The Coronavirus Reminds Us Our Parents Won’t Be Here Forever

By Barbara Rainey | May 4, 2020 | 2 Comments

  As a nation and world we have learned a hard lesson in the last eight weeks of the Coronavirus: the fragility of so many of our parents and grandparents. Seeing the hundreds of caskets in images on screens large and small has been a sobering reality. The occupants inside those wooden boxes: a generation […]

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Holy Ground

By Barbara Rainey | February 24, 2020 | 28 Comments

Many of you follow me on Instagram for which I’m very grateful. You’ve seen in the last year several photos of my mom and me; the most recent was four days before her departure from us to her Home on February 5, 2020. I’ve been very preoccupied in the last six weeks with caring for […]

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To Be a Great Mother-in-Law Avoid These Three Mistakes

By Barbara Rainey | February 10, 2020 | 22 Comments

  All my life I’ve looked for meaning, especially the deeper, unseen significance in events, ceremonies, holidays, even details of God’s creation. So when a new friend, Judy Dabler, made this comment at the start of small gathering, I wrote it down in my journal and drew stars around it: “Human beings are meaning makers!” […]

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The Best Granola Ever … in My Humble Opinion

By Barbara Rainey | October 18, 2018 | 12 Comments

While cooking is not my favorite activity…I eat to live, not live to eat…there are some foods that make me feel at home, comfortable and even healthy at the same time. Sounds like a winner, right? One of those is a new home-made granola recipe I found which uses ingredients I especially love; old-fashioned oats, […]

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When Your Home Doesn’t Look Like What You Want

By Barbara Rainey | October 11, 2018 | 8 Comments

Do you know there are children who have lived all their lives in gutters, in sewer pipes, or other unimaginable places? Children who sleep on cardboard, who sniff glue to numb their pain, who never cry, who fear anyone who tries to help because they have learned to trust no one? A doctor who has […]

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