What?

As a child, I used to hear my parents speak a language that kept us kids from understanding them.  It worked pretty well until we got a little older and could figure it out.  You see, it wasn’t a real language but a made up one called “Double Talk.”  As an adult, I can’t begin…

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The Gift

I read a quote years ago which said, “Usually the husband regards himself as the head of the household, and the pedestrian has the right of way.  And, usually, both of them are safe until they try to prove it.”  This statement made me chuckle but it also reminded me of how often we get…

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Which is Most Important?

I recently had a discussion in my university Marriage and Family class regarding finances, which is often seen as a major source of marital conflict.  The discussion centered around debt and financial priorities.  It was interesting to hear what various students would go into debt for.  The list ranged from houses and cars to televisions…

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What is Most Important?

As I sat reading the newspaper this past week, my attention was caught by what seemed like a glaring contradiction of values, on the same page.  One article was concerning the gut wrenching devastation that was taking place in the Philippines following the destructive typhoon.  At that time, there were nearly 2000 dead with a…

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Thank You

In the 21st century we have become an entitled group of people.  We see it in schools, in the work place, and even in our intimate relationships.  We expect.  We expect that you will be on time, we expect that you will pick-up my cleaning, we expect that you will fix dinner, mow the lawn,…

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Oh Brother

I remember years ago hearing a comedy routine in which Bill Cosby talked about a child rolling his eyes at his parent.  The parent’s response was something along the lines of “Don’t you roll those eyes at me – I’ll roll those eyes right out of your head.”  All of us who have been parents…

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