Monthly Archives: August 2013

Are You Too Ordinary to Make a Difference?

As a writer, my primary focus is on ordinary life and ordinary people, because for all that politicians, writers, seminar speakers, and the movie industry talk about real, regular human beings, they don’t get it. I’ve always enjoyed Hollywood’s interpretation … Continue reading

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Young Children: Homeschooling Them is FUN

Last week we talked about Homeschooling Young Children, and this week, we’re going to bullet point some easy, fun, doable learning ideas that you can incorporate into your schooling day, and indeed, make part of your schooling experience. Plan a special … Continue reading

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Ordinary Christians: That Describes All of Us

When I was in high school, I had a crush on this gorgeous guy: thick wavy hair, brown eyes like Bambi, perfect white teeth that flashed with an impish grin. Personality wise, he was funny, warm, engaging, friendly — at … Continue reading

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Recipe: Poor Man’s Cottage Potatoes

Cottage potatoes are like roses — we all use the same name, but no one cottage potato dish is identical to another. My cottage potatoes are crispy little squares of crunchy on the outside, mmmmm on the inside, especially when … Continue reading

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What You Want, Matters

From Start Your Week with Steve, the free weekly e-mail newsletter of Steve Henderson Fine Art – Steve Says: “One of the things I enjoy most about dealing directly with art collectors and clients is . . . dealing directly with people. Each … Continue reading

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Support Everyday Americans When You Support Small Business

My sandals are falling apart. Not the leather ones that the dog chewed up; structurally, those shoes were fine. No, these are sandals that I purchased from a reputable store with a big-chain name, the kind of place I’m supposed … Continue reading

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Homeschooling Young Children

On a regular basis, I troll through various Facebook pages (“troll” is a such a nicer word than “stalk”) and run into post after post that looks like this: “I am homeschooling my five-year-old for kindergarten this year and I … Continue reading

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Is the Bible Boring?

One summer when I must have been insane, I agreed to join a small women’s Bible study given by a deaconess at the church we then attended. “You must be insane,” the Norwegian Artist commented when I told him. “You … Continue reading

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Smoothies

I was in a mall the other day (I still don’t know why) when we passed by a smoothies bar. “Oh, look,” my shopping companion effused. “Smoothies! I love smoothies!” So do I actually, but fortunately I (and you) don’t … Continue reading

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There Is Always Hope

From Start Your Week with Steve., the free weekly e-mail newsletter of Steve Henderson Fine Art. Steve Says: “Hope is such an overused word. Politicians bandy it about as in, ‘The hopes of the middle class,’ and ‘the hope for … Continue reading

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