Is There a Cry Room Anywhere?

I grew up practicing a different faith. As a teenager, I remember looking up at the back of the chapel and seeing a cry room on the upper level, with a large, plate-glass window. When you brought a baby or toddler to church, one not old enough to attend Sunday School or Nursery during the main church meeting, you took your baby and or toddlers to this room. You could hear the sermon and other parts of the service through a speaker system, but no one could hear you or your little ones. I also...
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Is Kindness For Everyone A Possibility?

Some people think those who are kind to a fault are weak, too mousey to ever do anything bold, fight back, or are fraidy cats...the list of labels is long. But when kindness is a choice--and it always is--there is nothing weak about it. It is a sign of strength, of maturity, a decision to embody the golden rule. The irony in choosing to be kind is that it can bring about world peace, that inside-joke of an answer to every beauty pageant question, and what world leaders, the media and pretty much...
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Finding Peace in Trying Times

There is no store where we can buy a “pound of peace,” nor a restaurant where it’s featured as an à la carte item and we can have it simply by saying, “I’d like a piece of peace please, with a scoop of extra time on top!” If only it were that easy... Peace and a life that is less stressful, gerbil-in-the-wheel and is more satisfying, puddle-jumping-on-a-rainy-spring-day is available to “purchase,” but the “coin of the realm” isn’t dollars and cents, it’s desire, a recognition that you can dir...
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Can I Be Strong and Tender?

Women in today’s world seem to be caught between two, diverse camps--the be-tough-like-men group and the keep-your-femininity-at-all-costs. I’m not sure why we find ourselves at either extreme, or why anyone is trying to tell us that we have to choose one or the other to be “real” women. I, for one, am not buying that. I think it is a dangerous concept and does not take into consideration all the varieties of women who are different ages, at different stages in life, have unique or diverse ci...
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Where Did I Put My Funny Bone?

When you feel like your heart is breaking and your burdens are so heavy that you want to collapse, pull the gray blanket of doom over your head and give it all up, it’s time to find your funny bone. Not that life should be one big laugh fest, because there are times that require a focused, objective and practical approach to difficult situations or trials that come our way unbidden. And there are times when life deals you a hand that includes unfair, unkind, traumatic, disappointing or devast...
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