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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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Reasons to be anxious come knocking on our doors 24/7. All the while The Experts warn that anxiety and stress are bad for our health. Here's some good news for a change. There is a way to drive out fear and find strength for each new day. Best of all, this remedy has been tested and tried countless times, with no ill effects. The formula consists of only five simple ingredients and (insert drum roll here) this "Happiness Medicine" is... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Eyes that can't see are a profound handicap. Eyes that don't--or won't--see are a tragedy. A waste. Case in point: This morning's view from our back deck, showing the city-owned open space behind us and other houses within other developments. Going blind in the midst of beauty When we first moved into this house we marveled every day and thanked God for the glory spread out before us, as mesmerized as tourists assembled on a Maui beach to watch the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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As parents we want our kids to sail through childhood and adolescence trouble-free, then grow up to be strong, right-thinking adults. Forget checking Google for THE perfect formula for each individual child. There is no such thing. How could there be? The Bible tells us every human being is one-of-a-kind, fearfully and wonderfully made. No wonder every parent with more than one child soon discovers what they've learned with Child A isn't much help with Child B. Besides, no one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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More is caught than taught. The first time I first heard this catchy phrase the truth of it grabbed me and rang in my spirit. At first I thought it applied to parents and children--or maybe teachers and students. Now I know it's true for all of us. At any age. Every one of us is a sponge to some degree. We soak up the moods and attitudes of people we hang around with. Students spend their days listening to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Nancy Reagan died recently at age 94 and for a brief moment, the media world celebrated the enduring love between a long-married couple. I never considered myself a fan, particularly. But it always touched my heart that those two seemed genuinely in love--and let it show. When she died I expected the usual recitations of her life as First Lady of both the U. S. and the state of California. That's why the comments of celebrities and media people blew... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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It's time again for the odd mix of symbols that are lumped together at Easter time. All of it fine, but empty of any connection with how Easter came to be. We Christians celebrate because we know what Easter means to each of us. We hang onto what happened that first Easter with fierce joy, as if we were drowning and someone just threw us a life preserver. Someone did. Easter shines hope into our dark world It began on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Do you ever feel weary, simply tired to the bone on your daily slog through life? I know that feeling. It's as if we forget what joy looks like, weighted down as we are by the same old, same old. Times like that we might forget that no matter what comes, we still have at least one choice--and it's one that matters. Whoever wrote this piece summed up our options: In this life we are all just walking up the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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"I don't know what went wrong. I thought we had a wonderful life," the weeping wife told the counselor. "A good marriage, two beautiful children and we did everything right. At least, I thought we did. But now. Now ... How am I supposed to go on now?" The counselor, known by all to be warm and caring, listened quietly. And listened some more. At last she was quiet. Finally he responded, with words that sound a bit shocking. "What... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Do you doubt that children engage in guerilla warfare? Here's a true-life story that illustrates the point. Nine-year old Austin is playing with his dog in the grassy area beyond his backyard. Mom yells from the back door, "Austin, time to come in." No response. "Austin! Time to come in!" No response. Mom yells again. And again. Still no response. By now Mom feels her temperature rising, especially since her son is staring intently up at a tree. "Austin James!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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"Ordinary" people who perform heroically usually amaze the rest of us, especially when they seem unimpressed with themselves. Here's one you won't forget. Meet Nico Calabria, age 20, a standout in every way. Photo by Carl Calabria After Nico's birth doctors told his parents their son would never lead a normal life. Could never lead a normal life. Yet at Concord-Carlisle (MA) High School he played on the varsity soccer team and the varsity wrestling team. As a 19-year old... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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The story goes like this. An old-timer slouched into the local coffee shop, settled himself into a stool at the counter and said, "Gimme a big mug of Joe, Dearie." Daisy stood up tall and said, "I am not your Dearie! My name is Daisy." "My mistake, Miss Daisy. My name's Hector. Pour me some good hot coffee, if you please." When his steaming cup of Joe arrived, he inhaled deeply and asked, "Got any sugar cubes, Ma'am? "Yes, sir."... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Someone is watching you every minute of every day. Watching me? Me? Yes, you. Every minute of every day? Yep. Every minute. Every day. Hey, I'm just an ordinary person. Why would anyone pay attention to me? Trust me, they do. Like where? Anywhere you go. On the job. In school. In your neighborhood. Most of all, your children are watching you. Now I know you're putting me on. My children ignore me! Oh no they don't. They watch your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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A couple of Sundays ago I greeted a friend I hadn't talked with for awhile and asked, "How are you?" She lit up like a string of twinkle lights and answered, "Great! I'm happier these days, really happier." "Wonderful! Something new in your life?" "Nope, just a simple thing. I lowered my expectations. That makes all the difference." Her words came back to mind several times that week, probably because, um, I needed to hear it. How about you? Lower... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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It's the season for talk of wiping slates clean and making new starts. If you're like me, you remember too many new starts that fizzled out. Too often I drag yesterday's worries into the New Year. Still, putting up new calendars all over the house feels like walking into the unknown. My pulse quickens. New Year's always reminds me of a long-ago friend We met "Haruki" at a gathering to welcome a visiting business group. This Japanese man spoke English... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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(This is the most popular post I've written. Hope you enjoy it--and Merry Christmas!) We can't know what Mary felt, but we can imagine . . . . The day began like every other day. Then suddenly there stood before me a radiant being who said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Somehow I knew it was an angel. But why would an angel come to me, a poor young woman who lived in lowly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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T'is the season we all speak of joy. Gladness. Rejoicing. Yet for many, joy is hard to find. Harder than ever at Christmas. All they feel is aloneness. Sadness. Pain. What are they to do? What do any of us do when we feel life has gone drear? When the warm presence of Jesus seems far away, maybe gone for good? Perhaps we're sweating out medical tests. Biopsies. Grieving the loss of someone who made life worth living. Whatever. We... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Feeling a bit rushed? Me, too. It's time for a break. Sit back and watch these beautiful children. They'll give you a lift, I promise. https://youtu.be/LyviyF-N23A Their teacher, James Barthelman, came up with the concept involving children and villagers. He hails from Nebraska and moved with his wife from Nebraska to the tiny village of Quinhagak, Alaska, to teach at the village school, Kuinerramiut Elitnarviat School. Quinhagak is a (mostly) Yup'ik Eskimo village, 400 miles west of Anchorage, with no... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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I wish I could say I mailed off the last Christmas letter today. Notice, "I wish I could say ... " Not yet. I love Christmas cards and letters in any form at all. Hearing from friends and loved ones is one of my favorite things about Christmas. Are they worth the effort? I remember... For many years of my life I lived in the Midwest, in the middle of farming country. No computers or Internet back then and all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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"Drought" doesn't just mean lack of rainfall. Droughts and losses occur in our personal lives, too. Times when life feels dry and barren, with no refreshment on the horizon. Times when hope has turned to dust. Many of us have trudged through that arid country more than once. Perhaps you're there right now and feel close to despair. How do we endure until God restores the balance in our life and joy blooms again? Just the word "drought" always takes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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"That's not fair!" cries the young child. "But it's my turn!" yells the 8-year old. "I have my rights!" shouts the angry teen. Most adults consider such attitudes a normal part of growing from childhood to adulthood. The trouble is, a lot of people never outgrow their anger when things don't go their way. The results of such immature thinking cause problems that make the news every day. All because of refusing to accept one inescapable fact: Life often lets... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Most of us Americans take freedom for granted because it's what we've known and lived under all our lives. Freedom is like the air we breathe. Always there. Perhaps that's why we don't pay much attention to Veterans Day unless there's a veteran in the family or our kids are marching in a band. Oh sure, it's a Federal holiday. If we don't have to go to work we say Hurrah! We forget that Veterans Day is all about honoring... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Remember when we were little and said, "I'm gonna do something important when I grow up!" Most of us toned that down as the years go by and besides, our definition of "important" changed. Some people have a mental pecking order when it comes to jobs, but the more we know, the more we know all jobs matter. Sometimes a job is much more than it seems Mitzi works in a child care center. She earns little more than minimum... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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What kind of gifts will bless our kids all through their lives? Think what you want to plant in your child's heart for life. As a Christian, what I want most for our children is faith in Jesus Christ. We can't just hand it over, but we can make sure they hear the Good News and see faith lived out at home. We can make sure they know that Jesus is forever for us, not forever accusing us. With that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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What really makes us--and our kids--tick? A wonderful friend who's now with the Lord had a favorite saying that answers that question, "Well, nobody does nuthin' for nuthin'." Poor grammar? Sure, but don't miss the truth of it. Every one of us, no matter our age, no matter what, always has a reason for what we do. We expect some kind of payoff. We do what we do because it feels good. Or because it makes us look good in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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Maybe you didn't know it had a name. You only know what hurry sickness feels like That sense you simply can't slow down, can't put your feet up and drink a cup of tea, because you'll just get further behind. You smile and get through your days, but the accusing voice in your head says you'll never be quite enough. I know it well. Do you? "Hurry sickness" may sound like a made-up condition, but it's real Google the term... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth