Sharon Mindy

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May 2019

Faith & Spirituality

A Clean Break with Titles

A couple of Sundays ago, I heard a sermon on Matthew 23. I don’t know why, but for some reason it always raises questions for me that no one else seems to have — or at any rate, that no one else seems willing to answer. In this passage, Jesus is taking the Pharisees to task for hypocrisy. In verses 8-12, he addresses His disciples: “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one  ...

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On the Lighter Side

Things People Say: Social Niceties Edition

1. “You’ve lost weight!” This is basically informing me that you thought I looked fat before. And it’s super awkward if I haven’t actually lost weight, or am not currently trying to lose weight. (This one is fair game among friends if we have discussed the topic of weight/fat/dieting etc. before. “You’ve lost weight” is mostly a problem when coming from random acquaintances who may or may not remember my name, but who for some reason have  ...

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On the Lighter Side

How not to be a Crotchety Old Person

While these suggestions can’t make you any younger, they can be a tremendously effective immunization against the dreaded and highly contagious old-and-crotchety persona. I’m tackling this one from an outsider’s perspective (the etic view, for my anthropologist friends). And yes, I am aware that I, too, will be “old” someday, so this list is for my own personal future reference as much as anything. 1.  Don’t complain about getting old. Discuss  ...

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Lifestyle

Letting the Catty Out

I forgot for awhile why I don’t usually attend Christian women’s events, so I went to one this week, and that helped to jog my memory. I found myself at one this past week, at the behest of a new friend who thinks I should get out and meet people more. (She’s probably right about that.) It was a women’s brunch. It so happened that the speaker for the event was seated at my table, so I chatted with her for awhile. In the course of conversation she mentioned that she  ...

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