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Lenore Buth
Northern California
I'm a Christian wife, mother and grandmother who's fascinated by life and people and excited to see what tomorrow brings.
Interests: Life with my husband, our family, music, art, reading, and, being part of our faith community.
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Every day, all day, newscasters and on-the-spot reporters blare forth an assortment of bad news. Most often the evil is safely distant from our daily lives, often half a world away. Then a fire destroys a home across town. Thieves empty a neighbor's house. A drunk driver hits someone crossing the street and leaves the victim paralyzed. We shudder and say, "Thank God that didn't happen to me." But sometimes it does. What we dread hits too close to home... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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"Okay?" seems like it should be OK, but it shoots holes in what we say. Think about it. In effect, it cancels out what we said just before it. For example, the mom tells her two-year-old, "I want you to sit quietly, please. Now! Okay?" The dad barks at his two scuffling sons, "Now cut that out! Okay?" The teacher tells her class, "I expect that assignment on my desk tomorrow morning, at beginning of class. No exceptions! Okay?" What... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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You might be in for a surprise next time you visit your pediatrician's office. When the doctor asks how your child is eating and sleeping, you'll probably hear another question, "Are you reading aloud to your youngster every day?" That's because the American Academy of Pediatrics just issued a new policy statement. It says books are like medicine and pediatricians should prescribe their daily use. Why? Books are important in building up the brains of very young children. (If your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Judging by on-the-street interviews, not many of us know much about our nation's beginnings Television interviewers ask questions with obvious answers, such as how the United States got started. They often get answers like, "I dunno. We never studied that." Obviously, that can't be true. To be fair, many of us are hazy on how--and why--our nation got started, too. That's not good. As the old saying goes, if we don't know what we stand for, we'll fall for anything.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Every bride and groom start out believing they will have a happy marriage. But . . . after the wedding comes their life. Together. They thought they knew each other well beforehand, but still the surprises come. And why wouldn't they? Two individuals with two distinct personalities. Two sets of personal tastes and standards living under one roof, probably sharing the same closet and bathroom. No wonder they clash now and then. Any two people who make a life together... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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It happens to all of us now and then. We reach our limits. Of patience. Or money. Or hope. For whatever reason, life simply feels like too much to handle. Worst of all, sometimes we feel distant from the Lord. What do we do then? It took me years to learn--and relearn--this basic lesson of life. In every situation, we choose how we think. We can wrap ourselves up in our frustration and pain and fretting or we can change... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Remember how safe you felt when you placed your hand in the hand of your big, strong father? The lucky ones among us do. Whatever dangers might be out there, we knew Daddy would protect us and take care of us. As long as he held our hand we went with him wherever he might lead, without question. Jump off a roof? Sure. Walk into a raging ocean? Sure. Daddy wouldn't let anything harm us. And Daddy knew the answers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Maybe you never thought about Maya Angelou until now, after her recent death, when everyone's talking about her. Maybe you wonder what's the big deal? I sometimes disagreed with her views , but I admire how she came through a harsh childhood and grew into a calm, balanced woman of accomplishment. How did she do it? I think it traces back to her stable, loving grandmother, who spoke faith and hope into this hurting little girl. When Maya was three... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Are you wondering, "What's a Beige Lady?" I first heard that expression from an engaging conference speaker--sorry, can't remember her name. She had us laughing and sometimes squirming. Her remarks went something like this. My friends, I'm here to say, "Please don't go through life as a Beige Lady!" Now don't get me wrong, most Beige Ladies are wonderful people. Beige Ladies often work behind the scenes. What they don't do is speak up when there's a difference of opinion.... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Those simple words don't sound life-changing, but trust me, they are. I know because they have been for me. Back when I was a young mom I ran across a poem written years earlier by Frank Crane. For many years his syndicated column, “DR CRANE SAYS,” appeared in newspapers all over the U. S. I began trying to put these principles into practice--imperfectly, I must admit--and soon noticed subtle changes in myself and in our family life. I believe his... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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The only time we know how to raise children perfectly is before we have any. Why wouldn't that be true? God creates each child to be one-of-a-kind, whether our children come to us by birth, by adoption, or because we marry a man who already is a dad. That plunges us into a lifelong process of stretching. Growing. Learning. We soon discover that being a mom means whatever else we may be involved in, our children remain constantly in our... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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If you doubt that moms matter, ask any USPS employee groaning under a load of Mother's Day cards. Everybody is somebody's child and this holiday prods us to send our mothers, stepmothers and grandmothers a card that communicates love. Some of us feel like "invisible moms" and wonder if anyone notices what we do for them day after day. Mother's Day cards give us visible proof they do, at least for this one day. Other moms feel guilty because they... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Sooner or later most of us figure out our life will be what we make it. The wise ones pick it up from a book or some outside source. Some of us take longer and have to learn it by experience. Anyone who's lived awhile knows life is not one long procession of good times. A long-ago friend often used this phrase: "When the rubber meets the road, then what? That's what proves what's inside us." Life taught Bill that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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What are we to do with Easter? Easter and the resurrection, indeed the very idea of faith in God and a Savior for sin, offends many people. They say, "Believing in the old Easter message, even putting faith in God, is an outdated concept. Today we have science and besides, we know we're perfectly able to manage our own lives." Even some church-goers may say, "I think the old Sunday School story of Jesus coming back from the dead works... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Yes, yes, I know I missed the five-year anniversary on January 15. That's when newscasters looked back at the day US Airways Flight 1549 hit a flock of geese on take-off from LaGuardia, which knocked out both engines. Pilots had to land their disabled airplane on the only possible spot, the icy Hudson River. Few thought the 155 shivering passengers plus crew members could be rescued before the plane sank. Yet every one on the plane made it out. In... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Not long ago I stood in line at a large discount store and watched a stranger give her daughter a lifelong lesson about how to live. She made me think of an Albert Einstein quote I've never forgotten: "Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.” Watching her I had a truth session with myself. Given the same opportunity, what would I do? It still bothers me that I wasn't absolutely sure I knew the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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This week my husband and I celebrated another wedding anniversary. We've been married since we were just kids, crazy in love and wanting only to be together. I'm delighted to report, we're still holding hands. Our first daughter arrived two years later, followed by three more beautiful little girls. (In case you feel sorry for my husband, don't bother. What guy doesn't like getting mobbed by adoring little girls every time he walks in the door? Still today they love... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Thanks. What a great idea, to have a card in one's car, too!
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It's our standard greeting, "How are you doing?" The usual answer is, "I'm fine, how are you?" Under that glib exchange many of us wear scars. Some hidden. Some visible. Physical scars fade over time or can be camouflaged. Often plastic surgeons can fade them or erase them. But what do we do with emotional scars? Often these invisible wounds cause the most lasting damage Ask a veteran who survived tours of duty in battle areas. A woman who at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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It's the time of year when the "experts" spell out how we can change and better ourselves. I take it all in and think, Yes! I even make lists and set goals. But . . . Before long I sink back into my comfortable ruts and life goes on. Until . . . I learned a simple, small way to make big changes That January Sunday our pastor asked the ushers to hand out the index cards he'd given them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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I'm always a bit sad when Christmas has passed. How about you? I've loved Christmas since I was a little girl singing and "saying my piece" for the Christmas program. I love the wreaths and the lights and all the happy frenzy. One of the joys of Christmas is touching hearts across the miles. Time and distance melt away and we pick up our conversations as if we had been together just last week. It reminds us how much we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Question a group of people about faith and someone will answer, "Well, all religions are pretty much the same. Besides, we'll all end up in the same place, no matter how we get there." Ask what they know of Christmas and one might say, "Aw, it's something about a baby in a manger, a nice story this time of year." Well, no. It's much more. What about it? Are all religions "pretty much the same?" Not according to a traveler... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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You'd think I would know better by now. (Insert sigh.) Every year I dream lovely dreams of having a Hallmark movie Christmas. In those syrupy tales every home glows with beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. Dad loves to go Christmas shopping and put together complicated toys. Mom is endlessly patient and totally loving and she never, never, never loses her temper. I suspect that's not quite your reality, either, although we may be able to fake it for a day... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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In my book a win-win family is one where everyone feels good about being part of the family and good about themselves. Sounds good, but how do we get from here to there? Simply put, it flows out of our attitudes and our outlook on life. (How would I know that's true? Hmmm . . . ) Here's a starter list of qualities I learned were worth working on. 1. Love that never keeps score We avoid keeping track of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Sometimes a chance conversation teaches us a lot. Like the day a friend talked about her childhood. "Our family was poor when I was growing up," she said, "but I never knew it. "I remember the year Dad was out of work. Mom suddenly announced she was really tired of fixing turkey every Thanksgiving and announced our First Annual Rice and Beans Festival. "We kids made silly paper hats out of grocery bags. Mom dug up some old candles and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth