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A new lease on life

A new lease on life

Jessie Richards

“That’s not fair” must have been my three most-used words when growing up. It seemed that someone—or everyone—always had it better than me. By my early teens I had a well... »

Why watermelons are blue

Why watermelons are blue

Jessie Richards

Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a difficult time falling asleep and staying asleep. Over the past several years, I’ve gotten considerably better at both through learni... »

My year without clothes 

My year without clothes 

Jessie Richards

Well, not literally. I can explain. At the start of last year, I made a resolution to not purchase any new clothes or shoes that year. I had a combination of reasons for... »

When less is more

When less is more

Jessie Richards

It’s a clichéd résumé line, but I’m a goal-oriented person. For as long as I can remember, I’ve set goals, and in particular New Year’s goals, and then worked to achieve... »

A multifaceted Savior

A multifaceted Savior

Jessie Richards

I’ve been thinking how Christmas traditions vary not only from country to country, but from family to family. The food In some countries, the classic main dish is a ham o... »

The doubt side of my faith

The doubt side of my faith

Jessie Richards

I grew up thinking that “faith” and “doubt” were opposites. Faith was good. Doubt was bad. With that mindset even questions could be dangerous, as I figured they could le... »

Avocado

Avocado

Jessie Richards

I absolutely love avocado! Along with being delightfully delicious, it is a versatile fruit. Not to mention that it’s outstandingly healthy—one of the best sources of nat... »

Meanings and purposes

Meanings and purposes

Jessie Richards

For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt strongly that I needed a purpose, a “mission,” a life plan. It’s both part of my natural personality type and how I was brought u... »

A joyful work environment

A joyful work environment

Jessie Richards

On a recent day off, I spent the better part of the day at the zoo. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to a zoo. Animals are fascinating and a lot of fun to observe, a... »

Snail patrol

Snail patrol

Jessie Richards

Today I went for a walk with the kids in the countryside surrounding the village in which we live, an area consisting of farmland, dirt paths, and small woods. The weathe... »