The Proverbs 31 Woman Meets Today’s Woman Part 1

There are thirty-one chapters in the Book of Proverbs, one for every day of the month. This fact means that Proverbs makes great daily reading, and many women participate in this reading plan. However, once these women get to Proverbs 31:10-31 they tend have one of several reactions. They either …

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Walking: Why Do It?

“Ugh,” I moaned to my husband, “I really wanted to get in a four mile power walk today –- but I just don’t have the time!” “I wish you would,” he replied. “Why?” was my astonished response. “Because you always come back from your walks in a better mood,” he …

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How to Improve Your Kitchen for Under $500

In our house, and probably like many families, the kitchen is a gathering spot. We hang out in the kitchen in the morning as my daughter gets ready for school. We sit in our booth in the afternoons looking over mail, reading books, eating snacks. At dinner time, we laugh …

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Gift Ideas for Men

Every year when I was growing up my dad received the same gifts for Christmas and his birthday: ties, dress shirts, sweaters, socks, and underwear. My mom and I were guilty of giving these atrocious gifts, but other family and friends were co-conspirators. Sure, it’s the thought that counts, but …

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Unique Hostess Gifts

When I’m invited to a party, anxiety emerges. I’m frantic for a week before it, and it’s not because I’m worried about what to wear — I never know what to bring for hostess gifts. For years, I’ve brought boring wines and bouquets of flowers. Everyone drinks the wine and …

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Stand Up to Your Mechanic

As a woman, I’ve had my fair share of smirks from mechanics who take one look at me and assume I know zilch about the inner workings of a car. Thankfully, my dad was the kind of man who wouldn’t even let me drive a car until I knew how …

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Kid Toys That Will Wow Your Socks Off!

My kids, like all kids, love toys. It could be the size of a thumbtack or bigger than my husband; if they hear the word “toy”, they’re suddenly smitten. In this technology-based world, it’s difficult to find toys that don’t require batteries or that don’t need to be plugged in. …

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Preventing Eating Disorders in Our Children

Remuda Ranch, a residential treatment program for eating disorders, opened a facility for children ages eight to thirteen in 2003. When I spoke with one of the coordinators in 2006, I asked if they were receiving patients. I was told that the facility had been at full bed capacity since …

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Brining Your Turkey Means Added Moisture And Flavor

Most people take refrigeration for granted, but it’s only been around since the 19th Century. A German engineer, Carl von Linden, invented the process if liquefying gas that is used in refrigeration units. Eventually Americans got into the act, and in 1911 GE, who has always claimed to bring good …

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