Volume 18.09 | September 2017

  • To learn and to grow

    Children are natural learners. As long as their basic needs are met, their thirst for new information and experiences is boundless. If they’re happy and have interesting things to do and safe places in which to do them, that’s even better. Neuroscience research tells us that 90% of a child’s brain development occurs at a […]

  • Don’t roll over, Beethoven

    When my father had me listen to Beethoven’s 6th Symphony  for the first of many times, he was undoubtedly trying to impart to me his passion for classical music. I was only a small child at the time, yet I remember it vividly. The music started off gently depicting a peaceful pastoral scene, as I […]

  • Taking stock

    I don’t imagine that the word “spreadsheet” invokes excitement or joy in any but the most hardcore of office warriors. I know it sure doesn’t for me. Nevertheless, this week I needed to overhaul one of our spreadsheets, adding functionality, such as a constant automatic tally of items gone out in a month, remaining stock, […]

  • Between a rock and a hard place

    I’d been going through a few tough weeks, when I began questioning my faith. Not questioning God, but questioning how much faith I had to face difficulties. I’d also been concerned about growing older, berating myself for becoming such a wimp, not able to keep up as I used to. So I gratefully accepted an […]

  • The first day

    “However much you’ve prepared beforehand,” my friend warned, “the first day at university will still be an overwhelming experience.” I wasn’t sure why she thought something as innocuous as a university could be overwhelming, but I told her that since I’d done all right in high school, I was sure I’d manage university just fine. […]

  • Perseverance pays off 

    Any mother who’s tried to get her toddler to sit still long enough to finish a meal can tell you about children’s short attention spans, but there are also moments when they’re driven to learn a new skill, such as picking up a small object with chubby little fingers, or crawling, or walking. These new […]

  • Long life with Jesus

    My dad lived until he was 101, my mom until she was 99, and they were married for over 75 years! They survived two world wars and had nine children, though the twins, who were born right after World War II, went back to heaven at birth. They had 19 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. […]

  • You, me, and change

    Change is a scary thing. Even the best of changes have some downsides or fallout, and the worst of changes usually have some silver lining hidden in them. But no matter how much I know this in my head, sometimes it’s hard to believe it in my heart. Regardless of your position on change, the […]

  • Our anchor holds

    Change is one thing that drives us closer to God. “Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou who changest not, abide with me.”1 All things change, but Jesus never. He’s the only thing that remains constant. One of the circumstances when this is most evident is when we move to a new place […]

  • Embracing new challenges

    It’s tough to change the things that have become second nature to you. But when these things are holding you back, they need to be countered, challenged, and overcome. That’s what makes change so difficult‚ but so wonderfully challenging—you’re defying human nature in the habits that bind you to doing things in a certain way. […]