Linda Cobourn: Dancing in the Hall

Dancing in the Hall by Linda Cobourn It was one of those rare moments, a spontaneous celebration erupting out of nowhere. The adult students in my Communications II class were learning the rhetorical strategies of pathos, ethos, and logos by presenting short skits. The last skit provoked a lot of noise, with one student bursting into the classroom waving a loaded eraser while the student portraying Pathos cowered under a…

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Kathleen Brown: 3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown I discovered Mom had Alzheimer’s during a September trip. September. Its flower is the forget-me-not; its gemstone, the sapphire. Sapphires were once associated with clear thinking. As I began caring for Mom, in the house where I grew up, I hoped the clear thinking part was for me. If you’re an at-home caregiver, you know it presents unique challenges. My…

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Dr. Michelle Bengston: What to Say When To a Depressed Loved One

What to Say When To a Depressed Loved One by Dr. Michelle Bengtson “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21 What we say to others can either build them up or tear them down. We must take care not to further injure someone in their suffering from something we say. As a neuropsychologist, I’m witness to the well-intentioned but misdirected words of friends and family…

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Kathy Willis: Prosper Where You’re Planted

Prosper Where You’re Planted by Kathy Carlton Willis We were excited about our brand new home, but not so much with our new sod and landscaping. It struggled to survive the move. Of course, the 100-degree heatwave didn’t help matters. The crux of the problem was transplant shock. Those green leafies were traumatized by being uprooted from their comfortable setting and placed into strange new surroundings. We did all we…

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Gail Goolsby: Will You Accept September’s One-on-One Challenge?

Will You Accept September’s One-on-One Challenge? by Gail Goolsby   Everyone wants to know and be known intimately by someone. We want to have relationships where connections can be quick and meaningful. September is One-on-One Month. Consider what you can do to ramp up your relationship investment. The most important people in our lives should not have to wonder if we care about current challenges they are facing or achievements…

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Susan K. Stewart: Writer, Do You Want to Break into the Homeschool Market?

  At a Christian trade show recently I asked representatives of several publishers about tween novels to review for my homeschool audience. Generally the reaction was “We have this curriculum or this journal.” I was looking for novels, not curriculum. This reinforced that many in the publishing world think homeschoolers only want “teaching” material. They have trouble breaking into the market because they don’t know it. My sons loved Lee…

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