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Making a change »

Last night, as this little blog on New Year’s resolutions was almost finished and about to be due, I discovered a month-old article written by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. The topic and byline: “Baptism begins real new year; Resolutions will always come up short in

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Gravestone duty »

I can’t go to the Old Orchard Shopping Mall in Skokie, Ill., without stopping by the cemetery across the street. My dad and most of his family are buried there. When I went shopping yesterday, I visited the family graves.

I have memories of going to the cemetery with my dad regularly when I was growing

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Violence in America »

“Blacks kill whites, it’s jail time. Whites kills blacks, it’s riot time. Blacks kill blacks it’s Miller time.”

This quote directly from Reverend Jessie Jackson refers to society’s views of violence in America as it relates to race. Recent events of violence in America towards

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A day of action »

Established as a federal holiday in 1983, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was designated a National Day of Service by Congress in 1994. In different states, various organizations and volunteer groups have planned this day for you to volunteer in communities, mentor a youth, assist a senior, learn more about creating peace,  and create a

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Wine, women, sex is free »

Back in the seventies many high school classes would complete this saying with the year they were to graduate. It was chanted at football games, pep rallies or any other event where school spirit was appreciated. Wine, women, sex is free, we’re the class of ’73 or wine,

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Why do you care? »

What would you say if someone asked you why you care about Women of the ELCA? I mean, clearly you do – you wouldn’t be reading this blog if you didn’t. But why do you care? What makes you care enough to spend your precious time and

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The “dead” in deadlines »

“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” – Samuel Johnson

Well, yes, the thought of death concentrates the mind. But so does the thought of deadlines. Those of us who work in publishing

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Mind Your Manners

Channeling Miss Manners »

The other day my husband and I were walking down the sidewalk in my neighborhood. I’m no spring chicken and he’s 10 years older. A young mother with a child on each hand came walking toward us. One of us was going to have to step aside; preferably all of us would make the

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