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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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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
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
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
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
(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
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
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. 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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
Have you ever said, "He/she makes me so mad!" I have. We're not hotheads, you and I, but you know how it goes. "Some people" just won't let up. Won't cooperate. Won't face the truth. Won't see it our way. If we let go and spew forth a stream of angry words it feels good. We tell ourselves we're vindicated and we pat ourselves on the back for being strong. That lasts a few delicious moments. But . . .... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
What if right now you looked up from your computer and saw the sky like this? Then comes loud pounding on your front door. You open it to find a frantic smoke-blackened firefighter. He yells, "You must leave! Now! In 3 minutes this place will burn! "Get your family members and RUN!" All photos from The Sacramento Bee. In the September 16th edition of The Sacramento Bee reporter Ryan Lillis tells of one man who got that front-door knock--and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Remember the sparkle of first love? You couldn't stop smiling because you knew a secret. Somebody knew you--and loved you! That joy can get lost in the dailies of life. Days seem bland, dull, as if you'd lost the ability to feel joy. Maybe it's living day after day with the same other person. Each of you knows the other's annoying habits. Each one can tick off a list of what "drives me crazy." In short, you're good at pushing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Ever wondered how to guarantee every day is a good day? Yesterday, in a Costco checkout line, the shopper ahead of me shared the secret. As usual, the place teemed with shoppers, most of us scowling and fidgety. The attractive woman ahead of me seemed to have all the time in the world. She looked around with a half-smile, as if slightly amused. The pleasant checker said to her, "Well, how are you doing? Hope you're in the middle of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Listen, my children, and you shall hear the fictional tale of a teacher who got a surprise--and who teaches us all. Picture the beginning of the school year at Spring Street School: When brand-new teacher Angie White stopped by Principal Green's office his assistant, Sue Timms, handed her a stack of file folders. "You'll be replacing Martha Black, who just retired. She had your fourth-graders as third-graders last year and kept these notes on students and class materials. "I'm not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
“Bite your tongue!” That’s what moms—and teachers—used to say when one of us kids said something hurtful or gossipy. “Zip your lip” means the same thing. Different words than we'd use today, but the meaning is timeless: “Think before you speak.” We more often hear, "Tell it like it is,". It sounds good, but afterwards, we often wish the speaker had kept mum. Thoughtless words "pop out" easily Ever been with a good friend and blurted out something like this?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Have you ever realized you walked through the previous 24 hours blind and deaf? I have. Maybe you have, too. Times like that I listen, but do not hear. I look, but do not see. Not the people. Not the beauty around me. Usually I make it through the routines of the day, but my heart isn't in it. It happens most often when I feel overwhelmed by some knotty issue I have to work through. Ever been there? Ways... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Have you ever noticed how each link in a chain needs the others or else it can extend no farther than its own length? It's an imperfect comparison, but God links us to the people around us, too. In ways we may never know, He uses us in the lives of others to carry out His purposes. We have no need to understand how for that to be true. All we need to do is trust and pray, then leave... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Do you ever watch headline news, then throw up your hands and say, "What is going on in our world?" More and more it seems our society has lost its way. Lots of people celebrate the death of "outdated standards of the past." They maintain we live in a time of No Rules. No Way. No How. If that were good I don't think we'd hear "Our society is broken" from so many in politics and on talk shows. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Maybe you've noticed the words "Keep Calm and Carry On" popping up here and there and wondered where they came from. I love that slogan because it fits so well in so many places. At home. At work. At church. It traces back to Great Britain and World War II. The Government formed the Ministry of Information to help keep up morale on the home front. This Agency produced a series of posters to be displayed in shop windows, on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth