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  • My mother was a gourmet cook and wanted me to follow in her footsteps.One of my first steps was on a stepstool next to the stove where I had the job of…
  • We already know that not everyone can be the boss. But here’s the rest of the story. Not everyone wants to be the boss, including me. There’s an…
  • When my daughter was about two years old, she stopped taking naps. I resisted this transition—not because she needed a nap but because I needed her to…
  • I have a big Norway Spruce in my front yard that’s about twice as tall as the house. From the upstairs bedroom window, I can see its branches and they are…
  • Every year just before Christmas, my grandfather invited me to help him set up the manger sceneon his fireplace mantel.The stable was made of cardboard…
  • When I came to Traverse City from Chicago in 1970, I didn’t plan to stay. I was young andsingle and couldn’t imagine living in such a small town where…
  • It’s early morning and I’m driving the speed limit on a two-lane highway, feeling relaxed and grateful for the lovely weather. Then a guy in a pick-up…
  • Giving ThanksWhen I was growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our family attended a congregational church where my favorite service was Thanksgiving. On…
  • Judy’s mother comes in the door carrying a flat white box that she sets on the kitchen table. “Help yourself,” she says and collapses into a chair.Her…
  • When my young daughter was diagnosed with cancer, we were all shocked and terrified. Then, gradually, we found the strength to go forward—and it was a…