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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How much loyalty do I owe my boss?

Thank you for your valuable insight into how the world really works. It has proven true time and again in my life as you would expect.  I have been offered a position with a competing company in my industry that pays more and offers a benefit package. In addition my new partner is a harder

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Say Little and Lead Much

Leaders enjoy many benefits.  People seen as leaders get promoted and opportunities come their way.  Parents whose children respect them as leaders have more functional families.   But how do you begin the process of getting others to see you as a leader? We have all seen leadership in action.  Perhaps one participant at a

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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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Behind Every Great Man…

Quick! Is this a complimentary statement or an insult? “Behind every great man stands a great woman.” I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking about this phrase. How exactly do I feel about it? While I haven’t tried this experiment, I conjecture that if you asked college students what they think of those words,

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Can you give too much?

Question: First I would like to say thank you for what you do. My question is how much is too much when a Christian does good things for others? My mom does so much for people she knows and I am happy about that. But sometimes I feel like she overdoes it.  I know the

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