Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Ice Cube Story

As a family we loved to play badminton, so all summer long a badminton net was strung across our lawn at our home in Michigan. Mowing the lawn was a job I enjoyed, and I usually just ducked under the … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Mary

One Mother’s Day, I slid into the pew next to my husband and whispered in his ear, ‘If this sermon is about how Mary was the greatest Mother of all, I am going to puke!’ You can imagine my face … Continue reading

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The Tightrope of Love

It is the most stressful balancing act of our times: to whom, when and how to show that we care. From the arguments over whether mothers should work outside the home or not – to which family gets our visit … Continue reading

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The Ring Thing

I wear two wedding rings. The reason? When we were first getting ready to move to Germany in the 1980’s, I read a tourist information sheet that warned American women about the differences in flirtation in the various European countries. … Continue reading

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Mind Your Cultural Manners

Saying the truth with mercy is tricky in the language and town in which one is well-versed. Crossing borders – language, state or nation – elevates this to an artform. As a child in Oklahoma, I was taught that polite … Continue reading

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