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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For some of us, the holiday bustle swirls around us and we feel nothing, because we don't think we have much to celebrate. Instead of counting blessings, we count losses. Hard times come to all of us, of course. We wait for results of medical tests or worry about the health of someone we love. Job loss. Strained relationships with family members. Times we don't know how we'll pay our bills and try not to think about what comes next.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Every one of us who's married longs to have a happy marriage. But how? My husband and I were crazy in love and we trusted God. What more could it take? Then came babies. And bills. And life. We two very different personalities shouldn't have been surprised at occasional times of strain, but we were. What's a dreamer to do? Although I loved my husband and children dearly, the daily grind was grinding me down. Eventually I lapsed into what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
It seems pretty basic for moms to talk to their kids, from the start. All the time. But some moms--and dads--don't. Some are preoccupied with their own thoughts and concerns, some are on their cell phones or Ipads and som e are simply quiet individuals. I've heard adults say, "How could it matter? They're just kids." Researchers now tell us it makes a difference in the life of a child--for life--whether a parent talks with her or his child--and how... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
I can hear you thinking, there are no heroes in this house Yes, there are. Real life heroes specialize in being there. Just don't expect excitement and a marching band. Moms who clean up after kids with stomach flu seldom get parades in their honor. Dads who drag themselves out of bed every day and go to work, rarely get "citizen of the year" awards. Truth is, any mom or dad, with or without a paying job, gets tired and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
We're coming up to the end of another week. For me, that always feels like time to take stock. Recently a chance remark started me thinking about the age-old questions I suppose everyone asks of themselves. Who am I? What do I stand for? That reminded me of this YouTube. I think it's well done and I've had it saved for awhile. Watch it and mull it over for awhile. Then why not share your thoughts via a comment? It... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
That sounds like an inflated promise, doesn't it? I know it's true because thesefive words changed me and the way I look at life. Here they are: Live in day-tight compartments. I first read those words in a book from our public library, Dale Carnegie's How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. At the time I was a young farm wife with four young children. Our life brimmed with joy and hard work and the blessed sound of little girls... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Life is a continuous learning channel, have you noticed? By now I know that some "little" things can make big changes in our lives. Here are three: 1. Get real. 2. Get focused. 3. Get thankful. Curious? Read on. 1. Get real My husband is great, truly. That doesn't mean we're always on the same wave length and never challenge each other. Like the day I gave one of those "poor little me" remarks and he replied, "You're only disappointed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
You probably heard about the Utah coach who suspended his entire football team a week before their big homecoming game. Coach Matt Labrum had known players were being disciplined for being disrespectful and skipping classes. When some where accused of cyberbullying, it was the last straw. He decided his Union High team needed a wake-up call. Labrum told all 80 players they were suspended and to turn in their jerseys. The new emphasis would be on building character and only... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Floods. Fires. Shootings. The list is endless and every day there's some new reason to be afraid. No matter how carefully we try to avoid the bad news, it seeps in. Some of us struggle with a kind of free-floating anxiety."What ifs" buzz around in our minds like pesky gnats, fears for our children and ourselves. A friend put it this way, "It's like always waiting for the other shoe to drop." All the while we want to project calm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
When sweet, wholesome Hannah Montana becomes Miley Cyrus, what's a mother to do? If you've been anywhere near a TV or your computer, you couldn't escape seeing shots of Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV awards show. By all reports it was the opposite of sweet and wholesome. For years hordes of young girls adored squeaky clean Hannah Montana and so did their moms. So when squealing girls clamored for Hannah Montana lunch boxes and T shirts and all manner... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Each of us will have a different definition of "hard," of course. Most of us know of individuals stuck in life situations or in physical circumstances they desperately long to change or escape, but held fast by love or by realities that keep them there. Perhaps you're in that place right now or have come through at least one time or experience that felt overwhelming. I have. Years ago I read--and never forgot--one man's story. His book changed me and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
I'm convinced we don't know the power of our words. Take the man I know whose mother always told him, "I know you'll do something great with your life when you grow up." Despite their humble circumstances, this boy believed his mom. All through life her words echoed in his mind. Little by little he overcame his challenges and went on to build a successful business career and rear a wonderful family. Ask ask him how and he'll say, "Guess... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
It's back-to-school time and California parents are extra-nervous this year. Will there be boys in the girls' restroom? Will girl athletes shower with the boys? Blame it on AB1266, which Governor Brown just signed into law. The stated purpose is to lessen sexual harassment and bullying. Under this new law a boy who'"identifies" with being a girl can use the girls' restroom, locker room and showers. And vice versa. It's a matter of a student's perception. A friend asked, "But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Many people think so and it gets in the way of living. "Alan" and "Michelle" fell crazy in love, but they were scared to death of marriage. Alan's parents drank too much and took their marriage vows lightly. He described his childhood as "growing up in a deep-freeze." Michelle's parents specializd in cutting and dicing each other--and their kids--with words. Both families went to church off and on, but it felt like going through the motions. These two dreaded living... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth