Valentine’s Day is a time set aside for couples. In the U.S.A, we exchange about 190 million cards each February 14 (not including hundreds of millions traded by school children), and that’s ...

Children are a blessing. No one doubts that, unless, of course, it’s on a day when our loved ones challenge us to exasperation. Children tend to do that. Our preschooler fights to establish ...

Families. If we have a good one, we have a support structure that can buoy us through the toughest circumstances of our lives. If our family becomes fractured, it can weigh us down like an ...

There’s a saying that behind every successful man is a good woman. Oprah Winfrey says to think like a queen, because a queen isn’t afraid to fail. Ayn Rand famously said, “The question ...

It’s said that the tick of the clock is relative. It’s true. It is. Time elapses at different rates. Don’t believe it? Sit through an interoffice meeting, one where everyone is expected to ...

Take a page from a gardener’s handbook. Preparation is the key to growing a good garden. If we want a wall of roses, a carpet of grass, and shade trees in the heat of summer, we need to prepare ...

Many things can be important to us. Our spouse. Oh, that’s a good one, to have a person we’ve searched for from youth, someone to hold us and support us in our time of need. Things with ...

It’s natural to avoid conflict. We want to go along to get along. Who can understand the person who creates disruption just to get a rise out of people? There’s enough trouble for today without ...

No one steps in mud on purpose. Or falls off the dock or burns their hand. They’re called accidents for a reason. They are unintentional, and we avoid them whenever possible. Yet, adrenalin ...

Responsibility can be overwhelming. We have our family to care for, bills to pay, and we can’t let our retirement planning slip for even one day. Then there’s our house to maintain, the family ...

Ownership can mute our enjoyment of things. We become caught up in paying the bills for repairs or having to juggle our time spent in maintenance. We look at our new car and despair at the payment ...

Good parenting doesn’t mean we constantly applaud our children. If we go overboard in the praise arena, our kids become callous to our enthusiasm, and it takes an ever-higher level of praise to ...

We look across the world at devastations that move us to help. An earthquake in Mexico. Volcanic activity in Indonesia. Drought in Africa. All these are worthy projects for us to jump into, for our ...
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