laughter and hope

In her idea-spurring book, Make a List, Marilyn McEntyre describes list-making as a spiritual exercise. She describes how the making of lists can shape, form, and reveal us - while she also shares a number of her own as examples and food for thought. One of them, "What marriage teaches us," includes these ideas: There‚Äôs…

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Things to say (and not say)

You don't have to live very long to realize: some words are helpful at strengthening relationships -- and some are definitely not. Asking your spouse or your child "Do you mind taking the trash out?" definitely tends to work better than saying "Why do I always have to remind you to take out the garbage?"…