This is Lenore Buth's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Lenore Buth's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
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.
Recent Activity
Image
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 2 days ago at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Image
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
1 reply
Image
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
Image
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
Image
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
Image
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
Image
"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
Image
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
Image
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
Image
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
Image
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
Image
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
Image
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
Image
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
Image
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
Image
The only time we know how to raise children perfectly is before we have any. Why wouldn't that be true? God creates each child to be one-of-a-kind, whether our children come to us by birth, by adoption, or because we marry a man who already is a dad. That plunges us into a lifelong process of stretching. Growing. Learning. We soon discover that being a mom means whatever else we may be involved in, our children remain constantly in our... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Image
If you doubt that moms matter, ask any USPS employee groaning under a load of Mother's Day cards. Everybody is somebody's child and this holiday prods us to send our mothers, stepmothers and grandmothers a card that communicates love. Some of us feel like "invisible moms" and wonder if anyone notices what we do for them day after day. Mother's Day cards give us visible proof they do, at least for this one day. Other moms feel guilty because they... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Image
Sooner or later most of us figure out our life will be what we make it. The wise ones pick it up from a book or some outside source. Some of us take longer and have to learn it by experience. Anyone who's lived awhile knows life is not one long procession of good times. A long-ago friend often used this phrase: "When the rubber meets the road, then what? That's what proves what's inside us." Life taught Bill that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Image
What are we to do with Easter? Easter and the resurrection, indeed the very idea of faith in God and a Savior for sin, offends many people. They say, "Believing in the old Easter message, even putting faith in God, is an outdated concept. Today we have science and besides, we know we're perfectly able to manage our own lives." Even some church-goers may say, "I think the old Sunday School story of Jesus coming back from the dead works... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Image
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
Image
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
Image
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!
1 reply
Image
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