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5 Things You Can Do Today to Reclaim Your Joy (No Pixie Dust Required)

In Op-Eds by Karen Scalf Bouchard

What is it about the movie “Hook” that has captivated kids (and their parents!) for nearly thirty years? Robin Williams, certainly. And pirates always help. And, of course, Tinkerbell was pretty neat. But that warm feeling the movie left us with…where did that come from? Ah, yes. The plot. That great storyline in which a man rediscovers joy. Peter Pan rediscovered joy, and audiences across the nation cheered and cried. He found his lost “happy thoughts” and, for the first time …

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Motherhood: Not for the Faint of Heart

In Op-Eds by Karen Scalf Bouchard

When I think of May, I think of flowers and moms. And just as there are endless varieties of blooms, moms are pretty diverse, too. They come in all shapes, sizes, states of mind, levels of mom-skills, and more. That variety means that even though everybody has a mother, not everybody shares similar experiences and memories of the iconic maternal influence. Perhaps this is why Mother’s Day comes under fire now and again. We enjoy celebrating Donna-Reed-type moms, but what …

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God in the Groan

In Op-Eds by Andrew Arndt

Call to Me “Call to me and I will answer you,” says the Lord on the lips of the prophet Jeremiah (Jer 33:3). This dynamic of human call and divine response is at the heart of the biblical narrative. Without it, there simply is no story to tell. The God of the Bible has chosen to identify himself by his involvement in our history–much of it in answer to prayer. Robert Jenson comments: “Asked who God is, Israel’s answer is, ‘Whoever rescued us from …

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Nobody Knows the Truffles I’ve Seen

In Op-Eds by Karen Scalf Bouchard

When life is filled with troubles and stress, we crave chocolate, don’t we? Chocolate is our go-to comforter. When we’re feeling lonely, we crave Chocolate Kisses. When finances are stressful, we can find ourselves reaching for a 100 Grand Bar. And when we feel the need to be rescued, what’s not to love about 3 Musketeers? My troubles have sent me to more truffles than I care to admit. And maybe there’s a reason. When we’re stressed, our bodies produce …

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Prayer: The Fabric of the American Culture

In Op-Eds by Dick Eastman

Today, May 3, 2018, is America’s National Day of Prayer. It became a permanent fixture on America’s calendar of national observances in May of 1988 when President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law designating the first Thursday of May annually as America’s official, annual National Day of Prayer. I had the privilege, as a member of America’s National Prayer Committee, to be in the White House that day in 1988 to watch President Reagan sign this unprecedented historic document. …