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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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No matter who we are, regardless of our age or life situation, we all share the same challenge: Sometimes life is hard. As Christians we believe God's promise in Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." --NLT We take comfort in that promise and yet ... sometimes we feel very alone. Time to plug in another... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Have you ever doubted your ability to give your children what they need? Most of us have. Then it's good to remind ourselves about individuals who overcame big challenges and reared solid families. My favorite example is Sonya Carson. I've admired her ever since her younger son, Ben--yes, that Ben Carson--held our convention audience spellbound as he told of his growing-up years. Sonya coped with challenges most of us can't imagine. She only completed Grade 3 in school At age... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Do you drag around negative messages you can't get rid of? Often they trace back to childhood, but they still impact our lives, even years later. Since every parent comes equipped with human failings, no one ever will have a perfect childhood. Family flaws affect each individual child differently. So what are we to do with those wrong impressions that weigh us down? It starts with recognizing them for what they are. I know a man who grew up with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
That's the question of the day in these United States Ask it either way and a one-word answer will fit: "Plenty!" Right now feelings run high and arguments swirl on all sides. Even friends and family members walk on eggs around each other, afraid to voice their opinions out loud. Listen to any news broadcast or talk show and it seems more time goes to complaining over what needs fixing than in commending what works. You might say it often... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Whether this lovely story is fact or folklore, it has a message for us as we face the challenges of life The mother of a young son, let's call her "Amelia," read in her morning paper that world-famous pianist Igor Paderewski was giving a concert in their city. Right away she telephoned the box office to reserve two tickets. She had good reason to want those tickets. The night before, her otherwise- sweet son, "Johnny," had marched out to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Am I the only one who thinks this week of the year feels a bit unreal? I always have. It's not Christmas anymore--and it's not quite time for the New Year, either. Family gatherings are over and all the special events are past. After-Christmas sales beckon, of course, but even champion shoppers eventually tire of the sport. Or run out of money. Then what? I unearthed an old piece I've loved for years in which an unknown writer offers suggestions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Christmas is all about love, love that's everlasting Forget that and we'll miss what can nourish our hearts long after we pack away the decorations that spell "Christmas" for our family. Leslie Leyland Fields word-paints a touching picture of that first Christmas: Let The Stable Still Astonish Let the stable still astonish: Straw-dirt floor, dull eyes, Dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen; Crumbling, crooked walls; No bed to carry that pain, And then, the child, Rag-wrapped, laid to cry In a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
This time of year people often disagree over the meaning of Christmas. It's easier, somehow, for conversations to drift to the subject of religion. If you're with friends you know well you all may share similar views. With people you don't know well it can get a bit dicey. If you ask what they know of Christmas you might hear, "It's kind of a nice story this time of year, something about a baby in a manger. But I can't... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
She sat across from me, tears threatening and said, "I can't even make sense of the world for myself. How on earth am I supposed to explain it to my kids? "Like when my kids read tabloid headlines at the checkout stand, how do I explain that Bruce Jenner wasn't comfortable in his body so he just decided to become Caitlyn Jenner?" She sipped her tea awhile and said, "Or take the 'gender neutral' school restrooms and locker rooms at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
This morning it's safe to say you're either feeling on top of the world or down in the pits. Friends, it's time to regroup. So let's take a few deep breaths, digest a few truths and get a grip. My mother loved poetry and often quoted a fragment of one of Robert Browning's poems: God's in his Heaven, All's right with the world. It was true in 1841. It's true now. Besides . . . This is not the first... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
A reminder: You never know who might overhear what you say. Not long ago my husband and I were forced to listen in to the conversation of eight people at the next table in a casual dining restaurant. I say "forced to listen in" because they talked loud and louder all the time we waited for our food. Our table neighbors were different ages, some couples and some singles. Judging by their laughter and good-natured kidding back and forth, these... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Oh yes, you are. Somebody somewhere is watching you--and listening every minute--because they want to just be like you. That's a sobering thought, isn't it? This goes on all through a child's growing-up years, even though adolescents and teens usually deny that possibility. Every survey of young people comes up with the same findings. Mothers and/or fathers consistently top the list as the most important influence on their thinking and actions. Our adult children take many of their cues from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Okay, I get it. Your mom made you go to church and you vowed you would never do that to your children. Maybe it's time for new thinking in case you're cheating them--and yourself--by staying away. Here are some considerations you may not have thought of. Where else can kids be surrounded by grownups of all ages who smile on them and love them even when they don't know their names? Where else does a "holy terror" kid get loved,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Life is fragile. Every breath we take is a gift. That's the refrain that drummed in my mind when I saw the photos and heard the story of US Airways Flight 1549, the one that ended up in the Hudson River January 15, 2009. Did you hear it, too? But for the grace of God ... you or I could have been one of the people standing on a wing of that sinking US Airways jet. Or it could have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
How do we respond when heartbreak and horror fill every day's news? We can play "Let's Pretend" while the sun shines. But when we wake with a start at 2 a.m. we hear the inner taunts: Be afraid. There's no place to hide. No place to keep you family safe. The horror in France, and New Orleans and Baton Rouge and Dallas and ______, it could happen here. All it takes is one person with a grievance. One individual, sick... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
I have a close friend who truly believes she was born under a dark cloud that follows her still. No amount of pointing out reasons that's not true gets through to her. She remains convinced she's unlucky and everything turns out less well for her than for people around her. I've known her for years. By now I'm convinced she feels a perverse kind of satisfaction when she can say, "See there? I told you everything happens to me and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
One thing we all share is the uncertainty of life. Life is full of surprises, some good, some not. Sometimes events in our lives--or the headline news--shake us to the core. It can feel as if we've lost our way. Occasionally it seems the whole world--or my world, at least--is in danger of falling apart. When it seems this world is careening into craziness, a quick glance at this photo quiets my heart. The friend who sent it chose the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
It sounds too grandiose, doesn't it? We feel like saying, "Oh come on, 'plant seeds of greatness?' Let's get real." And real can be embarrassing. We remember all the times we shush our children or lose control and start yelling. All the times we fail to be the kind of mom we once blithely assumed we would be. Could be. Now we know better. Face it: Being a mom is hard New babies are so cuddly, so adorable we can't... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Most of us have days now and then when we feel unlovable. You know how it goes. For example, take this morning. I complained (mildly) for maybe the thousandth time about a minor annoyance. Then the darling guy I married a lifetime ago dared to utter one harmless, absolutely logical remark--and with a smile, yet. "Well, maybe it's time to just get o ver it." The Ice Age Cometh Immediately I felt my personal ice curtain slithering down. I knew... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Ask any mom you know whether her family ever takes her for granted. Then ask her if she likes it. She'll probably say--with some heat, "Nobody notices what I do unless I don't do it!" Maybe you memorized that lament long ago. A friend sent me a lovely tale (author unknown) that went something like this. It's the story of "Laura," a full-time mom. But it could be your story. Or mine. Laura was enjoying a rare lunch date downtown... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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 Apr 27, 2016 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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
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
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
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