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A “Child’s” Anxieties

School started a few days ago, and there was an air of both excitement and apprehension in my home.  My 9-year-old was the excited one, eager to get back to friends, fun, and a familiar routine.  My daughter, however, was not feeling so thrilled.  When I went to her room to tuck her in the […]

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If You’re Swept Up in the Chaos, Find Peace on the Shore

A few months ago, my son and I stood on the banks of the river that flows through our area.  After torrents of rain had flooded it this spring, the river was rushing wildly with such force it was breathtaking.  My son periodically threw sticks and pine cones into the water, then stood in awe […]

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Lost in life? Stop and ask for directions!

We’ve all been in a car with a driver who was clearly lost, but too stubborn or too overwhelmed to admit it.  We probably stewed in frustration as he or she drove aimlessly, often in circles, passing the same street corner multiple times. Despite our impatient pleas to just stop and ask for directions, the […]

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Gratefulnesss….and Prayers

Today, on Independence Day, I find so much to be thankful for… Last night, I went to sleep in peace, feeling great confidence that I would not be snatched from my bed by a secret police force and that I wouldn’t be awakened by mortar fire or explosions in my neighborhood.  Thank you to our […]

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