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April Tips for Creating a Day of Rest

I am a journaler. I have journaled every night for the past eighteen years. Sometimes, when I mention this to new acquaintances, they’ll say something like, “Wow! That must take so much discipline — I could never do that.” I always struggle to know how to respond, because the fact is, it doesn’t feel like a discipline. It feels like a necessity. And although I don’t always want to journal, especially after an intense day when all I want to do is sleep, I desperately want what journaling gives me:...

FIFTY Study Page – Arkansas: "Throwing Curve Balls"

“Throwing Curve Balls” is a story about Dee Brown and a baseball game that transformed his picture of Native Americans forever. The story follows young Dee as he meets two important Native American figures: the famous Pawnee baseball pitcher for the Arkansas Travelers, and a young Creek boy named William Brown. Dee is so impressed with them both that many years later he writes “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” a novel about Western Expansionism from the perspective of Native Americans....

SparkleCast Episode 14 – Sibling Rivalry with Dr. Carrie Contey

Dr. Carrie Contey is not your typical parenting expert. Her work offers a new perspective on children, parenting, family life, and being a healthy, happy, whole human being....

FIFTY Study Page – South Dakota: "Trying to Do Some Good"

“Trying to Do Some Good” is a story that takes place in the gold rush era of the Dakota Territory. Most people have heard of the rough-and-tumble Wild West character Calamity Jane and her gun toting, hard talking, men’s clothes wearing reputation. But like many of the larger-than-life heroes and villains of the American West, the truth is much more subtle and complicated. For when an outbreak of smallpox threatens the town of Deadwood, South Dakota, it is not the doctor or the marshall or even the caretaking women of the town that step forward to help, but Calamity Jane herself that...

Celebrating Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox is an exciting time outdoors. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing to their mates, bees are busy gathering pollen and nectar. The energy of the earth is alive and vibrating. So how do you include the Spring Equinox in your life? Easy! Get outside, make crafts from natural materials, and forage for spring greens to eat....