Five Minute Friday

The Complete Guide to Breaking Vegetarian

Coming Soon! The Complete Guide to Breaking Vegetarian! Part of self-care involves the way we treat our physical selves—and that means more than just a complete exercise regimen. What we put into our body can help us or hurt us, too. Next month, I’ll have a 31-day series on ‘breaking vegetarian.’ You might think it odd that a life-long vegetarian would have anything to say about giving up meat. But I’ll give you an insider’s look at healthy and healthy…

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Why Jesus Made the Woman Talk to the Crowd

The Woman and the Crowd The woman slunk through the crowd, knowing full well her uncleanliness made her a pariah. What if a neighbor noticed and raised a ruckus? What if she brushed against someone else, passing her uncleanliness on to unsuspecting spectators in the jostling crowd. Physician after physician had prescribed their questionable remedies. Eat this. Don’t eat that. Purge your heart of unrepented sins and offer sacrifices in the temple. Nothing helped. If only she could quietly reach…

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What Happens When We Give Up Control?

I Can’t Control the Rain Each evening I take a walk by the gully, around the back of the school property. Sometimes, lightning flashes on the horizon, and rain clouds threaten. After a hard rain, the mud shrivels as it dries, leaving a curled-edge puzzle scattered across the gully flats. The desert sun beats down and dries the clay-like mud that shatters if you toss or step on it. This year seems different. The monsoons came late and the desert…

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How Loyalty Can Ruin Your Need for Self-Care

Can Loyalty be a Bad Thing? First, let’s look at the definition of the word loyalty (noun): the quality or state of being loyal. Loyal, the root of loyalty, means the quality of being unswerving in allegiance to a country, person, or cause. On the surface, loyalty looks like a good thing, right? Maybe. I know for a fact that loyalty to my husband caused me to gain 55 pounds and lose my health for three years. When he experienced…

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Why You Need to Learn How to Lead Like a Woman

This week’s installment of Self-Care Sunday delves into the academic realm. Your kids aren’t the only ones who can go back to school this month! Learn how to lead so people will follow. If you click on a link to a book, please know that I’m an Amazon affiliate (but it won’t change the price of the book). Lead Like a Woman Don’t get me wrong. Some men are great leaders, and some women are horrible leaders. But this summer…

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Why I Celebrate the Anniversary of a Bad Month

Remember Your Journey August means hummingbird migration. It also means it’s time to celebrate. Not the hummingbirds so much as what happened four years ago. In fact, on this fourth anniversary of our horrible, no good, very bad August, I reflect in wonder at the amazing grace of God. Four years ago, our youngest daughter, Sarah, texted us that she was having horrible thoughts. Thoughts about going for a walk on a lonely country road at night and stepping in…

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13 Things to Do When Your Haircut Turns Out Horrible

The Saga Begins I opened my hotel room door and glanced in the mirror. Big mistake. Nothing had changed in the previous hour. Tears sprang to my eyes again. It would take more than an hour to repair the damage. In fact, it might take a year or two before I would look in the mirror and see myself again. I should have cancelled my haircut appointment when my Prius lost power. When I glanced at my GPS, I knew…

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In What Way do You Let Freedom Grow in Your Life?

Since it’s July, I’m continuing the theme of freedom! Summer Freedom It seemed as if it took way too long for the final bell to ring in the start of summer. I joked around with my students and asked them about their summer plans. Many of them offered to go to Alaska with me, ‘just in case you need company.’ “There’s no way you’d enjoy hanging out with an old lady for hours on end in a small car,” I…

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What Have We Done to the New Colossus (Lady Liberty)?

Proud to be an American I grew up thinking that I lived in the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave.’ My great country, the United States of America, had symbols and icons that proved this theory. As a country we have done a stellar job in instilling national pride through symbolism into our children. The colors that Betsy Ross stitched into Old Glory represent hardiness and valor (red), purity and innocence (white), vigilance, perseverance, and justice…

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The Best Vacation Destination for a Family Fourth of July

If You Happen to Vacation in Alaska If you happen to find yourself in Alaska on vacation on the Fourth of July, you’ll want to make sure and take a trip out to Seldovia. I should mention that taking a trip to Seldovia takes planning, since no roads lead to the town. You can travel by ferry, water taxi, or air taxi. My parents and I boarded the Discovery at 10:00 and took the scenic tour across Kachemak Bay. Victoria,…

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