Retired educator. Women’s counselor. Managed (25 years) home for otherwise homeless children. Contributor/columnist (15 years) several professional magazines, 60 articles. I help broken women.
A note from Jamie: Welcome my friend Katharine who talks about living with sleep apnea and using a CPAP machine. I was diagnosed with this same condition 15 years ago and attest to how important the CPAP machine is!
LIFE WITH A CPAP
When we blow into a baby’s face, he will gasp and panic as if suffocating. That’s how the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP pronounced see-pap) machine feels, at first.
You want to panic.
The first time I felt such panic as an adult, my eye doctor had aske...
Katharine Trauger, a member of my Blog Beautiful Facebook group, says it like this…
“Think hard about what people love to hear you talk about, what they ask your opinion about, what they send their friends to you for. That type of question you keep having to answer, that you wish you just . . .
What could bring several officials from Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), The Salvation Army and the Arkansas State Library 100 miles to the small town of Delight in the southwest quadrant of Arkansas?
When I was first starting my business, I would occasionally field requests from friends to work for free or discounted prices. It would be an awkward conversation. On one hand, I wanted to say yes, because they were my friends, and friends help each other out. But . . .
Sometimes even a minor personal glitch that doesn’t really apply to your profession can inspire true love.
I wrote about the morning I locked my keys in the car and told it in a forehead-slapping-murpheys-law style, with oodles of thanks for all my rescuers. The lesson was . . .
My friend has not had the easy life that I have had. Abandoned with four small children to raise, she runs a simple business in her home, with which her children, as they have aged, have had to help. They have chosen to live frugally and . . .
OK, it has finally hit you: Suddenly you understand why that other home school mom used to be so self-doubting … She had a toddler in her home. Now, your turn . . .
My first lesson in pasta-making came right after I married. My brand new in-laws considered pot roast served with egg noodles cooked in the broth a necessary skill and my husband’s mother, bless her, made sure I knew how to make the noodles . . .
When we began home schooling, the worldly officials in our part of the world convinced us that we were all alone, that we would ruin our children, and that we would eventually find ourselves in jail. Such foreboding can cause a person to do strange things . . .
My favorite Bible story as a child was about Peter walking on water. Even the ungodly know this one and like it. Something about this miracle is attrac . . .
I often get asked about the one piece of advice I would give to all home schoolers. Probably folks want some type of motto that fits all situations and clears the air about many problems. I have thought and thought about this, and—for now, anyway—I think the best . . .
You may be starting to wonder, “Am I being controlled? Is this something I should begin taking more seriously? Could this problem person in my life be a bigger problem than . . .