Lessons on Fat Reduction or What I Did During Christmas Vacation

During my sixth grade year in 1975, Miss Baker [not her real name] was the P.E. teacher for our self-contained classroom.  She was an athletically stocky woman in her thirties with a soft voice and a motherly attitude.  During sunny days she took us outside to experience a variety of team sports activities.  On rainyContinue reading “Lessons on Fat Reduction or What I Did During Christmas Vacation”

Why I Love Libraries

When I was a college student, I worked as a library page at a public library.  I loaded and shelved books for the Book Mobile Department, supervised by four ladies in their sixties.  These ladies could have been characters in a southern gothic novel.  One was grandmotherly and chipper, one was sarcastically witty, one wasContinue reading “Why I Love Libraries”

Happy Holidays for the Anxiety-prone

For those of us with anxious tendencies, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other seasonal holidays can present their share of tensions as we deal with our own expectations and people overwhelm.  The fact that we want to enjoy these times, can make the experience even more stressful.  These are the points in life when we need toContinue reading “Happy Holidays for the Anxiety-prone”

If He has not given us the spirit of fear, why am I still anxious?

For many of us who struggle with anxiety, spiritual references provide a more objective source of comfort during anxious times—a tool much more stable than the voices taunting us in our heads.  One Bible verse that brings us solace is from 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, butContinue reading “If He has not given us the spirit of fear, why am I still anxious?”


Relevant: adj. practical and especially socially applicable. Truth: n. that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Adulterate: v. render (something) poorer in quality by adding another substance, typically an inferior one. What do we mix with the truth we give our children? If the goal is to make the truth entertaining, does it remain true? IfContinue reading “Relevance”