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Life On Purpose

An attitude of gratitude is life-changing

These last two years of celebrating "Friendsgiving" with our special friends has taught me more about being grateful in all circumstances.

Caregiving changes with time and age, and the need for support grows even stronger

New column by Eileen Benthal: Caregiving is more than a role we assume to take care of our family members; it's a calling to embrace compassion and grow in discovering a future full of hope. If you are a caregiver, you are not alone. 

‘Awareness’ is the first step toward compassion

If we follow the idea behind these awareness campaigns and remember that we don’t necessarily know another’s pain, so be patient and respectful, many lives could be helped by our kindness. 

The thing with feathers that perches the soul

Column: The poet Emily Dickinson compared hope to a bird, like the sweet goldfinches that stay close to my sunflowers, watching and waiting for the them to bloom and the seeds to ripen.

For a person with disabilities, accessibility is everything in a world full of obstacles

As the parent of a child with disabilities, I thought I understood what it was like to be disabled in a world mostly for able-bodied people. A broken knee taught me that I didn't have a clue.

Transformation of an overgrown, forgotten garden is a symbol of renewal and hope

“Behold, I make all things new.” It took hard work to uncover the beauty that lay beneath the weeds, and now, four years later, the garden is renewed in splendor.

My hope for life: One woman’s personal story of pregnancy and motherhood

Column by Eileen Benthal: The debates over abortion are not about whether we are pregnant with human life. The debate is about when we decide this human life is a person with rights protected under the law and whose rights —  the mother’s right to choose or the child’s right to life — takes precedence. 

Learning to ‘bee patient’— an important life lesson

Beekeeping teaches the value of being patient.

Freedom comes with responsibilities

The Lord promises the Spirit brings freedom and heaven answers our prayers with a question, “Why are you standing there looking at the sky?” Who is freedom for if not for the living? 

The soothing — yes, soothing — sound of my rooster’s morning call

There are lessons to be learned in the garden and even in the backyard chicken coop. While some may not appreciate being awakened by a crowing rooster at dawn, we all can relate to the struggle of finding our own voice and speaking up for another’s good will.