Uncle Lutz

by Ruth Anne Wood My friend Lutz (82) strung up and tuned my new violin the day it arrived in mid December 2020. He started playing violin as a boy in Germany and smuggled it out of his birthplace. He still plays in an orchestra, folk song society and Gilbert &...

More Than I Can Handle

by Staci Bell It has been said many times, to many hurting people, from many well-meaning people, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  It has even been quoted as Scripture. It’s not in the Bible. Not even close. When I think about my dad walking home from...

Family History Uncovers Holocaust Ties

by Mark Lehman Writers note: In November the world remembers the anniversary of Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass. By many historians this was considered the first public demonstration of Adolph Hitler’s plan to annihilate the Jewish population in Europe....

What Is Your Legacy?

By Edie Weinstein                                                                          My friend Lisa Gidholm issued this invitation yesterday and it was one I couldn’t decline since death has been on my mind a great deal lately. “I am looking for a Volunteer....

Altruism and The Common Good

                                   By Edie Weinstein You’re standing in a supermarket checkout line with a basket full of groceries and you notice the person behind you attempting to juggle five or six items while calming a crying toddler who is way past nap time....

Cognitive Dissonance in Chaotic Times

by Edie Weinstein World events are unfolding at a breakneck pace, rendering even the most psychologically stable people on the verge of emotional dysfunction.  Each day upon awakening, the news feed is filled with stories of death and destruction. While it’s true that...

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