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Oct 07th


Dating & finding a mate that fits you

Years ago, there was a song by Smokey Robinson entitled:  “You’d Better Shop Around.”  The lyrics of the song tell the story of a mother who is preparing her son to take his time in order to find true love.  The mother says to her son: “Just as sure as the winds gonna blow, there is one thing I want you to know, women come and women go—before you tell em that you love em so…my momma told me, you’d better shop around.”  So naturally today when I work with individuals and couples around relationship issues, I often recall the lyrics of the song.  In fact, I think of dating as being very similar to the process of shopping.

Only one hand required

Only one hand requiredThe only thing better than a big juicy burger is a little juicy burger. Mini burgers, dubbed sliders, are all the food rage today because they “slide” right down your throat in a delightfully delicious way.

Sliders seem to have invaded lots of party menus lately. They are easier to eat because of their bite size goodness and they seem to be mysteriously better tasting too. They'll satisfy the appetites of all ages.

How to throw a great BBQ

How to throw a great BBQWarmer weather means it’s time to take the party outdoors. But don’t settle for simply doling out burgers and dogs on a paper plate.  Unique party themes and dishes can help you wow your guests from the comfort of your back porch.  Here are some ideas to consider before your next barbeque:

Pick a Theme
A party without a theme is like a song without a rhythm. It provides the beat of the party and informs all creative decision making, from food to music to decoration. 

No matter where you live, consider a summer beach theme, encouraging guests to wear bikinis and board shorts. Other great themes include a Hawaiian luau, a Texas BBQ or a southern hoedown. These grill-friendly party options are a perfect way to celebrate the season.   

Helping children cope with trauma

Helping children cope with trauma


I love children, don’t you?  They see the world so honestly and they approach life with such pure abandonment, courage and genuineness.  They are often openly affectionate and loving.  In fact, there is nothing “fake” about a child.  In fact, I recall a story of a little boy around 4-5 years old who went to get his Annual wellness check-up at a place like NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center.  While there, the doctor checked his throat and in her attempt to be engaging she asked the child “Do you think I’ll find the ‘Cookie Monster’ down there?”  The child politely gargled “No” and looked at the doctor as if she had come from another planet.  She proceeded to conduct the examination by checking his ears and asking: “Do you think I’ll find ‘Big Bird’ in there?  Again, the child looking a little exasperated said to the doctor: “No ma’am, I don’t think so!”  Finally, the doctor took her stethoscope to check his heart and asked him: “Do you think I’ll find ‘Barney’ in there?”  The child emphatically replied, “No, Love is in my heart!...Barney’s on my underpants!”

Testimony: Surviving the odds

How do we give hope and courage to one who has lost all hope and faith? In Psalm 46:1 we hear that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

There have been times in my life when I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I could neither see the sky nor the shore. It is at such times that our faith is under test; to see if we are true believers or if we are the doubting Thomas or Judas.

Sunday’s Best now open in Frogtown Square

Sunday’s Best now open in Frogtown SquareSunday’s Best, formerly known as Just Churchin’ It Fashions, recently relocated their operations to a new location in Frogtown Square—a mixed use commercial and residential development located on the northeast corner of Dale and University.
Sunday’s Best carries a full assortment of church and formal wear for men and women. The store features a complete selection of suits, dresses, fashion accessories and jewelry. Sunday’s Best also carries what many have called the Twin Cities best assortment of women’s dress and formal hats.

After visiting 120 countries, world traveler sees few differences between peoples

After visiting 120 countries, world traveler sees few differences between peoplesWhen Henry Biernacki was 17 years old, he hopped a Greyhound bus from Colorado to Mexico with nothing but a small backpack, the clothes on his back and a few bucks in his pocket.

He hasn’t stopped moving since.

Today, Biernacki is an airline captain with Virgin America and he has traveled to more than 120 countries, but his travel habits haven’t evolved much since his teen years. No five-star hotels or limousines for him. Most of the time, he’ll get on a plane the same way he boarded that bus – backpack, clothes on his back, a few bucks in his pocket.

In fact, back in 1997, he toured 40 different countries over 11 months, spending only $3,700 the entire trip. He slept on the streets, in airports, and at times, in a guest house. And that’s why he thinks he’s been so fortunate. For him, it wasn’t about seeing the world – it was about meeting the people along the journey.
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