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Pandemic brings life changes to a marriage

Other Side of 50

Due to COVID-19, my husband and I are at home a lot more these days. All that togetherness has given me time to reflect on how my husband and I manage change over time. Of course, marriage created modifications in my lifestyle right from the start. Following in my mother’s footsteps, I felt responsible for having a homecooked meal on […]

Priorities emerge during the pandemic

Other Side of 50

I think some of us are surprised by what has become most important to us as a society over these past four months. Take, for example, the most basic of our needs, something as simple as air and food. Pre-pandemic we may have been worried about air quality if it was allergy season, but now being able to breathe virus-free […]

Fight for justice with love

Roots of Faith

Martin Luther King Jr., the great advocate for the poor and minorities in the 1960s, was, at heart, a Baptist clergyman. King said, “Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the Gospel. This was my first calling, and it still remains my greatest commitment” (“Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool,” sermon preached in 1967 […]

Comfort is within arm’s reach

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You are sitting in your favorite spot in your home—what do you have within arm’s reach? I recently polled my workmates and received a host of answers, including a computer or iPad, tissues, reading material, Sudoku or crossword puzzles, a pen, a notepad, the television remote, a beverage and, of course, a cellphone. As human beings, we like our frequently […]

The front porch, a rediscovered—and needed—social space

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My husband and I used to chuckle when my mother-in-law lived with us. She would set up shop inside our open garage with her cup of tea, our dog on a leash, her lawn chair, her Table-Mate tray table and a set of magazines. It did not matter that our backyard held lovely views of the Conejo Valley; the view […]

Short verse packs a powerful punch

Roots of Faith

“Jesus wept.” Just two words long, John 11.35 is the shortest verse in the Bible. It’s also one of the more difficult to comprehend, a seemingly straightforward sentence that is actually quite complex. John Chapter 11 tells of the raising of a dead man, Lazarus. The story is set right before Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem for Passion Week. It’s the […]

Celebrating milestones in isolation

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Birthdays during the pandemic have certainly changed. Take, for example, a first birthday, which is full of symbolic meaning. It’s a time when a child’s parents reflect on how quickly the year has gone. One-year-olds have achieved so much in their first short year. They have developed their own personality and can really enjoy the excitement of a party just […]

Take time to discuss life plans

Other Side of 50

Before COVID-19, many of us over the age of 60 never regarded ourselves as “older adults” or as someone with an underlying medical condition. However, it didn’t take long for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and county public health officers to place new classifications on us once the novel coronavirus arrived in the United States. I have many […]

Peace in God produces good mental health in troubled times

Roots of Faith

In discussing healing, we often overlook that God also cares about our mental health. During this pandemic, calls to suicide hotlines are up. Our emotional life may be taking a beating. We’re terrified that we or a loved one will be infected; that our business will collapse; that our finances will run out; or that we may never feel safe […]


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