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Ah, this spring weather gets me going. I can't wait to start planting the garden. Daniel plowed our garden plot a couple days ago in hopes to have it dry out faster. Digging deeper by plowing also helps some of those buried nutrients to get closer to the surface where the plants will take be…

Life can be so demanding. There are so many challenges always coming our way. There are so many competing issues seeking “equal time” from us. The time comes when we simply have to take time to “center” on just what really is important in our life and what is not as urgent as it seems.

For one of my last recipes to give to you all, I’m going to share one that first appeared in Heartland Magazine back in 2017.

The Wall Street Journal recently (3/16/2019) printed a letter-to-the-editor in which Upland, California psychiatrist/psychoanalyst Charlene Moskovitz promotes the alleged benefits of medication and psychotherapy for children diagnosed with depression, anxiety and ADHD (and, presumably, other…

Today is one of those special days that makes me want to hang around Daniel as much as possible. It’s our wedding anniversary. Nine years ago we were both just bursting with joy, the vows of loving and caring for each other had been exchanged. Next came the long-awaited moment as Grandpa Mas…

Spring break is a wonderful time for rest and relaxation…unless you are working full-time like most of us. But, even if we don’t get a “spring” break, many of us have vacations scheduled just around the corner.

To the many readers who recently asked: Yes, I do take requests, and yes, I will riff on the Perpetually Beautiful People Who Laid Out Mega-Bribes to Guarantee That Their Beautiful and Everlastingly Entitled Bratz Get into the College of Their Choice Scandal.

Writing is something I enjoy, in fact in many ways after writing for a while I feel like I've come back from a refreshing walk. As a young school girl I loved writing stories, I would never tell anyone, though. Everyone else seemed to hate writing, especially when it came to stories. Why sho…

There are times in life when things can seem a bit out of sorts. Times when one does not know which way to turn. There seems to be no rhyme nor reason to your life. Persons are looking to you for answers, but you have no answers even for yourself!

I think what really convinced Scott to marry me was my carrot cake recipe. It is so moist, light and sweet that there was no way he could let me (or my cake) get away.

As I have mentioned in several previous columns, I started watching superhero movies nearly 6 years ago when I met my husband Scott. He’s always been a huge Marvel Comics fan — and will grudgingly watch DC movies, too — so I started sharing in his interest.

How about tackling a day in the kitchen, making fry pies? When my sister-in-law, Virginia, first mentioned the thought, it really seemed to be an excellent idea, yet to myself, I wondered how I could do it with our four preschoolers. A couple days later her husband John and Daniel came up wi…

As St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, it is hard not to associate the March 17 holiday with the Emerald Isle. But, while there, I was under the impression that the Irish don’t throw all-out raging parties on St. Patrick’s Day like Americans do.

Your palms are sweaty and you nervously pick the hot pink nail polish off your thumb. There’s your crush, walking down the junior high hallway with his swoopy hair and Abercrombie polo. You, in your American Eagle hoodie, hide behind your Lisa Frank binder.

QUESTION: My 5-year-old has had eating issues since he was an infant. When I introduced solid food at six months, he began rejecting most vegetables. His feeding problems have worsened since then to the point, today, where he will eat only breaded chicken strips, tater tots and vanilla ice c…

I know it sounds lazy, but if I could, I’d just press a button and have a whole batch, yes a whole batch with five loaves of fresh steaming bread right now, straight from the oven. In fact, I’d have a slice right now with butter and plenty of honey! As a little girl, I'd dream of just having…

Elena Lovett shared with me: “God had put me in a place of darkness, so others could see Christ through his love, his mercy, and his joy through me. God uses me so others may see and feel that he is God all by himself!”

Everyone who knows me knows that I am a weird texture person. Anything that has a weird texture, I can’t eat it. Shrimp, avocado, cottage cheese, whole tomatoes, pickles — the list is endless. So I guess you could call me a picky eater, even though I don’t necessarily hate the flavors, it’s …

I might be the only 25-year-old woman in the world who could not name a song by the Jonas Brothers to save her life. Or at least it has appeared that way on Twitter.

When we feel lost in life, are we always really lost or are we in the midst of redefining ourselves? When we are not sure what direction in life we are headed, are we without direction or are we charting a new course in life?

So you know that scene in “Lord of the Rings” when Merry and Pippin are talking about second breakfast? It goes something like this:

It’s finally March and you know what that means — tons of spring break photos flooding all of your social media feeds.

Mary Ellen and I are planning a vacation to South America this fall and we decided we both should learn a little Spanish. I ordered a language course on CDs, but I was having serious problems memorizing the vocabulary.

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