The Best Father’s Day Gift: Romance

It was Father’s Day in Bristol Bay Alaska. The boys were fighting over who got to use the four-wheeler first, there was a parade of fishermen through the house, and my husband was buried in tasks. He looked tired as the salmon season began to unfold for our processing company. What Father’s Day? “Could I […]

Tender Mercies: The Joys of Being Sick

Many years ago the impossible happened: I was struck down with influenza. Nick, our then thirteen year old, dragged himself home from school. He had it too. I can’t be ill! I’m the one who keeps the family rolling. Greg is in Alaska, I have a sick child! In the morning I attempted to dress. […]

On Strong Families: Nurture your Marriage

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment, and especially on their children, than the unlived life of the parent. —Carl Jung I was exhausted. My husband had been in Alaska for the herring season, leaving me on my own, while all four kids all seemed to be going through a rough patch. One […]

Let’s Play! Savoring Life with Kids

By Rebecca Lemar Here are five ideas to get down and engage in one of the best parts of life: to play! And kids are grand masters of play. It does not have to rambunctious, but some of the best moments are. The trick is to let go of time and spend a few moments […]

Life in the Slow Lane: Top 10 Ways to Savor Life

Joseph Campbell once said that everyone thinks they are seeking the meaning of life, but what we truly seek as human beings is the experience, the rapture, of being alive. One September afternoon four year old Finn and I were sprawled in the car while mama and daddy shopped in the grocery store. Baby India […]

Where R U? Parenting and Technology

One morning I took my grandson Finn to the same park I had taken his mama and her brothers when she was a girl. I remembered the anchor and solace that playground had provided for my friends and me—the kids climbing and tumbling largely ignored by the mothers swapping stories. Oh sometimes things would get […]

Keeping the Love Alive

by Bridgette Blakey There we were, all dressed up at one of the fanciest restaurants in Seattle. My husband and I had just come from our 20 week ultrasound appointment, and were trembling with excitement. We had just given the waiter a sealed envelope containing the sex of our child. We had requested he reveal […]

Thank You: Simple Words That Can Change a Life

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart Every day love arrives in the mail in the shape of a poem, a hand knitted cap, a pink granite stone, a story of summer apples or rescued boats. Even though it has been 7 weeks […]

Know Your Neighbor

It seems that long gone is the day of knowing each of your neighbors and hanging out on lawns talking street gossip. They do exist across America, in fact I live on a street like this. I have the privilege of knowing each person on my block by name, and have had most of them […]

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