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Dealing with Passive-Aggressive In-Laws

Do you have a mother-in-law or a daughter-in-law who says she is "fine" but then starts in with loud, heavy sighs or undermining "accidental" oversights? No matter what she says or doesn't say, her actions are screaming the real truth: She is not happy with you. This is called passive aggressive behavior, and it's not your imagination--it's very...

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5 Practical Tips on Learning to Cook

I still remember setting the table with my heart pounding and palms sweaty, silently praying that my parents and their friends would genuinely like the food. I was in Grade 8. Making a meal from scratch and serving it to guests was my final project for Home Economics. My grade was dependent on their review. What exactly I served, I can’t recall...

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Human Trafficking Movie Grabs Hearts

It’s her eyes and innocent face that first grab your heart. At least they grabbed mine. Annika, a delicate young girl, has been unwittingly handed into virtual slavery by her homeless father.  She faces a bleak future of sweatshop labor and sex-for-sale .  She seems precious, blameless, so undeserving of this hell, but life is cheap for an...

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We Are Here

The Easter season can bring back many fond childhood memories. As kids, we gleefully rummaged through the yard looking for those precious, carefully hidden eggs. We got time off from school, we stuffed our faces with candy, and we had a big feast with the family. For many -- religious or not -- Easter was traditionally a widely celebrated holiday. But...

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Grace and Curious George

A few days ago, we were having a rough day here at La Maison McKenna.We were in a car wreck and then the very next day my daughter Elodie came down with a cold and an ear infection. Everything was all out of whack, including my attitude. Which meant that my heart was out of whack. Jered and I decided that it would be a good idea to go to this...

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Embracing my Depression

Depression is much more common that I expected. I remember being at a Men’s Breakfast at my church, and five out of the six men at my table admitted to going through depression. But it is rarely talked about. I tried many things to get rid of the depression – sleeping, fasting and prayer, talking to friends and listening to motivational talks...

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The Single Mom Survival Kit 8: The Blame Game

When tragedy hits and life changes it’s easy to play The Blame Game.   When couples separate, emotions and tension can run very high.  The Blame Game can be a game of who was the worst, who did what, and what am I going to get out of it now. If this game continues, it destroys us.  It keeps us in a vicious cycle of anger and bitterness. We...

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Heaven Is A Home

Warmth. Safety. Comfort. Acceptance.  These are some words that come to mind when I think of the word “home”.  The Random House Dictionary defines it like this: home (hom), -n.  l. a place of residence. A place of residence - that definition certainly seems misplaced.  It sounds sterile and cold, impersonal and generic, more like the...

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