05.172018
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Mind Your Own Busyness

Mind Your Own Busyness

You’ve gotta love Facebook’s “On This Day” feature. Each morning, the social media app reminds you of things that happened on this very day for as long as you’ve been a member of the Facebook family—all kinds of silly memories you forgot that you forgot. Most of the time they are things that bring a…

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04.272018
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8-track Tapes

8-track Tapes

You’ve heard that old saying that cleaning your house while you have kids is like shoveling while it’s snowing, right?  Anyone with kids will tell you this is true.  In fact, we used to have a plaque in our home that read, “Excuse the mess, our kids are making memories”.  When I was a kid,…

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03.292018
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What Do You Practice?

What Do You Practice?

I’m not proud to admit it, but this time every year, my mind harkens back to the Easter of 2007.  Our boys were little, 4 and 7—adorable, yet trying.  Mathematically, you’d think that adding one additional kid to the mix would just equal two.  But, there’s this weird family multiplication that happens when you add…

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03.132018
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The Reticular Activator 

The Reticular Activator 

I always laugh when I think of this conversation that I had about ugly babies with former community leader, who shall remain nameless.  He said, “As a leader, people often introduce me to their children and grandchildren and some of those babies are, let’s just say, FLK’s—Funny Looking Kids.” Some of you might be thinking,…

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02.212018
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CROCK-POT THEOREM

CROCK-POT THEOREM

Any “This Is Us” fans out there?  If not, you should be.  If so, I hope you’ve had the chance to rehydrate and replace your tear supply while the Olympics have been occupying your time.  The truth is, whether you’ve watched or not, you’ve probably heard about the dreaded Crock-Pot incident.  Spoiler Alert: The Pearson…

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01.182018
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New Year’s Revolution

New Year’s Revolution

It’s probably unfair to say that all meteorologist’s pants are on fire. I mean, they go to school for years to learn the science. They stay up all hours of the day and night watching the weather patterns and subjecting themselves to the elements--all in the name of quality news broadcasting--only to make predictions that...

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12.202017
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Christmas Presence 

Christmas Presence 

Anytime our youngest son, Dalton, would want something from me or his dad, he’d preface his request with “The law states…”.  Often, he’d pause for effect and then he’d fill in the blank with whatever random request he might have at the moment.  His method was predictable.  He’d state his want, pause, and then wait…

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12.192017
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Charitable IRA Rollovers

Charitable IRA Rollovers

Did you know… A Tax-Free Charitable IRA Rollover can allow you to do more with your nest egg and end-of-year giving The charitable IRA rollover allows you to make charitable gifts directly from your IRA to your favorite organization. The amount that is sent directly to charitable organizations counts toward your Required Minimum Distribution for the…

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11.282017
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Serotonin-Induced Giving

Serotonin-Induced Giving

So, yeah, I can’t cook. Well, technically, I can cook three things: lasagna, biscuits and gravy, and pancakes. But, outside of that, my husband does most of the cooking. I had to laugh recently when my son sent a letter home from Boot Camp that said he missed Dad’s cooking! What can I say, I…

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10.262017
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Acute Angle

Acute Angle

We should have known it was a bad sign when Dalton’s kindergarten teacher at Lakeview, Mrs. Curtis, sat us down in those tiny little chairs and said that our son was having difficulty with his color words. I remember looking at her and saying, “But, his last name is a color word: Brown!” Yeah, he’s…

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