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Bible In a Year Podcast

What Makes a Good Life?

What make a good life? This age-old question has been asked for thousands of years, from ancient Stoics to modern-day philosophers. While listening to Day 196 of the Bible in a Year Podcast, Fr. Mike Schmitz had an answer that I think just absolutely struck the nail on the head. The lesson can be found…

Energy

Energy for Living

I do not need a  lot of sleep—give me 5–6 hours a night, and I am ready to go in the morning. I just generally have  a lot of energy. I have often wondered why this is so, especially since some family members require much more sleep. Why was I made so that I do…

Joy

Joyful v. Happy

I do not know about you, but I am getting tired of all this talk about happiness—finding happiness for ourselves…keeping our employees happy…raising happy children…making others happy. The thought of trying to be happy all the time exhaust me. Joy, on the other hand, is something I can get behind. To me, joy is a…

Eye Closed

Is Anyone Looking?

I had a great ride on my Peloton bike this morning. I love that thing! It got me thinking about showing up and doing the work, even by yourself. When no one is looking, and it is just you, do you push yourself harder? Do you push yourself further? Do you show up, just for…

One

One Body, One Life

We all only get one body and one life. In this way, every human on earth is the same, no matter the country where they were born, the color of their skin, or the amount of money in their wallet. What are we doing with these two precious resources? Are we nourishing or poisoning? Are…

How I Built This

Setback or Setup?

I have been listening to the podcast “How I Built This with Guy Raz” for some time now. Their tagline is spot on: “How I Built This” weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.” It is fun and educational to listen to stories of successful entrepreneurs and the journeys…

Great Wall of China

The Infamous China Trip

Seventeen years ago, when Ed and I had been married for 10 years, we were living on Okinawa, a small Japanese island in the Pacific Ocean. (Ed was stationed there as a Navy pilot.) Since we were living in Asia, I thought it would be a great opportunity to travel a bit and see that…

American Flag

Proud to Be an American

And I’m proud to be an American, Where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, Who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up, Next to you and defend her still today. ’Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA. Every…

Graduation

Who Were You Created to Be?

Our son graduated from high school this past Sunday. In the blink of an eye, he went from a cute little boy attending pre-K classes a few days a week to a handsome young man, ready to go off to college to discover who he is. Will he become the person God created him to…

You Get What You Get

You Get What You Get

How many times have you heard a child say, “It’s not fair!”? How many times have you said that yourself? It’s not fair I have to study so hard to get good grades. It’s not fair I gain weight just by looking at desserts. It’s not fair she makes more money than me for doing…