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A lesson from the Bible

I find so many humorous stories in the Bible, because it is not whitewashed or written only about good, smart, holy people. It’s about regular folks, warts and all! And I find lessons for myself all over the place.

Children’s prayers

There are many kinds of prayers. There are Thank You prayers, Help Me prayers. Books of prayers have provided consolation, wisdom and strength for centuries. The Serenity Prayer is a famous, powerful prayer.


As I begin the arduous task of sorting, throwing, selling, giving away stuff in preparation for moving, I know I will find surprises along the way.

Be very afraid

My attention was grabbed by a Yakima Herald Bulletin headline: “Wolf pack could be coming to this area but no one knows when.” I’m sure this warning will be helpful to livestock owners and other outdoor enthusiasts. It makes me wonder how I should prepare!

Smiling through a cloud

It’s a fact that many comedians and humorists live in a rather dark place and use their humor as a survival tool.

What would you miss the most?

My mother did not like silence.

Young and stupid

My friend sent me this on Facebook: TO BE OLD AND WISE, YOU MUST FIRST BE YOUNG AND STUPID.

What next?

When they said airplanes could fly, people shook their heads.

Embarrassing moments

Have you ever done something silly and totally embarrassing and felt thankful that nobody was around to see it?

An expensive set-up

Here it is Valentine’s Day. Cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts will be given or received with great expectations.

Can’t laugh…and can’t stop

The pastor’s wife called her: “Sue’s mother-in-law passed away. Her husband and his family do not attend church, and I wondered if you and your husband would be willing to just attend the funeral to support Sue.”

Are you a philologist?

“Philologist” is an antiquated word meaning: someone who studies languages, their origins and meanings.

Driving myself crazy

For Christmas I bought myself a subscription to an online site called Lumosity.

The power of clutter

I once worked in a law firm with four managing partners. It was a busy practice, with a long history and many clients.

Positive assets

A recent movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” is based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber.

The end and the beginning

Many television programs and internet sites are talking about the notable news of 2013.

A picky reader

A Hint of Humor

No, I did not say a picky eater, but reader. I look for books that are well-written, that stretch my imagination and vocabulary. I like many genres, but especially look for good mysteries.

Winter woes

After 12 years in the frozen tundra of Indiana, we were glad to move to a milder climate in Sunnyside.

Misunderstanding the signs

We arrived in Thailand on July 2, 1977, for our first four-year term as missionaries.

It’s a good thing to give thanks

In our church we made this past November the month of Thanks-living, encouraging folks to cultivate an attitude of gratitude for an entire month, not just one day.

Airplanes are safer

That’s what they say, and it’s true…airplanes are safer.

I called the police on my husband once

A Hint of Humor

Jay Leno often shares funny, short news stories on his television show: a man says it’s his fault that his wife shot him five times when she mistook him for an intruder.

Promises, promises

When my crocheting buddy died, I inherited some of her pattern books and magazines.

Third culture kids

American sociologist David Pollock developed the following description for third culture kids: “A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture.

How to lie

A Hint of Humor

Remember the movie, “Liar, Liar,” starring Jim Carrey?

Power of imagination

A Hint of Humor

Three-year-old Chase and I were having a discussion early one morning. I asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Not-so intelligent life

A Hint of Humor

Charles J. Sykes wrote a book, entitled Dumbing Down Our Kids; Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves, But Can’t Read, Write, or Add. We have known that many American children and youth do not measure up to others around the world, especially in math and science. We are a culture of video games and reality/unreality television, idolization of movie stars and Miley Cyrus.

Sheer Joy

A Hint of Humor

This week my adult son is flying in from Boston for a visit. He is my youngest child, born in Bangkok, Thailand.

What do they know?

A Hint of Humor

The AARP, of which I am a member, sent me an email entitled, “Karen, 7 Reasons Why You Are Fat.”


I did not start drinking coffee until I was in my 30s. We were house guests in Ohio, and I woke up to this intriguing, delicious smell. It was Albertson’s 8 O’clock Coffee. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Rare remote wars

My friend shared this hilarious story with me, so I will pass it on: Our church choir in Post Falls, Idaho always enjoyed taking holiday music to assisted living facilities. The room in Hayden, Idaho provided just enough space for the choir to stand in two rows between the fireplace and the audience of residents.

What did you see today?

My office window opens to the view of my back yard, lined with towering lilac bushes. A wire runs from one telephone pole to another about three feet above the lilacs.


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