Year: 2020

Am I my brother’s weight-management keeper?

Thank you so much for your teachings. It has really helped me understand how to connect with people, make the world a better place, and be rewarded with ‘certificates of appreciation’ in the process. I’m a little conflicted right now, though, and so I’m reaching out to see if you can offer me some ancient...

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Permission to Mourn

‘Your Mother’s Guidance’ by Rebecca Masinter After Joseph was sold to Egypt, his father, Jacob, was told that his son had been ripped apart by a wild animal. Jacob mourned deeply.  We’re told “vayisabel al bno yamim rabim,” “he mourned for his son for many days. “ Over time, his children tried to comfort him. ...

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Fire Up the Blender

Successful living often involves blending two incompatibles.  For instance, raising great children means parenting with the perfect mix of tough, firm discipline and gentle, yielding compassion.  In running a business, entrepreneurs must exquisitely blend ‘the customer is always right’ with ‘some customers are not worth having.’  In courting, smart men and women combine ‘you’re the...

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Sabbath Observance and Making a Living

As I dive into old testament principles, I find myself making more and more changes in my life.  One of the changes I did this year that I need some teaching and encouragement on is the Sabbath.  My wife and I own a small business clothing retailer.  This year, we decided to close on Sundays...

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Real Relationships

If I was to paraphrase Samuel Coleridge’s ancient mariner’s words, “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink,” I might say, “Friends, friends everywhere and not a one to trust.” There are many reasons that relationships, including those of friendship, marriage, and business are in trouble today. Social media leads us to think we...

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One Gift Is Worth a Thousand Words

There is so much about which to write. The great loss sustained by America as Dr. Walter E. Williams died this week, the ongoing election drama, and COVID-19 among much else. Instead, I am bringing back this piece from 2009. In the final analysis, while the fortunes of countries and individuals wax and wane, often...

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I’m confused. What’s the added value proposition?

I signed up for the We Happy Warriors, but do not understand how it fits in with the website. Yesterday, I received a pitch for “Special Access”, but again, I do not understand how this fits in with the communications I have been receiving, Thought Tools, Susan’s Musings, etc. Are they going away? Or is...

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A Finished Product?

A ‘Your Mother’s Guidance’ post by Rebecca Masinter Names in the Bible are not just names, When the twins, Yaakov and Eisav (Jacob and Esau) are born, their names don’t only reflect their physical traits but spiritual ones as well.  Eisav’s name is from the word “asui”, meaning, made or finished. Yaakov was named from...

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Taste the Difference?

One of the signs of a COVID infection is a loss of smell and taste. Compared to other complications of disease this may be minor, but it would be a mistake to underestimate the impact. Possibly, only once we function without smell and taste, do we fully appreciate God’s blessing to us in providing us...

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The Press Secretary vs. The Homemaker

Will you join me in a  thought experiment? Imagine that I proudly identify as an artist. (I did say that this was a thought experiment and so it does require imagination.) If at the end of my days, my art lives on, carrying my values into the future, I will consider myself as having lived...

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