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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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Have you ever wanted to scream because you were so busy you felt your life was out of control and this time you might snap? Me, too. And it has nothing to do with our age, or whether we're married or single, with children or none, or whether we're at home or hold down a job. It's all about being over-committed. Usually by our own choice. According to a recent newspaper article, author Christine Carter has a name for that.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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I don't know about you, but I'm longing for lazy time in the sun, looking out at a deep blue ocean, with palm trees and endless sun... Some place like Acapulco, for instance. I hadn't thought much about Acapulco before the January day I heard a convention speaker describe it in Chamber-of-Commerce terms. All I knew about him was his name: Zig Ziglar. Once he took the podium he spun some country stories, his southern accent coming through. the stories... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Even though I live in California, winter's dark mornings and short afternoons drag me down. Forgive me, all you Midwesterners and Easterners who deal with REAL winter. I admit it, I'm a wimp. When the days start getting shorter my energy levels drop and I gradually notice that I feel less cheery. I hear hot cocoa and a crackling fire calling my name. Once people called it "the winter blues." Now it's known as "SAD." How about you? If your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Some of us feel kind of like this dog as we turn to a new calendar page. A friend told of roaming the hills near his home on a beautiful blue-sky day, accompanied as always by his faithful dog. They came over a hill and heard the high-pitched drone of unfamiliar insects, probably locusts. The unfamiliar din stopped "Marley" in his tracks. The usually fearless German Shepherd crouched and covered his face with his front paws. No amount of coaxing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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In church last Sunday we sat behind pure joy The little girl in the row ahead of us personified our worship theme for the day: "Joy." She swayed back and forth in her polka dot dress, keeping time to the music of the worship team. She kept smiling at her parents and her smile lit up her face. This adorable 4-year old was lost in praise and joy. My husband and I couldn't help smiling, too. We sang the praise... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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When we give a gift to a loved one we want to hear, "Oh, that's just what I wanted!" But sometimes they tear off the wrapping and we get an unenthusiastic, "Oh. That's nice. Thanks." Polite words that puncture our shiny red balloon. So we think, Next year I'll try harder. I'll spend more money. I'll pay more attention. I'll . . . Blame it on our society's skewed opinion of what counts Merchandisers of everything from chia pets to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Maybe this is a year when the phrase "celebrate Thanksgiving" makes us laugh. Or cry. Perhaps money is tight or health is bad or one of our kids has taken a bad turn. Whatever the reason, a turkey won't fix it. Stories of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving seem a million years away from today. Yet I think they can teach you and me a lot about how to live our lives--and celebrate God's goodness. Don't confuse The Mayflower... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Does God still work miracles today? I don't know your definition of a "miracle," but this news story fits mine. Meet Ruby Graupera-Cassimoro and her newborn daughter, Tally. You are looking at a woman who had no pulse for 45 minutes. It happened September 23, 2014, at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Ruby, age 40, had just undergone an uneventful cesarean to deliver a healthy baby girl. In the recovery room she complained of shortness of breath, then suddenly went silent.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Agree or disagree: Whether we're happy or not has little to do with the circumstances of our lives. Earlier in my life anything from a gray day to someone else's bad mood could "make" me feel angry or turn my day sour. Sorry to admit that too often I said to my sweet husband who loved me--and loves me still, "You just don't understand me." Worse yet, I often thought and sometimes said (yelled?) to our young, impressionable children, "You're... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Just the other day I heard a mom say, "I love my kids, but somewhere along the way I lost myself." Another mom said, "My children are my life! They take all my time and fill up all my heart. "But the other night my husband told me at work he's respected and looked up to, but at home he feels invisible. "I couldn't tell him what I was feeling, which is that I have nothing left to give." Can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Sometimes we have no clue what our faces telegraph to the world around us. It happened to me awhile back when I was out shopping. A smiling white-haired lady put her hand on my shoulder and said, "Aw, Honey, it can't be that bad." I stared in confusion and said, "Excuse me? I don't know what you mean." Eyes twinkling, she smiled and said, "Well, I noticed you look like you lost your last friend. Want you to know whatever... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Ebola. Shootings. Beheadings. Every news release spells terror of some kind, not safely off in a distant land, but here in the good old USA. Maybe in our state. Maybe even next door. We worry over our lives, too. There's that funny-looking mole. The cough that won't go away. Dizzy spells that hit out of nowhere. Rumors of cutbacks at work. Ongoing problems of one of our children. Small wonder we're jolted out of sleep with hearts pounding and a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Some of us think we must not have what it takes to be involved in the Big Things of life. We seem to end up doing the stuff other people don't want to do. When "somebody" should be doing something, that somebody usually is us. No one seems to notice. We're the ones who wash the dishes and pots after the church supper, then take home a bundle of used dish towels to launder. No one seems to notice. At... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Even if we're mostly contented with our life--or our marriage--we probably can think of ways it could be better. What gets us in trouble is faulty memory. Or perhaps we know someone or have seen someone who seems to be extraordinarily privileged. We forget that rich or poor, single or married, nobody's life is perfect. How could it be when no living human being is perfect? Rather, we are always "under construction." Each of us makes a life out of:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Take a look at this father and son, with the dad showing his young son how something works. Contrast this everyday kind of photo with recent domestic abuse news stories that make your blood curdle. Fathers and sons are a hot topic since Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse. He admitted to using a switch--a tree branch stripped of leaves and smaller branches--to "discipline" his four-year old son. Peterson told People magazine, "I have to live... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Those of us who were old enough to understand will never forget hearing the first reports of planes flying into the Twin Towers and watching heart- stopping photos like these. The horror of it seemed beyond understanding. Over 3,000 Americans that beautiful September morning never made it home. Each one had family and friends who loved them, who ached to hear their dear one tell them, "I'm okay." But when their phones finally rang, that's not what the voice on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Even though we know education has changed radically, most of us think we pretty much know what's being taught. Even sex education classes, which used to be controversial, have become routine in most public schools. Besides, we can trust the carefully-chosen books our local schools give out to students. Right? Maybe not. Back in August one mom in Fremont, CA, bothered to read this new textbook, slated for use this fall with 9th graders in Fremont Unified School District high... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Newscasters breathlessly report: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt officially tied the marriage knot. For whatever reason, these two endlessly fascinate many people. Awhile back I heard a couple of women in a coffee shop ohing and ahing over one of those magazines filled with celebrity photos. One said, "Oh, look at Brad Pitt there with his kids. He's always so tender with them, you can just see it on his face. If only my husband was that kind of father!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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This is a story about overcoming BIG obstacles. This little charmer was born in 1987, to a mother and father who walked away from the hospital and left her behind. Permanently. Enter Sharon and Gerald Bricker, two "ordinary" people who live in tiny Hardinville, IL. They already had three sons, but Sharon always yearned for a daughter. She told a reporter, "I prayed, 'God give me a little girl that needs a family as bad as I need a little... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Thanks for the chuckle!
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2014 on And now for some odd reporting at respublica
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Absolute proof of Robin Williams' fame showed up after his death on the front pages of daily newspapers all across the country. We knew his face. His smile. We marveled at his amazing ability to transform himself, it seemed, into any personality type. Most of us thought if anyone ever was a star, it was Robin Williams, because he "had it made." How many noticed the sadness in his eyes? Under that smiling facade Through most of his career Robin... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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When I was a kid I heard this a lot: "Anything worth doing is worth doing well." I took it seriously. Too seriously. That saying caused me to act, well, irrational at times. I say "irrational" because I never qualified for the title of Neat Freak. Like most mothers of several kids (we have four) it took all I had to sort of keep up with things. Yet when I cleaned, by George, I cleaned. Did anyone care? Did anyone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Every mom knows the tone of voice that goes along with that refrain. It's the summer cry of schoolkids and about as thrilling as fingernails dragging across a blackboard. What to do? I had a standard reply. "You're bored? Hmm. Why don't you clean the bathroom sink? Or use this broom to sweep the porch and sidewalks. Or maybe you'd rather take the towels out of the dryer and fold them." Etc. After a day or so of such suggestions... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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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 Jul 23, 2014 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