Watched pot boils eventually

Leonard Lauriault An old saying goes something like “A watched pot never boils,” indicating that time seems to go by slow as a snail when we’re expecting something to happen. The intended advice is to just find something else to occupy our time while we wait. Once, I was waiting for a pot of milk […]

Safety first as kids join the bicycle commute at a young age

FAMILY BIKE ROAD

Niesha Lofing Raleigh White, 2, is an entertaining front-seat driver. Snuggled in the Bobike safety seat atop the front of her mom’s bicycle, she points out other cyclists to Mina White as they pass by, providing a running commentary during the five-mile trek from their Tahoe Park, Calif., home to downtown Sacramento. From her vantage […]

Life’s journey presents choices

Debra Whittington “Thou wilt shew me the path of life…” Psalm 16:11 Watching the graduates march down the aisle, I felt myriad emotions. I thought about the path they were embarking on as well as my own path I set out on 36 years ago. These kids seem so young and yet they are now […]

Christians should be unified in Christ

Leonard Lauriault My wife and I share my hard-covered Bible at church. Recently, I wanted to sit a little closer, but one side of the Bible had fallen down between us, chocking my movement. So I lifted it up, scooted over and rested the side that had fallen on her knee. Believe it or not, […]

Older generation proves invaluable

Debra Whittington “‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly…” Leviticus 19:32 (NIV) We live in a disposable era where everything that once was deemed useful is now discarded. Gone are the days of the television repairman. Now if your TV breaks you just throw it in the overflowing dump […]

Mother, daughter debate ear piercing

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Topic: What is the appropriate age for girls to have their ears pierced? Mom The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends postponing ear piercing until a child is old enough to care for the pierced site herself. The reasons given are risk factors including infection, choking hazard, allergic reactions and embedded earrings. While these risks are […]

You parent as you were raised

As we start this series of parenting articles I’m reminded of a speaker I heard many years ago as he spoke on parenting. He said when he had graduated college and just got married he wrote a book titled “The Ten Commandments of Parenting.” Then he had a child. He wrote another book titled “The […]

Teaching children love for reading

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Parenting is a difficult job. Parents are expected to raise their children, discipline them, clothe and feed them, provide for them and care for them. And parents are expected to teach them rules, courtesy, manners and proper behavior. Further, parents are expected to assist in the educational process and get them ready for school and […]

Christians should be neighborly

Leonard Lauriault Recently, I wrote on a few points one of my friends had made in a sermon about what Christianity does. The focus of that article was that Christianity makes one honest and that being forgiven and being forgiving is a matter of honesty. That is, to be forgiven, we must honestly recognize our […]

Prayer can prevent hasty decisions

Debra Whittington “Trust in the LORD… he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6