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Published: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:56:33 -0500

 



The Endless Flow of Ink

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:03:52 -0500

This past week I had my yearly visit with my doctor. Believe me, it was no vacation but it did vacate the cash in my wallet. It was not the loss I needed at the time. It is amazing about my doctor. He knows the exact cash I have in my wallet at any given time. More amazing, everything he does for me is covered by that cash in my wallet. One time I try to hide a five spot in my wallet, but to no avail. The doctor knew it was there, somehow, I'm not sure how. Most doctors are experts in the area of extraction. Mostly, the extraction of cash from their patients. That may be what they learn in medical school, I'm not too sure. My doctor ordered me to come in the next day for a blood test and the nurse came in to prepare me. One thing she said was I needed to fast before coming to the doctor's office the next day.



A Discount by Any Other Name

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 09:56:44 -0500

I find too often I get all caught up with the busyness of life that I forget some things. For example, last week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I had birthdays. Our birthdays are only two days apart, which is convenient for me. My birthday is first, and if my wife gets me anything for my birthday, it reminds me I need to get something for her birthday two days later. I could not plan it out any better had I tried. We celebrated our birthdays, I know which one I was celebrating but I'm not allowed to mention the one my wife was celebrating. I did that once, but I learned my lesson and I will never, ever do it, ever again. Did I mention ever?



Special Occasions

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:02:23 -0500

Every day of one's life is important but there are four that I believe have particular significance. 1. Birth - On the day you are born, your whole family tree was altered.



As Summers Go, This One Is Going

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:30:18 -0500

During my high school career I was no thespian, however, I could act the fool when called upon. My friend was the thespian and starred in our senior high school play, "Finian's Rainbow." One of the musical numbers was, "When I'm not near the girl I love, I love the girl I'm near." I have altered this title a little to fit my own needs. My version goes, "When I'm not in the season I love, I love the season I'm in." It is a wonderful motto and has solved quite a few problems down the years. Just don't ask me to sing it for you. I can, but you do not want to hear it... believe me. At my age I have learned a thing or two. One of the things I have learned is that you might as well be content where you are at because that is where you are. All these people that are jumpy and nervous because they are not exactly where they want to be, waste a lot of precious time and energy.



The Warmth of a Loved One

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:16:03 -0500

When one is away from someone you love it is strange how you can not even miss them that much. Then you come together again and instantly there is a warmth that only happens in the presence of a dear one. That happened to me recently when visiting my brother whom I had not seen for 2 years.



It Is Only For A Season

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:36:08 -0500

There is always light at the end of the tunnel they say! I hear people say keep driving through the storm! The sun is going to shine. Look for the rainbow at the end.



Reluctantly Related: Mom-In-Law V/S Daughter-In-Law

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:15:01 -0500

We have often come across this layman saying - God sent an angel in the form of a Mother and a devil in the form of a Mother-in-Law... I mean no offense to the latter set of parent however, there are times that this particular saying makes me wonder- why are we unbiased in so many ways to our mom-in-laws... For many of us the reasons are obvious - they are biased towards us, since we are daughter-in-laws. But isn't it vice versa because they are a mom-in-laws!



The Amazing Wonder of AGE

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:04:26 -0500

I have just celebrated my recent birthday. By now, it is getting to be old business for me. Just another day of the year to celebrate something, which just happens to be my birthday. I believe that if it is my birthday, I should be able to celebrate whatever birthday I want to celebrate. You are only as old as you celebrate. I am not embarrassed at how old I am, I just sometimes cannot remember the exact figure. Some of my friends are rather legalistic along this line and are demanding the exact number of my birthday. Is it really that important? Does it really matter how old you are?



Showing Thankfulness - How to Express Words of Gratitude

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:35:57 -0500

I have oftentimes realize that it is the little things that mean so much to us! We often long and yearn for this big white house with the picket fence while someone else just wants a little small home with love! We often fail to show our appreciation for what we have.



Go Ahead, Call Me If You Dare

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:49:13 -0500

I don't think it was in the mind of Dr. Bell when he invented the telephone for people like me to be harassed by people who are only after my money. Don't get me wrong here. The telephone has been a great blessing to many people. But lately, the wrong people have my number. It finally came to a head this past week. At least as far as I was concerned. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I had a very busy week and by Thursday we had accomplished a lot, or at least we thought we had. We had lunch with a very good friend and enjoyed ourselves tremendously.



In Loving Contemplation

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:53:23 -0500

Today I find myself thinking how blessed I am and that my children are an inexplicable gift from God. I remember a lot of little things about my enchanting daughter, which I am afraid will fade away like sand through my fingers if too much time passes. Haven't you ever loved someone so much that every minute that has passed with them is like a wisp of smoke in the air that you can see but cannot bring back?



Did I Just Blow My Cover?

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 10:48:02 -0500

Life has been rather good to me in many respects. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I are a wonderful team and have been for so many years; I'm not allowed to say how many. As a team, she can fix anything and I can break anything. That certainly goes hand-in-hand with life. No matter what I can break, she can fix. This has made life rather good. Throughout life, I have gone under the ruse that when it comes to fixing things I am all thumbs and no fingers. I cannot seem to fix anything. Of course, if it can be fixed with a hammer I might try. When anything goes wrong in our house, I offer to fix it and my wife steps in most gallantly and retires me to my easy chair.



I Was Just Thinking

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 09:02:26 -0500

Thinking is not my strong suit by any stretch of the imagination. Every time I start thinking, I either get a headache or get into trouble. I'm not sure which is worse, the headache or the trouble. In my normal pursuit of life, thinking sits in the backseat. If there is an emergency, thinking may come forward and help out. However, in the meantime, thinking is not something I like to do on a regular basis.



To Stink, or Not to Stink, That Is the Question

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:35:57 -0500

I don't mind questions as long as I'm asking the question. Otherwise I'm in a turmoil.



Can Two Walk Together, Except They Are Going to the Same Store?

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:25:42 -0500

Vacations are wonderful. It enable you to get away, but, there are some things you can't get away from.



Why the Stinkin Thinkin

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:43:36 -0500

Crickets chirping in the weeds, lightning bugs flickering in the nighttime sky and the always present moths gathered around porch lights all combined with whispers, giggles and childish pranks to get attention. This was summer in America, when time slowed and children stared at fluffy clouds imagining what they could become. This was summer before computers or video games; children played ball across the neighbors yards, helped with the lawn and eagerly planned bike trips and visits to the community pool. Front porches were an important part of American history then. It's where parents stood to call the children in, best friends huddled and families shouted greetings from.



How Much Should You Pay Your Sitter?

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:56:11 -0500

It used to be so simple. Your mom might have paid the neighbor girl a few dollars to keep an eye on a house full of kids while she and your dad went off for an evening on their own. Of course, some grown kids today might remember being left with a particularly negligent sitter who talked on the phone, munched on everything in the refrigerator and ordered the kids out of her sight. How did we all survive those reckless days?



Idaho Bound

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:12:26 -0500

While you are reading this, I will be in the mountains of Idaho. (At least that's the plan). As you likely know already, I have a strong interest in genealogy.



101 Bail Bonds - Going Along for the Ride

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:45:16 -0500

Your life is constantly influenced by the choices you make and the people you associate with. Going along for the ride was not the right choice in this instance.



Things I Hope My Nephew Knows While Growing Up

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:12:19 -0500

Growing up in this crazy world can be tough. We all rely on family to help us through it.



The Reasons Why Family Is Important In Life

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:19:13 -0500

Family is important because it provides love, support and a framework of values to each of its members. Family members teach each other, serve one another and share life's joys and sorrows.



Make Meaning Out of Mealtimes

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 14:31:54 -0500

Are you looking to build closeness in your family? Do you want to improve communication with your children and spouse? Eating together as a family can help! Learn how to start and sustain eating together as a family, and learn the benefits of doing so.



Blazing Through Fear

Wed, 31 May 2017 08:25:00 -0500

Ten years ago, my home burned. Nothing spectacular: just a dryer that overheated and caught my clothes on fire. An event that took less than an hour changed every minute of my existence. I've moved five times since that fiery morning.



Is the Digital Generation Going to Be Smarter or Dumber?

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:31:09 -0500

What do you think about the title question? We need to strive for a balance for our new generation. Look inside to find out what I mean.



Planning a Family Reunion in Texas? Try These 5 Bright Ideas

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:15:12 -0500

Nothing makes for a ton of fun like having a good, old-fashioned family reunion. While to some people the idea of a reunion may seem a bit antiquated, in this "go-go" world of today, being able to get together with your family once a year is a nice way to connect with the ones you love and hold dear.



Where Do You Look When She's Lost Her Voice?

Sat, 20 May 2017 09:08:05 -0500

It has been a quiet week at the parsonage. Far quieter than usual. I cannot remember a time when it was quieter. If silence is golden, the week glowed with a yellow brilliance. Have you ever noticed when you lose something, it is always in the last place you look? I could save a lot of time, not to mention energy, if I would look for that lost item in the last place first. Back to the sounds of silence in the parsonage. When the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage awoke from her beauty sleep on Monday morning, she discovered sometime during the night she lost her voice. It was a strange sensation that bears repeating - often.



Martyn Lloyd-Jones - Growing Up!

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:43:09 -0500

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones was born on 20th December 1899 into this land which had experienced a spiritual roller-coaster ride for many years. Born in Cardiff, South Wales, the first ten years of his life were quite uneventful...



The Danish Lifestyle

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:34:55 -0500

The Danish lifestyle is so different from ours. They live life simpler, less stressed, and without over-consuming. Perhaps these are some one of the reasons why we are unhappy and unhealthy. We need to step back and create a lifestyle that is not only manageable but one that will help us to be the best that we can and to be as relaxed as we can be as well. So, what are the secrets to the Danish way of life? In this article, I will examine ten aspects of the Danish lifestyle that we would be smart to emulate in order for us to feel happier and healthier. In this article, I outline ten things that create a Danish lifestyle.



101 Bail Bonds - Jailed for the Holidays

Sun, 14 May 2017 13:07:21 -0500

It would be wise not to underestimate the listening abilities of your neighbors. They could be the ones who make the call that result in handcuffs being slapped on your wrists.



My Advice: Twice Is Just As Nice

Sat, 13 May 2017 16:11:18 -0500

Nothing is more important to a blissful marriage than finding a point of agreement. Every veteran husband knows if he wants to change his wife's mind about anything, just agree with her. It is amazing how this works. The technical name for this is "re-wife psychology." The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I have been married since 1971 and have not had a serious argument or disagreement. (She does not allow me to talk back.) We have had rough times, but not with each other. We have survived nine congregations, 19 homes, three children with nine grandchildren and all without compromising our relationship. My sanity is another issue.



Child Abuse: Do Some People Need To Live In Denial In Order To Get On With Their Parents?

Tue, 09 May 2017 21:15:12 -0500

If one was to think about their parents, they may find that they start to feel good. What this can then show is that they have a good relationship with them, and this could be how it has always been.



You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Sat, 06 May 2017 12:45:27 -0500

I was waiting in line at the grocery store minding my own business, which is a full-time job these days. I have worked hard over the years to master this "minding my own business." I have not been all that successful, but I still try. As I was standing in line I heard the woman behind me say, "Johnny, you can't have your cake and eat it too." I did not know the background story because I did not hear the whole conversation. When I heard that my mind took me back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when my parents, both of them addicted to this phrase, said to me, "You can't have your cake and eat it too." I cannot remember the reasons that this phrase kept popping up in my parents' conversation. But I never could figure out what in the world they were talking about.



101 Bail Bonds - The Late Night Text

Wed, 03 May 2017 07:05:44 -0500

Every parent dreads a collect phone call in the middle of the night from one of their children. Hearts sink, anxiety escalates, and the worrying begins. Here's a story from the 101 bail bond tales.



A Black Eye Causes A Quandary of the First Order

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:07:35 -0500

I found myself in a quandary recently through no fault of mine. And yet, I'm not able to prove it. This is the most discouraging thing. I know it was not my fault, but nobody will believe me. Through the years, I have adopted a certain nocturnal procedure. When I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom I keep my eyes closed. There is a very simple reason for this. One, I know exactly where I am going, so I don't need to open my eyes. Two, I do not want my body to know that I'm awake. I want to fool my body into believing I'm asleep. I used to do what everybody else does. Get up, open my eyes and go to the bathroom. However, whenever I did, my body thought I was up for the night and try as I might, I could not convince my body to go back to sleep until I made one trip to the kitchen, and you know what that meant. Exactly... the refrigerator. This kitchen appliance holds no appeal for me, but I do enjoy the contents. Moreover, my body knows this only too well.



Life Does Have Its Compensations - Occasionally

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:29:12 -0500

At times, it seems as if there is absolutely no justice in this world, and then something wonderful happens making up for almost everything. This past week I was fortunate enough to experience one of those rare jewels of life. I must say not all weeks are like this. My weeks usually range from bad to worse to when will this ever stop? A normal week for me is when I take two steps forward and get run over by a car. Or, just when I think I'm caught up, I discover I've been working on last week's to-do list. Not that I'm complaining because complaining never gets anywhere in life. At least, no place I want to go. A man who complains aloud is a man who is not married. Wives have a way of turning their husband's complaining into "Well, its your own fault." It's amazing how this one phrase can cover a multitude of sins.



I Always Wanted to Be a CRUCIVERBALIST

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:01:43 -0500

One of my earliest recollections of my father is looking up at him at the kitchen table working his daily crossword puzzle. It was a daily routine that never varied over the entire time I was growing up and living at home. Even later visits at Mom and Dad's home always included that somber ritual, around which all other schedules for the day revolved.



Embrace Hygge Like Happy Norweigans

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:39:32 -0500

Norway was just named the happiest country in the world. Why are they so darn happy and what exactly is hygge?



All My Friends Are Getting Old

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 10:33:22 -0500

Getting old seems to be a long and slow process. The longer it goes the older you get. I didn't really think I was getting old until a few weeks ago I was visiting with some friends from high school. You know those old high school friends that you had fun with when you were young enough to have fun? And oh boy, what fun we had. A sharp difference exists between being young and being old. You have to get old to really understand the difference because when you are young you do not have enough time to think. That's the problem with young people today. So many things to do and so much technology they do not have any time left over to think.



Would You Like A Burp With That Hiccup?

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:06:49 -0500

Looking at the alarm clock by my bedside, it clearly read 2:37 a.m. The loud buzzing sound was not in my head after all. Who in the world could be calling me at this hour of the night? I grumbled to myself, sat straight up in bed and gasped. An emergency! Someone's in the hospital! Someone has died! All kinds of such thoughts danced through my sluggish brain as I reached for the telephone.



You May Actually Not Be Able to Go Home Again After All

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:16:51 -0500

When you first venture out into the world as a fresh eighteen-year-old kid, the world seems massive and full of wonder. Even the general lack of familiarity you have with a new town's roads is enough to elicit visions of foreign lands & worlds unknown. Things have changed, and you find out rather quickly that if you are not ready to adapt to these changes, you are liable to get left behind & seen as nothing more than some out-of-town rube.



Top O' The Morning To Ya

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:37:47 -0600

I gave myself two Christmas presents in December. One was an upright freezer which I love. The other was a DNA kit.



The Look of Angels

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:07:15 -0600

The authors reaction after observing the actions of a young person with Downs Syndrome in Church. It made me think of how, who and why this affliction is present today in our society. A wonderful, warm feeling after watching the eyes of this unique person in adoration.



Taking Care of Your House

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:54:00 -0600

Eliminate Odors from Your Home and household tips. Some useful tips to help with little problems at home.



I'll Do It First Thing Tomorrow

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:40:50 -0600

You would think being a husband as long as I have been I would have learned the fine art of negotiating with my wife. And trust me, it is an artistic creation. When I got married, somebody told me that marriage was a 50-50 proposition, which being the na?ve young man that I was, believed it entirely. The problem I have discovered is that 50 from a man's point of view may not necessarily be 50 from a woman's point of view. If I knew then what I know now, I would have asked that person to define what they meant by 50. Through the years, I discovered that at times it is a 25-75 split. Other times it is a 0-100. Nobody can be 100% right all the time unless of course they are married to a husband.



Grand Love - Missing Spark

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:58:55 -0600

How is your equation with your grandparents? We often talk about love and respect, relationships, broken relationships, - how to get away with them and many other issues of interest. Today, let us throw light on of the most substantial relationships- our grandparents. The reason I would like to discuss this concept: I personally feel that in this competitive and fashionable elite, our relation with grandparents have rotten. The extent to which they are belittled is just outrageous. As a matter of fact even in most affluential families, it has been observed that old parents are treated disrespectfully and rebuffed. They are not considered an important asset of the family. Is it just because we are now well acquainted to live in this virtual world mirrored with materialistic needs?



Financial Considerations for Foster Care and Exchange Students

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:46:54 -0600

Many families have a desire to extend the warmth of their home to foster children and foreign exchange students. For many, welcoming a new child or student into their family can be rewarding - for both the child and your family - however the arrangement does require some planning. As you consider becoming a foster or host parent, make sure you also anticipate the potential financial impacts.



What You Should Not Expect Your Nanny to Do

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:36:31 -0600

For centuries, professional nannies have given peace of mind to busy parents by providing care and support for the most important people in their lives - their children. The role of the nanny has become so synonymous with domestic household staff in general, however, that some people have developed the wrong impression of what a nanny should be expected to do once they start working for a family. In this short guide, we list a few things which no nanny should have to do (unless, of course, it has been agreed beforehand that this will be a part...



It's Deja Vu All Over Again

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 11:36:19 -0600

New Year's Day was filled with lots of excitement, plenty of grandchildren running around and enough food on the table to eliminate world hunger. Actually, it did eliminate my ravishing hunger, at least for the day. Both the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly simultaneously signed a deep sigh. My wife sat in her chair thinking and I, reclining in my chair musing. Believe me, we both had a lot to think about and muse over. The difference between thinking and musing is quite profound. Thinking requires a lot of hard work while musing is closely related to amusing, although I am not quite sure about the connection. All I know is it takes less energy to muse than it does to think and I'm all for saving energy.



The Advantages of Having a Sibling Who Is Close in Age

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:17:45 -0600

Oh my goodness, I have no idea what I would be doing right now if it weren't for my little sister and the fact that we are so close in age (more specifically, about a year apart, thanks to my moms forgetfulness and pill-form birth control). Besides the first year of my life, she has been with me through it all, and by that, I mean everything. So, in honor of celebrating another year of her life, I thought I'd make a list of the reasons I am so blessed to have a sister who is so close to my...



How To Select A Suitable Home Ventilation System

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 07:25:23 -0600

A good heat recovery ventilator can recover up to eighty-five percent of the outgoing air. In very cold weather, frost can easily accumulate at the center of heat exchange. The ventilator is built to deal with this problem by shutting out the cold incoming air for some minutes. It allows the warm air to run through the exchange center until the frost melts away, then ventilation continues normally.



You Can't Go Home Again

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 07:21:40 -0600

Many of us long to return to the home of good parents who raised us, and wish to find it to be the way we remembered it. That is not possible. Everything changes, including that, and us. We must find a context that allows us to keep the good memories as we live out our lives.



5 New Year's Resolutions for Busy Families

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:36:32 -0600

The problem of being busy all of the time (even though it is a good problem to have) hits those of us who have time-consuming jobs and are also raising a family the hardest. If you fall into this category, you may find it helpful to read the following list of five potential New Year's resolutions you could make to ensure your 2017 is less stressful than this year may have been!



The Best Manning Skills a Man Needs For The Family

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:06:55 -0600

By his God-given responsibility as the head of the family, the man is supposed to shoulder all the affairs of his family in a skillful manner. Thus, when a man assumes the role of a husband and architects his own family, he is mandated by his heavenly authority to steer its affairs. This is a difficult, challenging and sometimes an interesting office to hold. An excellent, close to perfect way of manning families does not exist in reality but in fairy tales and dreams. Yet, a determined and hardworking man can be successful in having a happy family. This can only be possible when the man exercises his duties effectively to supply the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the family.



What Intrigued Me As a Three-Year Old

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:15:51 -0600

When I was a three-year old, I remember, as far as my memory goes, we already had a television (black and white). There were two channels: one for children and one for adults. My parents let me watch both as a family together because there were no obscene scenes on either channel. Both of these mesmerized me and made me wonder how it was possible to create movies or cartoons? Back in those good old times, what else intrigued me? Look inside to find out.



I'm Fine, But They Need Help!

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:09:19 -0600

Every week we receive at least one call from someone who wants me to help their friend, partner or relative. They are surprised when we explain that there are certain things that are important: 1. The other person has to be willing.



Some Things Are Just Personal

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:10:59 -0600

I will grant I have a few eccentricities. But, far less than the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage has avowed through the years. Listening to her, a person might come to believe my eccentricities are without limit. It is simply not the case. I firmly believe one man's eccentricity is another man's way of doing something. After all, everybody has a way of doing everything they do. If that is eccentric, we all have a lot of 'plaining to do.



Choosing the Right Type of School

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:59:55 -0600

Now there are many more choices that parents face in planning for the education of their children. The choice between public school, home schooling, on-line schooling, or private schools is a dilemma for many parents. Parents of children affected by divorce often face this dilemma with more than the typical concerns and considerations that all parents face.



Creating Your Own Mini Library At Home

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:56:48 -0600

It all begins with one small fairy tale, given to you by your parents. One gets engrossed in that fictitious world with supernatural and mystical powers, colourful characters and the surroundings. Fast forward to the present and suddenly you're lost somewhere in that pile of novels, story books. The houses in the cities have small spaces, but your thirst for new books and more knowledge is increasing by the day. Space crunch is the issue, with your parents now concerned where to store your books.



The Only Contest I Really Win Each Year

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:52:24 -0600

Between now and the end of the year our house is going to be a mad dash for the stores in preparation for Christmas. This time of the year, I lay low and try to be as invisible as possible. If I hide in the shadows of the parsonage and do not speak, I am in pretty good shape. I have been practicing this for over 40 years, so I have reached a certain level of proficiency. Having a wife and two daughters has been a challenge, especially at this time of the year. My son and I have survived and so I am sure I will make it through another year. However, I am not taking anything for granted.



Trees? True Story

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:16:48 -0600

This is a true story. One that taught me a little bit about my communication skills. My youngest son and I had a conversation (over 26 years ago) when he was about 5 years old.



Top Reasons to Work With a Maid Agency

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:37:35 -0500

When looking for a helping hand to do household chores, entrust the job to a maid agency in Singapore. Discover the benefits of hiring a maid.



An Open Letter To My Parents

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:23:31 -0500

It is an open letter to the parents who showed the world in a way that was unbelievable. if you are blessed enough to give birth to a baby, then it's entirely your responsibility to be their best guide and guardian. A child will never follow your advice or instruction, he will always follow your path so don't you think you should lead by an example?



What Do Butlers Really Do in 2016?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:18:21 -0500

Have you ever wondered what butlers do in the 21st century? The role of a butler is far from its historic origins, so you might be surprised to find that household managers are now more involved in juggling smartphone to-do lists than silver plates!



3 Tips to Make Your Back To School Routine Transition Smooth!

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 14:43:22 -0500

Fall is almost upon us and it is already time to go back to school and begin our steady routines. The days will become shorter, the nights cooler, and the colors more vibrant and majestic as the leaves turn into crimson and amber tones. I think one of my favorite parts of going back to school each year was making my new routine that I would keep up to the holidays (my favorite part of the year:D). Today I have 3 tips that I still use when the seasons change to help keep my "back to school" routine transition smooth and even comforting.



Me And My Son

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:02:15 -0500

There is continuity in time, which is similar to a flowing river. When we are observing the water in the river, when it has crossed us, we will never see it again. Same is true for 'time'. Every father was a son earlier, and had his usual tiffs with his father. After every 25-30 years, history repeats itself. God must be getting amused, and I hope He doesn't get bored.



Choosing Soy Wax Candles As a Healthy and Frugal Alternative to Paraffin Based Candles

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:28:15 -0500

Get the facts on soy wax candles. You'll learn where soy wax comes from, why it's healthier and why it's easier on the pocket book.



The Relationship Panorama: Macho Males, Feminism, Divorces, And Personal Ambitions

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:32:17 -0500

Marriage and family life are the biggest inventions by humanity, for its social life; which put humanity at a higher pedestal, compared to other species. In democracy, people follow their leaders, who are more often than not, slave to sensual desires. Success in relationships demands: tolerance of others' views, accepting feminism, and striking a balance between personal ambitions and family life.



Self-Inflicted Sufferings In Life: Ego Clashes And Inability To Forget And Forgive

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:32:55 -0500

Why did God design, and introduced 'death', in the life cycle? He could have made us immortal. The only problem, with human beings is the inability to forget and forgive. We never forget the hurts caused by others. We carry the hurts with us, in our minds till death. God wants us to live with lesser unpleasant memories. We failed these expectations, and so God invented death, as a solution. When painful memories overpower, it is better to start life afresh, with a clean slate - a rebirth. We cling to our views, our egos to set right all friends, and relations. Spouses suffer maximum in this regard, as their interaction is unlimited.



5 Ways to Help People Preserve Precious Memories Forever

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:47:03 -0500

Every person would like to preserve the most cherished movements in their lives in whatever way they can. Some might resort to photography and album making to do it while some others may go for some thing new. In this article, we are listing out 5 different ways to preserve the information about our magical movements for ever.



Our Life Is Defined By Our Expectations

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:51:52 -0500

We expect something from others: parents, siblings, spouse, and our children. If our expectations aren't fulfilled, it hurts us. We are no longer happy. We live our life as per society's expectations. Its rituals are binding on us; even if we are unable to afford the cost. We try to conform our life style to the social expectations. Conformity is a path of least resistance, and is followed by weaklings. Can you set your own path and walk on?



Halloween Party Ideas on a Budget

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:51:15 -0500

With a few weeks away from Halloween, a smart home make should be able to create a plan to make the best Halloween party for her friends and family without breaking the bank. You can find affordable tips and advices from this article.



Handmade Idols

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:20:43 -0500

Today in India many Indians craft idols with our hands, It's more Eco-Friendly and convenient. September, it's the beginning of the celebrations season in India. One can come across many beautiful and colorful idols of Lord Ganesha. This is the much loved God of Hindu, lovable and worshiped at every Hindu home. It is the tradition to offer a prayer to Lord Ganesha before starting any new work.



Family - Love Them and Let Them Go, They'll Thank You Later

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 09:41:12 -0500

Family members are wonderful, colorful, and a reflection, gauge or a barometer of a small peek into the window of how our thoughts and judgments formulated into the truths that we live by and reveal how we calculate our responses and reactions to our life challenges. That is one of the key elements in any interpersonal relationship, first of all, there are the emotive responses and the logical responses that are all part of the human experience. We are all innately responding to factors in our environment whether we realize it or not. Conditioning and environment play key factors in our responses and reactions to life events, though much of the judgment is inner chatter or discussion that resonates with what we believe to be true, lawful, or what resonates with our sense of justice.



Haunted Siblings

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:46:50 -0500

A big lake in the midst of the village and the old roads were dreadful. Someone once said there is something nearby the lake you can feel the presence and listen to some whispers. It's a small village near my native place. I and two of my friends often visited every winter holidays but never felt staying there, but one of my friends had a wild idea to stay there for a week and had two rooms of the guest house booked.



Are You An Enabler?

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 07:24:37 -0500

Sometimes our intentions to help are misguided. We do things in the name of "help" that are in fact harmful. Such is the behavior of enabling. In this piece it is my intent to help you think about this important issue and encourage positive steps if this affects you.



7 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Your Parents

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:18:54 -0500

Old parents are quite often neglected by their own sons and daughters. Under the effects of the youthful blood, these youngsters go after money and the career, leaving their older parents in the cold confines of their homes. It is time to make the amends. Read this article to get the tips to improve the communication with the older people.



Madness For Reading

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:48:45 -0500

This is the story of my mom when I was a little tot of 4 years. My mom was passionate about reading magazines and novels (Suspense or thriller). She would ask my dad to bring many such books from the town library. He would bring as many as the librarian allowed to issuing at a time. My mom would finish up all her household works and keep plenty of time for her to read the magazine. She would rather not like anyone to disturb her and liked finishing up a story without any break.



A Tale Of Sweet And Sour Life Between Spouses

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:47:02 -0500

The concepts of 'marriage' and 'family' are some of the best innovative ideas of human mind. The concept of traditional marriages is already degenerating in West, where live-in partnership is preferred by spouses; as it safeguards the financial interests of the richer spouse. It is a backward step in human civilization; and is preferred due to 'trust deficit', between spouses. There are innocent disputes over minor issues in traditional marriages. A reconciliation after a bitter quarrel results invariably in recharging the 'love' battery in married life and it prolongs the honeymoon euphoria. Isn't it a better alternative?



How Fast the Shades of Summer Have Faded

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:14:23 -0500

Am I getting old or his time passing faster than it used to? It seems I just settle down to do something and before I know it, it is over. Back in "the day," a minute had 60 seconds.



Hello Lake! I'm Back!

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:03:10 -0500

A little girl expresses what she sees, hears, smells, tastes and feels at one of her favorite vacation spots.Experience her jubilant responses to the world of nature.



It's Hot And I Love It

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:52:31 -0500

Recently it has been rather hot around here. A little hotter than usual, in my estimation. I really don't know if it is getting hotter or as I get older, I'm not able to handle the hot weather. Every cloud has a silver lining, and sometimes you have to really work hard to find that silver lining.



The Real, Real Relation

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:37:39 -0500

This Article is about the lovely relation among brothers and sisters. That's the story of my Life. I am A Basic Author so please give me feedback. I would like to improve and write more.



3 Homesteading Hacks That Make Your Life Better

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:56:07 -0500

The best homesteading hacks that make life better: 1) the best way to plant seeds: Make sure you have lots of light: All seedlings require a considerable amount of light, so make sure you have a sunny, south-facing window. If seedlings don't get enough light, they will be leggy and weak. Get the timing right: The goal with seed starting is to have your seedlings ready to go outside when the weather is favorable.



Five Ways to Get Ready for Fall

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:29:28 -0500

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Watching the leaves turn beautiful hues of orange and golden brown is relaxing and refreshing. It's the perfect cool weather for football games, bonfires and enjoying the cozy feeling of fall.



The Honest Truth

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:32:28 -0500

It does take two to tango. However when they do tango, a third (or fourth) party get involved. Sometimes it is fun, other times it is not. When not, more are at stake than we think. And many end up bearing the brunt of our actions... despite the warning signals we willingly ignored.



What Is a Bath Sheet?

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:35:56 -0500

As a lover of bath towels, I have recently fallen in love with bamboo towels. However, I have started seeing promotions for bath sheet towels more and more often. It made me do some research on bath sheets and ask myself, what is a bath sheet?



Homestay: Learn Away From Home

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:12:02 -0500

Homestay usually involves an agreement/contract with your host. It can be made verbally or better established in print. These agreements address the guest's length of stay, use of the house facilities, etc.



How to Preserve Family Memories

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:37:27 -0500

If you don't preserve family memories and history, who will? While it can take some investment in time, it's surprising how those precious memories can be preserved with equipment you already have.



Harmony at Home - Crucial for Family Development

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:35:34 -0500

A family that wishes its development should have harmony within it. There are many reasons that cause disharmony. Lack of harmony brings adverse effects to the family. If harmony is restored, development will reach soon. Development ensures happiness of a family.



Top Tips For Staying Warm This Winter

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 08:39:13 -0500

This winter it's time to stay warm. We've got the best tips for heating up your life and staying on top of your health and happiness!



The Exchange of Presents Demands Your Presence

Sun, 07 Aug 2016 10:19:26 -0500

Tis the season for presence. Giving presents is more than giving a wrapped package. Intentional attention is a pathway to good health.



Old Age, Youth, And Family Life

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:19:13 -0500

Happiness and harmony in life are evading us. Buddha said, "There is suffering all around, and it is inevitable; but there is a way out." There is no magic wand to cure. We have to inculcate godly traits and shed devilish qualities. Ego clashes between spouses lead to broken homes. There is lack of tolerance, in the society. Let there be friendship between spouses, siblings, and between parents, and children. Humanity deserves love and harmony in life.



The Evolution of Private Household Staff

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 08:33:13 -0500

Positions associated with private household staff have certainly evolved over the past century, with the television drama Downton Abbey highlighting the differences between the old and the new. Technology and the way in which the middle and upper class socialise has had an impact on who they employ as household staff and how they recruit them, but also paves the way for a stronger fleet of individuals being recruited in the private household sector.



Spying Over Kids - Does This Really Work?

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:09:43 -0500

There is no point in spying over your kids. Eventually they will get to know and there will be trust deficit. Instead it would be interesting to find out the ways to look after your kids in a natural manner.



Chores, Janet Jackson, VHS and a Slinky

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:40:29 -0500

Music was a big part of my life growing up (and still is!) Like many 90's babies I'm sure, the musical upbringing was eclectic, songs could go from Kenny G. to Tupac or TLC to Duran Duran; in the words of Halsey we were "raised on Biggie and Nirvana."



How To Choose The Best Vacuum Sealer

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:30:15 -0500

Food waste. According to the National Defense Resource Council (NDRC), American families throw away approximately 25% of their food. The answer may be to buy a vacuum sealer.



Nanny Or Au Pair?

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:15:17 -0500

Both nannies and au pairs look after other people's children on a daily basis. Both may live in your home and both will likely form a strong bond with your whole family unit. While the duties are similar hiring a nanny and hiring an au pair are two different things and here's why.



What Is A Nanny?

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:54:19 -0500

What is a nanny? While you may think you know the answer to that question, what a nanny really is may surprise you.



A Romantic Hug A Day Delays The Onset Of Old Age In Married Life

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:30:22 -0500

As we grow old, the romance in married life - more often than not - evaporates. We all, want to bask in romantic love, after marriage. But it doesn't work out that way. Familiarity between spouses breeds contempt and destroys the honeymoon aura, sooner than our expectations. There is a mismatch in the intensity to seek romance in old age, between spouses. Men yearn for hugging and romance till 90s, but majority of women lack the desire after 50. God should have realised His folly and corrected the mismatch. It isn't late, even now.



What's in Your Backyard Memory?

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:21:05 -0500

Thinking back over the years, I remembered a time when everything seemed glorious. I had a happy childhood and I loved where I lived. I especially loved the backyard where I would play in my homemade sandbox for hours all by myself. Come out of your busy schedule and join me for a breath of fresh air.