Category: Family Life

Fathers who make things for their kids

Another Way for week of July 13, 2018 About My Dad Guest column by Nancy Ketcham Editor’s note: Nancy Ketcham of Wakarusa, Indiana, is the oldest sister of columnist Melodie Davis. She writes about her memories especially of their dad, inspired by Another Way’s “Father’s Day” column. Second of two guest columns by readers while […]
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Working Hard on an Amish Farmette

Another Way for week of July 6, 2018 Working Hard on an Amish Farmette Guest columnist: Winona Miller Editors note: Winona Miller of Middlebury, Indiana, reads Another Way in The Goshen News and responded to Melodie Davis about her own growing up days. First of two guest columns by readers. (Photos from Melodie Davis’ own […]
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How Often Should You Change Your Sheets?

Another Way for week of June 22, 2018 Thoughts Upon Changing Sheets What’s your worst cleaning-related job? Around your own home, what chores do you dislike most? Do you keep as clean of house as your mother—or your father —did, or do? Or maybe it’s the little job or jobs that you just put off […]
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There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

Another Way for week of June 29, 2018 Thoughts on Mercy It’s a song I’ve sung most of my life at church. As so often happens, I often do not really pay that much attention to the words. We enjoy the tunes and the sound but so often are minds are not open or connecting […]
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In Memory of the Grandfather I Never Knew

Another Way for week of June 15, 2018 In Memory of the Grandfather I Never Knew The other week I wrote a column responding to my oldest grandson’s query to his mother, “Mommy, what did you do when you were little?” That column inspired my mother, Bertha, who reads my column in The Goshen News […]
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What Did You Do When You Were Little?

Another Way for week of June 1, 2018 What Did You Do When You Were Little? My oldest grandson, Sam, asked his mother recently, “What did you do when you were a little girl?” So that evening she put him on the phone with me and I recalled a few pastimes or activities, and promised […]
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Word Pictures from a Great Day with Grandsons

Another Way for week of May 4, 2018 Word Pictures from a Great Day with Grandsons Since none of our grandchildren live nearby, we have not had as much opportunity to be grandparents for a day or overnight or help out as much as we’d like. Plus I am also still employed full time. But […]
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For Those Who Aren’t Moms or Grandmas

Another Way for week of May 11, 2018 For Those Who Aren’t Moms or Grandmas I have no right to write this, but I want any women who wished to have children, whether as birth moms or adoptive moms, or stepmoms, to know that those of us who have been fortunate in this department sometimes […]
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Some surprises in Eastern Mennonite University’s history

Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education Book by Donald B. Kraybill Review by Melodie M. Davis, class of 1975. A Countercultural History, Part 2 (See Part 1 here.) Last week I introduced some of the things I liked about Don Kraybill’s 100 year history of my alma mater, Eastern Mennonite University: A Century […]
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When You are Stuck

Another Way for week of April 6, 2018 When You are Stuck Most of us have had to work on something that was slow, frustrating, and just plain difficult. Whether at home or work, whether young or old, whether because of something you did or no fault of your own, you labor on. You know […]
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Resurrection People

Another Way for week of March 30, 2018 Resurrection People It seems like my husband and I have been going to a lot of funerals or memorial services lately, for people we have known and loved. I’m thinking about all these friends as we come to this beautiful and life-affirming Easter season. We are Easter […]
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Threads of Faith among Annoying People

Another Way for week of March 23, 2018 Threads of Faith among Annoying People What’s this? A pastor who says you can expect to find annoying people in her church? She got my attention right there. Ok, she didn’t say it exactly in those words. But because we’re all human, yes, we can all be […]
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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Knot

Another Way for week of February 9, 2018 He Loves Me, He Loves Me Knot My husband mutters something in loud exasperation from the kitchen. I catch myself hunching over like Edith Bunker, dropping what I’m doing to hurry out to  see what Archie’s problem is. Then I straighten up and walk normally. I do […]
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