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Living Creatively: Find a ‘third place’

Barbara Basia Koenig

September 24, 2012

When we wish to connect with something more meaningful than what we currently experience, or yearn to find a place to connect with others in a more meaningful way, we can often find it at the “third place.” The “first place” in our life is the one we call home, where we regularly go to for sus...

Living Creatively: ‘Be At Peace’

Barbara Basia Koenig

August 18, 2012

When it is stormy we see the trees bend in the wind, and the surface of the water on the pond has restless waves. We are advised not to seek shelter in the storm under a tree, and we cannot see ourselves reflected in the water. We cannot quiet the storm, so we must weather it well. We prepare for those...

Living Creatively: ‘Begin it now’

Barbara Basia Koenig

July 10, 2012

We can live creatively in challenging times through pursuing our dreams, developing our talents and sharing our blessings. When we were small, our baby steps amazed us. With those first steps, we found we could go from where we were to where we wanted to be. When at first we fell down, we either got...

Living Creatively: Spring into creativity

Barbara Basia Koenig

April 7, 2012

Spring provides a wonderful time to learn to live more creatively. In the process of clearing stacks of old papers and magazines, I ran across this quote: “Use it up. Make it do. Wear it out.” It’s something our grandmothers believed in, and even makes sense in uncertain economic times today. To...

Family Matters: Responsible timing

Ray M. Wong

April 18, 2009

My 8-year-old, Kevin, has made friends with some boys in the neighborhood and has been playing with them after school. My wife, Quyen, and I are glad he has other kids to be with and we have allowed and encouraged him to play with his friends. We also want Kevin to learn responsibility, so we have asked...

Family Matters: Insurance can burn

Ray M. Wong

March 1, 2009

Please excuse me, but I’m going to vent. We received a letter from our insurance carrier (Assurant Insurance) that they will not renew our homeowner’s insurance this year because our house is too close to brush. This is galling because three years ago, another insurance agency refused to renew our...

Family Matters: The courage to play

Ray M. Wong

February 12, 2009

As a child, I was terrified to present in front of my class. When I needed to give an oral report, I would take an “F” instead. Now sitting in the audience with my wife in the multipurpose room of our son Kevin’s elementary school, my heart ran the four-minute-mile inside my chest. Kevin marched...

Family Matters: Giving thanks

Ray M. Wong

December 23, 2008

I asked my family what they’re thankful for this year, and these are their responses. Our daughter, Kristie, who is less than a month shy of her fifth birthday said, “My life, my heart, God/Buddha, grapes, family wishes, rainbows, for my parents, for my daddy reading books, for my parents loving...

Family Matters: The gift of reading

Ray M. Wong

November 1, 2008

At the beginning of 2008, I wrote about my goals for the year. One involved my desire to volunteer to help people learn to read. My reasoning for setting this goal related to the fact that reading is one of the most precious joys in my life. As a youth, I immersed myself in the science fiction novels...

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