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On gratitude

As you start this week, remember as you watch the other parents in your co-op or the carpool line who seem to have their act together that they, too, have their own little human insecurities. When your old oven misbehaves, or the butt in your jeans is just a little too tight, remember that new (read more…)

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Weekend links

The secret success of bloggers :: The Inspired Room Teen to government: change your typeface, save millions :: CNN There is no that :: Fizzle 25 charts of negotiation styles around the world :: Business Insider Ford’s parody of Cadillac’s “Poolside” commercial we all hated :: AdWeek “The more we let God take us over, (read more…)

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Ignatian examen: a practice of daily reflection

I work full time as a minister, charged with nurturing the spiritual lives of young families – yet I cannot seem to get a handle on the spiritual life of my own young family. I have grand intentions. This is, of course, part of the problem. Spirituality is especially vulnerable to our tendency to let (read more…)

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Learning the insurance world: it’s a grownup thing to do

Figuring out life as an adult often requires some un-learning (or re-learning) of things we thought we knew. As my husband and I researched our insurance options last year, we were surprised to learn which kind of coverage we actually needed to best manage our risk. Your needs might vary from ours, but we thought (read more…)

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Prayer for the mother of adolescents

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice” – St. Francis of Assisi Five years ago, I worked part time teaching one sixth grade home-economics class at the end of the day. Sixth grade is often the turning point for a lot of kids – it is the year that the adolescent insecurities begin (read more…)

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