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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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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 5 hours ago at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Apr 27, 2016 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