Picnic Set: In Praise of A Better Choice Than Traditional Baskets

In Praise of The Picnic Set A picnic set is a far better choice than a traditional basket. They are stylish, colorful and add to the ambience of your outdoor experience. These sets often include a tablecloth and enough dishes and utensils to serve two to four people. Some will even include salt and pepper shakers along with other essential accessories. Most people love a picnic set because they secure everything in a single container. Plates, napkins and utensils are held in their appropriate Read more [...]

Promoting Independence In Children Using a Hands Off Approach

Is Promoting Independence In Children A Hands Off or Hands On Approach I think I was a hands on parent as my children were growing up and I think I prefer that method of promoting independence in children . But to be fair for a large part of their growing,  I was not home for most of the day. It was my wife that was the stay at home parent. Still I think she was pretty hands on too. The idea of being a hands off parent would not have been something we would have considered. But I can see Read more [...]

Church Fellowship: Sharing Our Brokenness Together

Church Fellowship: Brokenness To Find Grace Finding acceptance and grace in the church Fellowship sounds like a ridiculous thought if you were to view the church in the spotlight of today's media. Yet for some of us that is what being a member of the church is all about. It's all too easy to to write the church off as an outmoded institution. But when, like Alcoholics Anonymous people get together in their brokenness, then and only then can grace abound. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all of us Read more [...]

Driving in America Tips: 4 Things I Learned Road Tripping North America

Driving in America Tips: Finding People and Places of Beauty While Traveling Over the course of my life I have traveled all around North America, mostly in the U.S.A. but at times in Canada as well. On my travels I have seen and done some pretty amazing things, there are however four main things I have learned while traveling. Here are my driving in America tips. People Are, As A Whole, Exceptionally Friendly The first of which is that people are, as a whole, exceptionally friendly. No matter Read more [...]

I Really Am Sorry: How To Teach Kids To Say It And Mean It

How Do You Teach Kids To Say "I Really Am Sorry" The problem with any method of teaching kids to say "I Really Am Sorry" the right way is that is requires you to give full attention to the children involved. The up side is that once you have established the pattern you only have to set the process in motion. The time commitment is not as stringent. Having said that, when I was learning how to deal with children I used to get really annoyed with authors that set up processes for children saying Read more [...]

Picnic Wine: Surprise Your Significant Other With Chardonnay

Chardonnay And Picnic Wine If your goal is to surprise your significant other, perhaps by taking him or her to a romantic location. You often need look no further than the nearest park or patch of forest. These are outstanding places that mix your own tastes with the gifts that nature has to offer us. In wooded areas, you can find yourself gazing at beautiful clearings or even over the edge of cliffs that look onto beautiful lakes or ravines. There really is no limit to what you can find out there. Read more [...]

Effective Witnessing For Christ: Curiosity, Empathy, Sharing, Caring

Effective Witnessing For Christ: Not What You Think In my attempt at effective witnessing for Christ, I remember Amsterdam very clearly. With a Youth With A Mission Team I was out on the streets. I was also finding myself overwhelmed as the the drugs sellers were everywhere. Starting a conversation with one of the dealers, I could not help myself and out of shear curiosity I asked him all about his business. He was very happy to give me all the details. Eventually he asked what I was doing Read more [...]

Strength & Conditioning: Its Importance For Life & Living

Strength & Conditioning Is For Living Longer It is true that exercise is not enough if you want to lose weight. But it is just as true that exercise has some significant benefits and not just to weight loss. Strength & Conditioning is important for living longer. Mark Rippetoe is a famous strength coach who said: "Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general". It turns out that is more than just a nice quote. In a study called: Association Read more [...]

What Faith is Not: The Struggle Between Doctrine & Faith

Doctrine Is Precisely What Faith Is Not If I were to talk to you about what faith is not, would you agree that "it is not doctrine"? I think that most would agree with that. Yet when I put forward the idea that doctrine is not as important to God as faith I am often confronted with Ephesians 4:14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. The implication Read more [...]