Maren Stark Schmidt

Maren Stark Schmidt

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    The power to act from real choice

    My husband likes to stop and indulge in an Italian dessert at our local gelato shop. On any given day there may be thirty different varieties of gelato on display. Untried flavors, such as mango/lime, are frequent. My husband usually asks to taste five or six flavors before deciding on two scoops. “How can I […]

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    Do the Hokey Pokey

    In the gardening shop I looked up to discover a sign over my head.  “What if the Hokey Pokey is What It’s All About?”  For whatever reasons, I started to laugh. Uncontrollably.  My husband came from across the store to see what could be so funny. For weeks afterwards Mark and I had a running […]

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    A Secret of Good Teaching

    Between the ages of birth to four-and-a-half, children are in a sensitive period for refining their senses. Children at this age are capable of learning to discern hundreds of qualities of the things around them. Perfect pitch is acquired before the age of six. Too often adults stop giving information after certain basics are mastered. […]

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    For Unto Us A Child Is Born

    For Unto Us A Child Is Born This week we celebrate the birth of a man from Galilee. This man was born, as all of us are, as a small helpless being, dependent on the care and protection of a mother and father. This child was born in a stable on a journey decreed by […]

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    Take the Challenge to Choose Thankfulness

    Over ten years ago at a conference I noticed an unusual number of people wearing purple plastic wristbands.  I didn’t think much about it, imagining that the bands must be in support of a worthy cause.   When I returned home from the conference I stopped by my neighborhood bookstore.  At the checkout register sat […]

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