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Is spanking ok?

When it comes to disciplining children, there's a division between those who think spanking is an effective form of discipline and those who say it doesn't work. What do you think?

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The influence of our elders

I have a wonderful opportunity next week to speak to a group of mostly retired women and some men.

Time at the Lake

Every Fourth of July used to be spent at the lake where my mother-in-law, Verona, and her husband, Red, live.

If you give a mom a minute

If you give a mom a minute, she'll look out the window as she washes the breakfast dishes and she'll notice how filthy with splatters the window over the sink is, so she'll decide to wash the windo

A story of the evolution of summer

Once upon a time summer was kicked off with a trip to the ice cream store.

The great thing he never told me

We never get good news from our youngest son. I'm not a fan of the words "always" and "never," but I believe "never" applies here; he just does not like to share positive news.

Staying on vacation

Letting go while not giving up

This seems to be an ongoing theme in my life as a mom. Surrender is the focus and central component in parenting our youngest.

What moms do

A new mom has taken up residence on my porch and I can’t help but be a little bit inspired by her.

Life in real time

This was my kitchen the other day.

No more lazy days of summer

Spring has only just arrived (FINALLY) and I'm already experiencing pings of anxiety as I consider just how quickly our summer days will slip away!