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Anxiety

  Did you know that, as a group, anxiety disorders are the most commonly diagnosed mental health condition in the United States? Chances are, you or someone you love will experience an anxiety disorder at some time in your life. Therefore, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of some of the most…

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20 Kids’ Activities To Overcome Boredom

The kids are home and you’re running out of ideas to keep them occupied. Get your children off the couch and spend some quality time together completing these easy activities. They’re all cheap or free! Check out your community’s free attractions at a distance. Explore your community and all it has to offer. Visit the local museum, nature…

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Anxiety and Stress in Uncertain Times

It will be helpful for everyone to try and focus on what they have control over instead of focusing on situations that are outside of their personal control. If your daily routine has been affected, try and create a new routine that can be followed and make attempts to stick with this routine. If you…

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Talking to Kids About COVID-19, School

It is important to remain calm and talk calmly with your children. Sit them down and explain the current situation with the school buildings closing, and that while things will look differently moving forward, their education is still important to them. I am encouraging parents to talk with their child about how all of them…

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Rainbow Thoughts

Last Thursday morning, as I was driving toward Newton from the east, I noticed a rainbow shooting across the sky from south to north right over First Street. The sky was a beautiful blue with white fluffy clouds all around. However, part of the rainbow was missing. Then my eyes caught a glimpse of a…

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Lenten Healing—and Questions

  John 9:1-41 This season of Lent has gotten very complicated and confusing. Just as we waited for spring to begin, our entire community and world became infected with COVID-19. This new virus spread like a Kansas prairie fire, seemingly unstoppable and so widespread that all continents (except one) were included. We became a global…

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Why Ashes Matter

I did not grow up with Ash Wednesday. Yes, I did grow up steeped in Christianity. Yes, I was expected to be in church every Sunday morning, every Sunday evening, every Wednesday evening and attend special youth events and sing in the choir. Yes, I thought this was right, normal, and how everyone learned about…

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After the Affair

If you just learned your partner had an affair, you are most likely wondering how on earth you can possibly handle this. You may be asking yourself, How can I live with my partner when I know he or she has been with someone else? You may also be very focused on what others think…

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Settling up: A New Year’s tradition

I lived on a farm in southwestern Minnesota where New Year’s Day was special. My mother would make the dough for New Year’s Cookies. (“Porzelkie” is a Prussian word which means “tumbling over” because they turn over by themselves when dropped into the hot fat.) These doughy, delicious raisin fritters all doused with sugar, were…

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