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It’s Hard to Find the Common Ground When It’s Littered with Graffiti

The hardest conversations we ever have are those where there’s little common ground. It’s hard to find the common ground when it’s littered with graffiti, It’s Hard to Find the Common Ground When It’s Littered with Graffiti Brad W. Smith

 

whether that graffiti is physical or verbal. When you can find common ground, you can move from being on opposite sides of an issue to sitting side by side working towards resolution.

One of those conversations with little common ground is the issue of Confederate monuments on public display.

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The Gift Every Father Can Give His Children

Thinking about that awful tie or useless-to-you tool set that you’ll be getting in a few days? Why not think about what gift you can give your children instead?

grandfather and 2 brothers seated on chairs, wood porch, The Gift Every Father Can Give, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeisHOTBlog

The greatest gift a father can ever know is that he has helped to raise his children to become worthy adults. All it takes is to give them regular attention through careful and undistracted listening.

Give them the gift of paying attention! And wait, there’s more, with paying attention you also give them the gift of self-esteem, confidence and self-respect, in a boxed set shaped like a loving adult.

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Mother’s Day Isn’t for Every Woman

There’s an assumption that females of a certain age must be mothers. That’s an assumption that makes Mother’s Day painful for women who are childless by

toddler slide at playground, Mother's Day Isn't for Every Woman. Life is HOT blog, Brad W. Smith, photographer

Empty arms ache for a child who will not ever be there.

chance, not by choice. Mother’s Day is a very different experience for women who would have liked to include Mother in their life history, but for reasons ranging from medical to relational, have never had children by birth, adoption, foster or marriage, and never will.

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