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Thanksgiving – Coping with mental illness

“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.” I Thess 5:16-18 (MSG) What? I’m supposed to go around with a happy face pasted on? Days when our loved ones’ mental illness is causing great distress for everyone, it is hard to even think about cheerful. Hallucinations, violent outburst, or

Gift Giving

Each year, at this time, we lament the commercialism of the Holy Season. But what do most of us (and I mean us, including myself) do about it? We go ahead and purchase to our limit with little caveats that make us feel good. You know what I mean: buying from local hometown businesses rather

Ahhh … The Holidays

It’s that time of year again. You know . . . visions of sugar plums and all that. Days filled with family gatherings, warm fires, singing of carols, and bah humbug. Don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy the holidays. Even more now that the pressure of Sunday School plays and my mother’s critique of