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Don’t nobody bring me no bad news! »

When I was a young child, I loved musicals, including one called The Wiz, starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. At one point, the witch in The Wiz sang, “Don’t nobody bring me no bad news!” Lately, I’ve been in agreement with that one line. No bad news, please.

But my cell phone does not

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Dukes down: acting on our faith »

This year started much like the last one ended—in a political fight with our dukes up.

We seem to argue daily: in conversations at home, in the workplace, and, yes, even in our houses of worship. People of faith are having trouble speaking civilly to one another as they hunker down in their respective political corners

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7 ways to recognize fake news »

So I made the mistake of getting into a Facebook disagreement with a young relative over a news story about a movie star who voiced an opinion at an awards show. (When will I ever learn?)

Then I read the article my relative linked to, and I was surprised. It wasn’t a news story at all.

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Tiny house, new baby means minimizing stuff »

We are preparing to add one person to our 650-square foot condo in the city. Already, two humans, a dog and cat reside there.

My husband and I have done a lot of work over the years to keep this space usable and relaxing. We try not to bring in items that we don’t need. Instead,

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Enjoy this final day of Christmas »

“On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me twelve drummers drumming…” goes the final verse of the familiar carol. I’m sure that the true love would no longer be my true love if I received such a gift, especially atop all the other gifts of the previous 11 days. Who would

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Giving up gossip »

What is there about gossiping that so many of us are drawn to it like a moth to a flame? Is it a guilty pleasure where we think there are no victims? As kids we’re taught not to tattle on others. As adults it seems like we do it all the time. Some of

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Dignity for all »

I am naive enough to still be shocked when I hear that some still think having an inaccessible business, church or campus is okay in today’s world.

I believe that it is every entity’s responsibility to be accessible to people living with disabilities. I also believe that these matters are not only the concern of people

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New Year’s resolutions for the birds »

The Bottom Line, a weekly newsletter where I work featured a headline: “New Year Resolutions . . . for the Birds!”

Why? Because each and every day begins with a new opportunity.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future

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