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Unhook Your Holidays

This blog post comes from Carrie Contey, internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Carrie has made such a difference in our lives as parents and as people on this busy planet, that I wanted to share her words of wisdom for the holidays. I highly encourage you to sign up for her daily parenting emails on her website . I get them every day, and they never cease to help. Lisabeth...

Sparkle Weekly Wondering

It’s that time of year in the U.S. in which we circle up our friends and family and give thanks for the abundance in our lives....

Dry Gables: Good Neighbors - Weathering the Storm

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Sparkle Weekly Wonderings

A few days ago, we were sitting in the hall outside of our younger son’s classroom, waiting for our parent-teacher conference to begin. A classmate came out of the door, her parents behind her. “Well, hey! How are you all?” they asked. “Tired,” said David, tucked into a chair, looking like he may never get up again. “You all?” “We’re so tired!” they replied. I then noticed the circles under their eyes. There was a collective groan of mutual understanding. “Everyone’s so tired!” Too busy and downright tuckered....

Sparkle Weekly Wonderings

We all know stories are powerful, but have you ever considered how stories impact who we are — our identities? Take a moment and think about ways that the books you've read and the movies you've seen have made an impression on you. Consider now the news media, or your favorite podcast — how have these formed your opinions or points of view? Think about moments in history or religious narratives or family memories from your childhood. They all make up our sense of self — and … they are all stories....