NO WALLS


A “Lunch Buddy” isn’t confined to the cafeteria! There are no walls to love. “J” had not seen her Lunch Buddy “L” in a long time. Travels had taken her away for over a month and she missed her.  So, one day while out running errands, she stopped by her home for a surprise. Mom […]

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The Mentor’s Toolbox


Every Mentor has a toolbox of sorts. Books can be tools. Coloring pages and a box of 16 Crayons can be tools. A good lunch and a delicious cookie can be tools. Hugs, listening, laughter and smiles can all be tools. But sometimes the only tool capable of making a difference is prayer. L was […]

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CHOICES CHOICES CHOICES!


So many choices. It is hard to be a First Grader. On the outside it may look like all fun and games, but making balanced choices is a challenge at any age. Most of “T’s” fellow students that invested time with their Buddy, did so in the mornings over breakfast. They needed the nutritional benefits […]

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LOVE!


What is LOVE? Well, if you ask a primary school child, it just might mean “teacher” – “How she listens to me.” “When he takes time to read to me.” “Believing in me.” “Being my friend.” “Helping me learn.” Twenty percent of all Valentine cards purchased are for teachers. And children spend an average of […]

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Safe Dreams


  “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul will keep. If the electrical box blows up before we wake… “ Most parents wish sweet dreams and a great night’s sleep for their children, but this mom prayed every evening that the electric box would not catch fire. It was […]

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The Sparkle Box


She kept a “Sparkle Box” on the mantel. It was old. The corners were tattered. The glitter was all but gone and the decorations hung on with thin hairs of glue. But it was a very special box that found its home on the mantel every Christmas. In the Sparkle Box were handwritten notes of […]

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No In Order To


Why do we give? Some in this world give in order to receive. Others give in order to enjoy a tax write off. Some give in order to get a fundraiser chairman off their back. And a few give in order to feel better. We have found that those who raise their hands as “givers” […]

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LAST FIRST DAY


It’s that time again…the start of a new school year.  The talk is usually about school supplies and new clothes.  Fundraising drives and donation boxes are everywhere.  But this blog post is not about an elementary school student finding his or her way to the new classroom.  This “start of school” story is about a […]

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Clear Sight


There are a lot of dirt roads in Ozark Mountain Country. They curve and wind around like brown snakes in the grass. We get familiar with them and learn their routes and then….it rains! The roads change. Directions turn around. Danger arises. So, too, do we find familiar paths in life changing with the times. […]

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An Even Cut


She walked right up to the stylist and handed her a photograph she had torn from a magazine.  At lunch she overheard one of the other girls say that is what she had done…found a haircut on Pinterest and showed it to her hair stylist from her phone.  “M” didn’t have a phone.  She really […]

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