I Hate My Voice

By Merrill What does my voice really sound like? I don’t know. You tell me. Everybody else has. I would guess that the majority of people aren’t comfortable with the sound of their own voice, at least when they hear a recorded version. I’ve heard actors and actresses say they can’t bear to watch themselves on the screen. Check. I wouldn’t be able to do it either, but I haven’t been offered any acting jobs, so it’s a moot point. I’ve hated the sound of my voice my entire life, and I’...
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How Do You Get Over Feelings of Inadequacy?

By Mallory M “Your throat feels enlarged. I think you should see your doctor.” These words from my dentist were concerning. Later, when I visited my doctor he told me he could indeed feel some nodules in my neck and recommended that I have a biopsy. These words would change my life. The next week I went in for the biopsy and the week after that we got the results. The doctor told me I had Papillary Thyroid Cancer. It is said that we are our worst critics. This is certainly true in my case....
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My Autistic Nephew Saved a Man’s Life

By Terri B Elliot has autism, is seven years old, and is very strong and curious. He has been known to find his way into unlocked back doors and explore the homes of unsuspecting neighbors. He is quite the escape artist and doesn’t have a sense of danger. Molly, my sister, prays every day for God to protect her son and help her keep him alive. The up-high lock on the basement sliding glass door that kept Elliot inside, broke and was waiting a replacement. Usually it was almost impossible f...
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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 Suffering Lead to Growth

By Andrew R. I remember the summer before I became a senior in high school. I had a very good friend who quite enjoyed hiking. He convinced me to come with his little brother and him on a backpacking trip to hike King’s Peak, a 13,528 foot tall mountain. As invincible 17-year-old “men,” we thought that this would be an easy task to undertake. The first day of the hike the three of us set out full of energy and feeling very ambitious. I remember reflecting how we were able to climb with ease a...
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How Can I Protect My Children?

By: Marci M Ok. Here are my choices: lock the kids in the house until their 21st birthday, or find that mythical force field to put around them to keep them safe before they go out. I know, I know. Since neither of those appears feasible at the moment, I’m going to have to figure out another way to keep them safe – from drugs, kidnapping, pornography addiction, life-threatening disease, car accidents, from being hurt. I love them so much, I don’t want anything to ever happen to them. Besid...
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