The Human Touch
January 14, 2022

In Greek mythology, Midas was a king who turned everything he touched into gold. Having the Midas Touch is now synonymous with being able to easily turn a large profit. But what value does the human touch have in our world? It seems like some businesses celebrate a lack of human touch. For example, “contactless” […]

Self-Aware and Trusting
January 5, 2022

I know that eating sugary desserts is not healthy. However, I often find my way to eating candy, ice cream and cookies. Why do I do this even though I know it’s not healthy? I tend to blame my husband. He likes to buy these treats and he brings them into the house. So, I […]

Protecting Our Environment
November 12, 2021

I do to my part to recycle everything I can. I also drive a hybrid car, which uses less gas. I avoid plastic bottles as best I can. Yes – I care about the environment as many people do. By studying our ecology, we can learn about the relationship between humans and the environment so […]

Know Thy Neighbor
November 5, 2021

When I was young, my favorite show was Gillian’s Island. It was a show about seven castaways stranded on a deserted island. The show stopped production in 1967 but the reruns aired during my childhood and I would watch them all, again and again. Each character had their own quirky personality, and I grew to […]

Shelter from the Storm
October 29, 2021

Whenever we take vacations with the family near the beach, my brother-in-law brings his boat and offers us a ride. While we were out one day, dark and ominous clouds suddenly formed in the sky above us. We wouldn’t have time to make it back to the boat ramp, so instead, we docked at a […]

Beware of Efficiency
October 22, 2021

Many families suffer from an over-packed schedule. I was one of those families. When my children were young, they were enrolled in numerous activities including scouts, music lessons, sports, faith formation and even robotics! Now, families also factor in time spent with media, such as video gaming, streaming movies and connecting online in all sorts […]

Fake News
October 14, 2021

When I was younger, my sister told me I was adopted. For a few minutes, I believed her. It was a story that was plausible. Sometimes I felt like I didn’t fit in with my family. I felt different at times. Her statement tapped into my insecurities. I was vulnerable to believe her. This is […]

Books Vs. Screens
October 7, 2021

Today, we’re talking about screens versus books. Is one better than another? According to some studies, such as this one, cognitive activity, like reading a book, helps to keep our brains healthier. Reading a book forces the brain to remember a variety of characters, timelines, plots and subplots. Also, the printed words found in a […]

The Time of Our Lives
September 29, 2021

When my children were young, a digital timer was a helpful parenting assistant. I set the timer to let my children know how long they could play, when it was time to do chores, brush their teeth and even to sit and think about what they had done – also known as “time out”. The […]

Saving Power of Silence
September 22, 2021

When I get into my car, the first thing I do is buckle my seatbelt. The second thing is switch on the radio. I do these things without even thinking. These are habits that are deeply engrained into my routine. Sometimes, however, I decide to drive in silence. Even though I’m the only one in […]

The Wonder of God
September 16, 2021

When I was young, my family would drive from Maryland to Miami each Summer to visit relatives. My siblings and I would pile into the station wagon and cruise along the highway looking out the window staring at the world around us. We didn’t have screens back then, which meant only one thing – we […]

Seven Minutes to Meaning
September 7, 2021

I have a friend that I see about six times each year. Between our busy schedules, it’s difficult to find the time to meet up and catch up on life. I’ve noticed that when we first see each other after a long absence the conversation can be a little “generic.” It takes a little time […]

Walk the Walk
September 1, 2021

I was sitting in the bedroom starting at my computer screen when my twenty-something son popped his head through the doorway and said, I’m going for a walk. Do you want to join me? I was feeling sluggish and worn out. I really wanted to blurt out, I’m too tired but instead I said, “sure!” […]

Mixed Bag
August 26, 2021

When I was young, I used to imagine what my life would look like in the future. Who would I marry? (Turns out Dan.) What would my children look like? (Tall by the way.) Now, believe it or not, I am trying to imagine what my life would look like if I fasted from digital […]