It describes how, as a pot of soup simmered on the stove, each passing family member added a pinch of pepper. Not surprisingly, by the time dinner was served, the soup was inedible. A pinch of pepper adds zest to …

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Have you heard this week’s podcast yet?

The pic is me waiting for my wife to finish shopping in the village of Gibsons, British Columbia and other than conjuring up a magically beautiful day, has nothing whatsoever to do with the important topic of male female relationships. So, moving on, which story is more realistic, “Cinderella” or its opposite, “The Princess and …

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Let’s Hate Everyone

One of the basic tenets of raising children (or dealing with adults) is to notice and reward good behavior more than catching and punishing bad behavior. Smiles and frowns are both contagious, but spreading one leads to a happier world while the other makes everything seem worse. We seem to have a frenzied flap over …

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Should I pay for chores or give an allowance?

  As my children help with chores around the house, should I reward them for the work done or give an allowance instead? Thanks, Doland B. Answer:  Dear Doland, Ask ten parents this question and you will likely receive ten different  answers. Ask one parent at ten different times in his or her children’s life …

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Leaning Left

One of my granddaughters recently completed a homeschool assignment requiring her to tell a fairy tale from the point of view of one of the minor characters. She did a wonderful job relating Jack and the Beanstalk from Jack’s mother’s perspective. I think she may have a future in journalism. I regularly scan a variety …

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Ever Wonder About the Protocols of the Elders of Zion?

The synagogue I was privileged to plant and serve in California had a ball team that played in a local league. We called our synagogue ball team, “The Elders of Zion”. Since this is the name of one of history’s most notorious anti-Semitic forgeries, not everyone was amused but the team thrived and gradually people …

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