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March 28, 2020

These days I think it’s especially helpful to establish minimum achievable goals.  It’s easy to think about all the stuff we should be doing but can’t do because of the coronavirus.  Instead, we might ask, “What is the minimum that I know I can do today?”  Setting an achievable goal is always helpful.  I’ve been starting the day by doing a simple workout in my garage.  I can’t go to the gym anymore, but just 30 minutes of movement really helps me to clear my head, and reduce stress.  Stepping up and down on the front porch steps for example, doing some push-ups and sits ups, trying some deep knee bends, walking around the block, or just moving around your home is more effective than we give it credit for.  I encourage you to think about the minimum you know you can achieve.  After my “home workout”, I made the bed today and got dressed just as if I was going to the office.   I read somewhere that when we dress like we’re at work, we actually concentrate better and work more efficiently...

December 21, 2019

It always feels good to be invited!  You may have been invited to a Christmas party at work or school or even to a neighbor’s home.   On the other hand, if we haven’t been invited to a special occasion like this, it can also be discouraging.  We can all think of times when we didn’tfeel included, invited, or welcomed.  If you happen to be the one throwing a party this year, there is also the pressure of figuring out whoyou are going to invite.  You may not get along personally with someone that you know you should invite.  On the other hand, you may not want to attend a party where that difficult person is certainto be present.  Of course, simply because we get an invitation does not mean we are able to attend.  The party may not be scheduled when we can make it. There are inevitable schedule conflicts, and during this season we can feel overly busy and tired of all the social occasions.  Going to a Christmas party may be the last thing we want to do....

November 23, 2019

Today, November 22, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhoodopens to screens nationwide, a tribute to the life and work of Fred Rogers, played by actor Tom Hanks.  We Presbyterians are very proud to be associated with this particular pastor.   The Presbyterian Historical society celebrates the impact of this uniquely gifted child of God:

Fred Rogers grew up in western Pennsylvania in the town of Latrobe, where he attended Latrobe Presbyterian Church. As a student at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he majored in music composition, he had his first encounter with television, and was appalled by the children’s programs he saw. He thought, “Children deserve better.”   In 1953, he was invited by WQED in Pittsburgh, the nation’s first community-supported public television station, to co-produce a daily program called The Children’s Corner. The experience convinced him he had a future in children’s television.” https://www.history.pcusa.org/blog/remember...

November 23, 2019

This weekend, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood opens to screens nationwide, a tribute to the life and work of Fred Rogers, played by actor Tom Hanks.  We Presbyterians are very proud to be associated with this particular pastor.   The Presbyterian Historical Society celebrates the impact of this uniquely gifted child of God:

Fred Rogers grew up in western Pennsylvania in the town of Latrobe, where he attended Latrobe Presbyterian Church. As a student at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he majored in music composition, he had his first encounter with television, and was appalled by the children’s programs he saw. He thought, “Children deserve better.”   In 1953, he was invited by WQED in Pittsburgh, the nation’s first community-supported public television station, to co-produce a daily program called The Children’s Corner. The experience convinced him he had a future in children’s television.  https://www.history.pcusa.org/blog/remember...

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