Category: Family Life

Why You Need Plan B during Cousin Camp

Another Way for week of July 19, 2019 Why You Need Plan B during Cousin Camp The second in a four-part series on “Learnings from Cousin Camp” by columnist Melodie Davis. Last week I began this short series on the pretty ambitious but so-rewarding experience of having our three oldest grandsons stay with us for […]
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Planning for Cousin Camp

Another Way for week of July 12, 2019 Planning for Cousin Camp The first in a four-part series on “Learnings from Cousin Camp” by columnist Melodie Davis.   Do you remember when you were five and got to spend some summer days and nights at your grandparents? What do you remember? Today’s version of this summer […]
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Feeling Ripped Off?

Another Way for week of July 5, 2019 Feeling Ripped Off? I hate feeling ripped off—in this case losing about four hours of time—for both my husband and me. Added up, that makes eight hours, pretty much wasted. I have written about other experiences when we or I were played for the fool—once many years […]
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How Do You Find Joy?

Another Way for week of June 28, 2019 Who’s Got Joy? “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart. Down in my heart, down in my heart…” No, it wasn’t Marie Kondo crooning this old timey little Sunday school song but rather Granny on Beverly Hillbillies recently. If you’re not sure who […]
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Come On In, the Water’s Great Exercise

Another Way for week of June 21, 2019 Come On In, the Water’s Great Exercise Of all the things I ever imagined happening in retirement, I never thought I would go regularly to a wellness center with a pool. Some background: over the years we both have enjoyed family vacations with water—especially the beach, rivers, […]
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Being My Own Boss Comes with a Price

Another Way for week of June 14, 2019 Being My Own Boss Comes with a Price I woke up Saturday, June 1, with a marvelously liberating thought on my mind: My whole summer is gloriously free like it was in elementary school and junior high. Remember that fly-through-the-air feeling, and crazy chant: “School’s out! School’s […]
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How Can You Make the World a Better Place?

Another Way for week of June 7, 2019 How Can You Make the World a Better Place? If I could have as big of impact on others as my friend Polly had, I would feel my life to be worthwhile. Her full name was as deliciously long as her influence and reach: Pauline “Polly” Elizabeth […]
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Speculating on Farm Use Vehicle Tags

Another Way for week of May 31, 2019 Speculating on Farm Use Vehicle Tags A trooper came to speak to our Lions Club recently. I like hearing state troopers talk, especially if they have a wry sense of humor. I believe it takes a healthy sense of humor to go out on the roads every […]
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Before We All Forget

Another Way for week of May 24, 2019 Before We All Forget I was privileged to see a local theater group put on the difficult play, “The Diary of Anne Frank.” As most people know, it is the true story of a young Jewish teenager hiding with her family and others during the dark days […]
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What I Learned from Some Unusual Jobs

Another Way for week of May 17, 2019 What I Learned from Some Unusual Jobs Everywhere it seems I see signs shouting, “Job openings.” The newspaper heralds that unemployment is the lowest it’s been in 50 years. This summer should be a good time for kids to find summer work that not only pays steady […]
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My Grandma Miller: An Orphan

Another Way for week of May 10, 2019 My Grandma Miller: Orphaned I was fortunate to grow up in a three generational home. Now that I’m a grandmother I’ve been thinking about what a having a grandmother means to children. My Grandma Barbara Kauffman Miller and Grandpa Uriah Miller, on my dad’s side lived in […]
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Facing Decisions about Aging Loved Ones

Another Way for week of May 3, 2919 Facing Decisions about Aging Loved Ones Two summers ago at a church convention in Orlando, Fla., I had a soul stirring conversation with a former acquaintance whom I knew multiple ways. I’ll call him Steve. His mother was a tablemate of my mother’s for several weeks in […]
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Pie Lady Moments

Another Way for week of April 26, 2019 Pie Lady Moments If you’re wondering, “pie lady?” what on earth is that, I don’t blame you. Greta Isaac is author of a new book, The Pie Lady: Classic Stories from a Mennonite Cook and Her Friends. In it, Greta shares 32 stories of “pie ladies” and […]
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