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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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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 yesterday at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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