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Tackling Hard Tasks

Generally, we avoid hard tasks, putting them off while we either do easier tasks or distract ourselves. This is understandable, as a hard task might feel daunting or overwhelming. Unfortunately, spending our hours on urgent but easy tasks versus difficult but important tasks is generally a costly choice. So let’s talk for a minute about hard

Letting Go of Imaginary Needs

Live simply, like a child. An infant needs very little to be happy. Clothes, food, love, and a place to explore, that’s it. They have so few needs. And yet they’re so happy. Or when they’re not happy, it’s usually because one of their few needs is not being met. As these toddlers grow up,

Most Who Object to Mandatory Vaccination Are Not ‘Anti-Vaxxers’

Commentary As someone who has been taught to measure my words, I have had enough of the prime minister’s attempt to brand people who object to the COVID vaccines as “anti-vaxxers.” He made the most of it, of course, during the recent election campaign, when he told us that he was not going to let

How to Make the Most of Your Marriage

One of the biggest days of your life has come and gone. You’ve stood up before a group of people and taken vows you’ve sworn to uphold. Perhaps you followed up that event with a gala, an evening of dining and dance, or perhaps you left some clerk’s office in City Hall and drove back

Parenting Matters: Become a Dynamic Parent

In his book, “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic,” Matthew Kelly describes four characteristics that separate dynamic Catholics from “other” Catholics. While reading his small book, I kept thinking these same characteristics define dynamic parents as different from “ordinary” parents. I have adapted these principles as they apply to parents below. Dynamic Parents Read

The Erosion of Medical Freedom

In late 2020, vaccinations became available for COVID-19 under emergency use authorization. Back then, getting a shot was considered a matter of personal choice. Within a few months, however, that choice is deteriorating, as a number of employers, schools, and even the federal government now insist that the shot is a must for everyone. With

Marriages Are Made in Heaven: Sacred Wedding Traditions That Honor the Divine

A marriage ceremony is not just the union of two humans but is a sacred and solemn occasion that is founded on faith and ties two families together. Since ancient times, people of faith have upheld that wedlock is holy in nature and should be respected. Every culture and ethnicity has its own wedding-time traditions

The Joys and Pitfalls of Being a Grandparent

By Jeff Minick From that most prolific of authors, Unknown, we have this aphorism: “A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” That amalgam of those three little bits into “grandparent” creates one of the greatest joys life can bestow on us. Being a grandparent is

7 Ways to Get Rid of Flies in the House

Flies are a nearly unavoidable nuisance in most homes, especially during the warmer months of the year. They’re annoying for sure, but more than just pesky, houseflies (Musca domestica) can carry and transmit disease and cause illness. Consider these seven simple ways to banish these pests from the house and keep them out for good.

Burnt Roses: Facing Loss and Grief

Grief comes boxed in many different packages. The death of a loved one, a routine visit to the doctor that reveals a fatal disease, the end of a marriage, a heart broken by betrayal, a young person caught up in drugs and sentenced to prison, the untimely death of a pet, bankruptcy, a job lost

6 Reasons Why Families Should Visit the Library Regularly

Depending on where you live, you may not think of your local library as a hub of innovation, an efficient place to spend your time, or very cool at all. If so, you’re about to find out how wrong you are. Libraries are valuable community resources—now more than ever actually—and offer many benefits to families,

How to Clean Gunk and Grime From Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are for storing dishes, not grease. Unfortunately, wood cabinets, whether painted or natural with a clear finish, are prone to all sorts of grease, grime, and gunk from simply being in the kitchen. Depending on just how much grease and grime you’re looking at and the supplies you have available, here are several

After a Year of Zoom Meetings, We’ll Need to Rebuild Trust Through Eye Contact

The pandemic has exacerbated an already troubling trust deficit across political, economic, and other demographic divides. Research shared just before the pandemic’s onset uncovered that millennials are reluctant to trust government, business leaders, corporations, social and mass media, or even traditional social institutions. Meanwhile, a recent Canadian survey found that half of respondents believe business

Why Social Media Could Be Your Invisible Enemy

With the prevalence of the Internet in our modern world, a growing number of young and middle-aged people are spending more of their time on social media. Statistics show that at least 79% of Singapore’s residents are active on social media. What impact does this have on people’s lives? Almost everyone on Facebook seems happy.

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