Category Archives: simple living

Just How Equal Are We in Our Society?

I live in a theoretically egalitarian society. I say theoretically because, although the Declaration of Independence which we, in my country, purport to honor, accept, and abide by (along with the Constitution of the United States) avers that “all men are … Continue reading

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Other Humans Are Not Our Servants

It is a universal truth that people who like the Jane Austen book, Pride and Prejudice, frequently go beyond mere “like” to excessive admiration. One of my own daughters is just such a fan, revisiting the story in book, movie, … Continue reading

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The Lies We’re Told

Deception is fascinating. At base, deception is simply lying, which doesn’t sound so mysterious and awesome, but truly good deception is done in such a way that the people accepting the lies, think that they are believing the truth. Deception … Continue reading

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Inside, We’re All Beautiful

The story of The Girl in the Copper Dress (3), original oil painting and licensed print by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: She is a dancer. Lithe, graceful, comely, The Girl in a Copper Dress turns every … Continue reading

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Blind Obedience

Years ago, a woman proudly described to me what her husband had said about her: “He said I was very strong-willed,” she commented, “and that I needed to be more obedient.” After figuring out that she wasn’t referring to the … Continue reading

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Looking for Things That Are Worth Finding

The story of the painting, Eyrie, by Steve Henderson, at Start Your Week with Steve: We live in a world that little appreciates the value and worth of solitude. Our days consist of the busyness of commerce, and while one … Continue reading

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Don’t Give up Your Saturdays

The story of the painting, Saturday by Steve Henderson, at Start Your Week with Steve: Especially in today’s world, not everyone’s weekend falls on Saturday. But the concept of Saturday — a day, or at least a portion of it, that … Continue reading

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The False Promotion — and Real Demotion — of the Family

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of wholeheartedly believing two opposite statements, cleverly presented, simultaneously. Take the concept of family, for example. For years, the government and mass media systems have been promoting the message that “family is dysfunctional,” … Continue reading

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If He’s Famous, and He Says It, Do We Believe It?

We are a culture saturated in celebrity worship. This isn’t surprising, given that mass media — through TV, movies, social media, newspapers, magazines, advertising, and incessant digital nagging from our “smart” phones — infects every moment of our lives. (We … Continue reading

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God Just Called Himself a Chicken!

When someone calls us a chicken, most of us don’t take it as a compliment. But when God describes Himself as a chicken, as He does in Luke 14:34-35, it’s worth pausing over the passage and meditating: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, … Continue reading

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