Category Archives: Things I wish I would have known when I was 15.

There is no substitute for knowledge

I have the misfortune or pleasure, depending on the day, to help lead a group of youth in my area. This week, one of the young women went off about there being no need for a chorister for congregational singing … Continue reading

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“Adulting” truth: Money

The many years of “adulting” have taught me many things, one of which is that saving money is hard. Sure, making a consistent effort will make it a little easier. And removing the money to be saved before you start … Continue reading

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To pucker or not to pucker…that is the question.

Oh the things I hear teenagers say in my house. I don’t know how it started, but the topic of kissing came up. I heard many arguments for kissing: It takes practice to get it right… Kissing is not sex … Continue reading

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In a world full of make-believe, always be real.

In a world where perfection is praised above all else, you might feel a need to act as if everything is wonderful in your life. Maybe you’ve acted this way for so long, you started to believe the persona you’ve … Continue reading

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Trying to squeeze yourself into the wrong advice

My youngest son had to register for junior high this week. The nerves he displayed while touring the school and deciding which classes to take blew my mind. My usual Mr. Bold wasn’t. Oh he raised his eyes every time … Continue reading

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The Parent Crystal Ball

I often have a houseful of teenagers in my home on weekends. I don’t mind. It’s a great way for me to observe and eavesdrop on conversations. Hey, it’s for my young adult writing. Don’t make it weird. Anyway, a … Continue reading

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The negative will eat you alive

I had a recent conversation with a young woman about being happy. She claimed that society and the world in general is so awful now it wasn’t possible to find anymore. She could list more than a dozen things wrong … Continue reading

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