Melodie Davis Archive

The Making of a Cynic: When Experiences Wound

September 18, 2014 Melodie Davis

A complete idealist, this child’s heart was as open and wide as the sky above. In her 11 years she had tried to harden, wise up, become cynical and tough.

Why They Want to Keep You in Vegas – Or Buying Lottery Tickets

September 11, 2014 Melodie Davis

“Compulsive gambling is one of the purest forms of psychological addiction known—gamblers are stimulated by gambling and actually get high on it.”;—Dr. Robert Custer;;

Passages: From Kindergarten to College

September 4, 2014 Melodie Davis

Sometimes the transitions to school are unpredictably hard: leaving a child at college who has slept under your roof for 18 years.

Praying the Neighborhood

August 28, 2014 Melodie Davis

Instead of praying for peace or good health, I decided to focus on praying for harmony in each of their families and lives. It has become a new way of praying the neighborhood.;;

Labor Day Meditation upon the Ant

August 21, 2014 Melodie Davis

It was being moved by a single ant pallbearer. She zigged and zagged as she pushed and pulled the shiny beetle over the rough sidewalk.

Best Driving Tips from a Long-Haul Truck Driver

August 14, 2014 Melodie Davis

;I had wasted much energy blaming and criticizing other motorists over the decades. It finally comes down to a conscious decision to cut the blame and anger out of one’s own responses to what we see happening on the road.;

Do Your Children Enjoy Sunday School?

August 7, 2014 Melodie Davis

Sunday school tells children their needs are important and gives them valuable connections with special adults. Kids sometimes develop lifelong memories and love for their early teachers.;;

When the Going Gets Wet… – Guest columnist Jodi Nisly Hertzler

July 31, 2014 Melodie Davis

I’m so jealous of Fun Moms. I want to be a Fun Mom, I really do. And sometimes I am, but it takes effort.;;

Will Today’s 30-50 Year Olds Live as Long as Their Grandparents?

July 24, 2014 Melodie Davis

So not only the stress and conflicted feelings—but the joys and immense satisfaction come full cycle in this marvelous circle we call family.

In or Out? Making Choices – By Guest Columnist Michelle Sinclair

July 17, 2014 Melodie Davis

Looking before we leap is a wise instinct, but it can also turn a time of joyous, much-anticipated change into a tail-chasing cycle of worry and second-guessing.