May I Take that Back Please?
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May I Take that Back Please?

I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve said something and then heard my 28-year-old son say, “Filter, Mom!”  In truth, remembering to filter what goes on in my head before it comes out of my mouth has always been a struggle for me.  I tend to speak much more than I should...

5 Ways to Avoid a Family Feud at Christmas
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5 Ways to Avoid a Family Feud at Christmas

By Dr. Deb Waterbury “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Well, it should be, and for the most part, it often is. However, people are people, no matter where you go, and that includes us. Consequently, we have to deal with each other, and Thomas Wolfe’s classic novel, You Can’t Go Home Again,...

Ten Steps to Freedom from Loneliness at Christmas
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Ten Steps to Freedom from Loneliness at Christmas

By Dr. Deb Waterbury It’s simply amazing to me how quickly the Christmas things are out on store shelves!!  Before we can even get through Halloween the little green and red stuff starts appearing in stores.  Then well before Thanksgiving, Walmart and Target and Costco are in full Christmas shopping swing. Of course, I know...

Don’t Be a Time Capsule Friend
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Don’t Be a Time Capsule Friend

I was having lunch with a beautiful young lady the other day, and we were commiserating on our individual inabilities to remember birthdays and holidays.  She was telling me of a funny time when her mother had broken a cherished bowl.  She found a replacement at the street fair one day in late October and...

A Little Jonah in All of Us
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A Little Jonah in All of Us

Have you ever run away from something, and I don’t mean something that might threaten your life?  I mean, has there been a time in your life when you ran because you didn’t want what was in front of you, so you did a 180 and took off like lightening in the opposite direction? Most...

Alone Again at an Easter Egg Hunt
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Alone Again at an Easter Egg Hunt

By Dr. Deb Waterbury Easter. Let’s put all those controversies aside about whether or not we should hunt eggs or have a bunny or whatever else people want to argue about and talk about how lonely those hunts can be.  The kiddos might be hunting wildly for those multi-colored eggs, but look around when that’s...

Coming Down the Ladder
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Coming Down the Ladder

My husband and I were painting the house this past weekend, which is a little easier since I really don’t have too many fears.  As a matter of fact, I most likely need a good dose of fear sometimes just so that I can stay on track.  Consequently, I had no problem whatsoever going up that...

Constantly Constant
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Constantly Constant

Being married is hard.  Being a mother is hard.  Being in any relationship for any length of time with any person is hard. I mean, let’s face it: We all live this life through a lens focused on self, and self often doesn’t like it when self is being mistreated. Truly this isn’t news to...

Coffee in My Wine Glass
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Coffee in My Wine Glass

  Have you ever run all over your house looking for your glasses when they were on your head?  How about screaming to the person on your cell phone that you can’t find your phone?  A young mother just told me that she couldn’t figure out why her other three children kept looking at her...

The Reason We Let Them See
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The Reason We Let Them See

My youngest son, Miles, and I have a unique mother/son relationship.  We most definitely relate on a familial level, but also he appreciates my counsel.  As a minister, much of what I do for women is counsel, but rarely does a parent experience that sort of relationship with her child. Miles, on the other hand,...