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Columns

  • Moving with life

    Over 2,500 years ago, the philosopher Heraclitus dipped his toes into a river in Greece and instantly understood that change itself is the one unchanging reality. Everything is in flux. Change is the source of life, the one thing you can trust. 

  • A stranger on a train

    By Ginger Lumpkin

    Barreling through the night at a hundred miles an hour, lightning flashes in the distance. The train whistle sounds lonesome as we round the bend. When I fell asleep, strapped into an upper bunk, we were in Kansas. 

  • Pray 'till you get cookies

     Radio commentator, Paul Harvey, tells about a 3-year-old boy who went to the grocery store with his mother. Before they entered the grocery store she said to him, “Now you’re not going to get any chocolate chip cookies, so don’t even ask.”

  • No plan needed

    By Ginger Lumpkin

    I’m a bit of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, go wherever the adventure takes me kind of gal. I am driven by the desire for new experiences and these experiences feed my storytelling nature.    

  • Think possibility

    A few years ago I was talking with a student about her academic career and new-fashioned optimism. “Your future is full of possibility,” I said admiringly. Without hesitation, she replied, “Yours is too.” She thought nothing of her remark. I thought a lot about it.

  • Learning and sharing humility

     Humility is a difficult thing to define. Most people say, “I know it when I see it.” We are offended when we see arrogance, and we like it when arrogant people get what’s coming to them.

  • The basics of good living
  • Oh, Canada!

    By Ginger Lumpkin

    I marked another item off my 50x50 bucket list this week! I have now seen all five Great Lakes. The only one remaining was Lake Ontario, so I decided to take advantage of the kids being at camp and headed to Toronto. 

  • Oh, Cheri

    By Ginger Lumpkin

     When I pulled into the parking lot of Toys-R-Us, 8-year-old Hudson Charles excitedly admonished, “Hurry up and park!”

    “I’m trying,” I reassured. 

  • When you lose a pet

    By Sherry White 

    When your family or companion pet dies there can be overwhelming feelings of pain and loss. You are grieving. But few people recognize the death of a pet is a very real loss.