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Tiers System Impacts Children

I’ve heard it said that if you look at where you spend your money, it will show your priorities. I have two: my children (big kids are expensive) and Diet Mountain Dew, which I’m trying desperately to give up but think about all the time. I just love that stuff! North...

Resilience Helps Avert Abuse

I keep running across this story of resilience where a young woman is telling her mother about some problems in her life. While she is talking, her mother boils three pots of water. In one pot she places carrots, in another she places an egg, and in the third coffee...

A resolution on behalf of kids

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to tuck 2016 away for the memory book. The year was full of loss mingled in with blessings. That’s just life, I suppose. I’m choosing to focus on the latter. For a variety of reasons, this isn’t always the most...

Help a family this holiday season

As I type this, I’m still basking in the glow of an excellent Thanksgiving. I didn’t know what to expect going in — except I knew it would be different with my family scattered here and there. Different turned out to be excellent. We were nonstop and in six short days...

Transportation equals opportunity

Thank goodness I looked down at my gas gauge! When I saw the words “0 miles to empty” glaring up at me, I was thankful I could see a gas station up ahead. I have a couple of bad driving habits. Nearly running out of gas is one of them. When the “50 miles to empty”...