Reminders: Parenting with Love

Toddlers as well as older children, all instinctively know how to test us.  It’s their job!  They need to test us in order to learn to become independent, productive citizens who know how to take care of themselves, and at some point, perhaps, children of the their own.  The following poem, first published by Erma…

Reminders: Restorative Justice

The “restorative justice” system for resolving disputes was practiced by indigenous people for centuries.  The basic principles of the system are applied in some Mennonite and Amish communities to this day.  It came into wider popularity in the 1970s when Nelson Mandela took over as president of South Africa.  He instated it in the courts…

Reminders: Happiness is a Choice

People say money is not the key to happiness, but if you have enough money surely you can have a key made.  Not so!  Money helps us feel somewhat more secure, but it does not guarantee happiness.  Buying something we think we need or want might make us feel better temporarily, but the feeling does…

Reminders: What’s It Worth?

A motivational speaker started his presentation by holding up a one- hundred-dollar bill.  He asked, “What’s it worth?’  Someone in the front row said, “A hundred dollars if it’s real”.  The speaker crumpled the bill, “Now what’s it worth?”  “A hundred dollars!” came a chorus of answers.”  Then the speaker threw the bill on the…