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Widowhood is a Process, Not an Identity

Grief is like being “concussed, or slightly drunk”, C.S Lewis mused. It is, he added, an “invisible blanket between the world and me… her absence is like the sky, spread over everything”. Imagining marriage as one ship, C.S. Lewis wrote, “the starboard engine has gone. I, the port engine, must chug along somehow till we make harbour. Or rather, till the journey ends.” Vulnerable and mourning the loss of his wife, ...

By |2023-05-13T18:01:05+10:00May 11th, 2023|GRAND DADS, MANHOOD, MENS HEALTH|0 Comments
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Snake Stories for Young and Old

Recently I caught a Diamond Python on my daily prayer walk in the rainforest at Mt Kembla, near where I live in Wollongong, Australia. Someone asked me, “Why did you catch it?” That is a good question. If the truth is to be known, I cannot help myself. I love snakes. Think of it as an unusual addiction. It is part of our Marsh family heritage. It must be embedded in ...

By |2023-03-16T19:34:02+10:00March 17th, 2023|Dads, FAITH, FAMILIES, GRAND DADS, MANHOOD|3 Comments
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Ties That Bind – Long-Distance Grandparents

I’m a first-time Nonna -- however, my relationship with my new granddaughter is a long-distance one (my son and daughter-in-law live in California). But last week, they came home on vacation! I got to hold her tight against my chest and hear her breathe, I got to feel her soft skin, I got to smell her and listen to her voice. I got to look into her big blue eyes -- ...

By |2023-01-02T05:46:57+10:00January 2nd, 2023|Children, FAMILIES, GRAND DADS, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Christmas in “Die-Hard” Dad Mode

I’m usually a lot better prepared for Christmas. Not this year. This year, the week to trump all weeks caught us off-guard. We missed a beat or two in preparation for the only few weeks capable of slowing down the Western world. The weeks that remind the Scrooges and time-poor alike that life is more than hyper-consumerism and a dreary, soul-sucking 8-5 existence. A rushed Christmas is not really Christmas at ...

By |2022-12-16T07:17:51+10:00December 15th, 2022|Dads, FAITH, GRAND DADS, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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When History Repeats, Choose Freedom

We remember sitting with a young couple who were locked in combat. She was prone to reactive outbursts and he was mystified as to what he was doing to trigger it. As we probed her about her family of origin, the penny dropped: she was repeating a relationship pattern that she had established with her mother. With this new insight, the couple was able to identify her conflict preconditions which equipped ...

By |2022-11-09T19:17:25+10:00November 10th, 2022|FAMILIES, GRAND DADS, LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
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Keep It Simple – Making Happy Families

Research shows that there are some basic habits that combine to make a winning formula for families with successful, well-adjusted children who will flourish in life. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated,” are the wise words of Confucius. Albert Einstein said it this way: “Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler.” And one final word of wisdom from Steve Jobs is, “Simple ...

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How Senior Couples Make Marriage Better

In a culture that glorifies youth and sanctions the euthanising of the sick and elderly, it’s easy to lose sight of the gift of seniors. Here are three ways that senior couples make marriage better for all of us. Earlier this year, Pope Francis released a series of homilies on the elderly. Each one explores a theme based on a significant figure in the scriptures, including Naomi, Joachim and Anne, Simeon ...

By |2022-09-24T07:18:20+10:00September 24th, 2022|FAITH, GRAND DADS, LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
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Father’s Day Chocolate Plane Craft

This Father’s Day Chocolate Plane Craft is easy for kids to make as an edible gift for Dad! Am I the only one who sometimes struggles to find the right gift for Father’s Day? Whether it’s for my dad or my husband, they both like practical gifts, but sometimes I want to give them something a bit more special. I asked my dad while we were working if he wanted anything ...

By |2022-09-02T12:28:40+10:00September 2nd, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, GRAND DADS, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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UK Dad Goes Shopping in a Tank With His Kids

An inventive dad from the UK is using an FV106 Samson tank as the family car. Father-of-three Gary Freeland purchased the armoured recovery and reconnaissance vehicle for £20,000. Ever since, the light track FV106 has been the family’s favourite errand runabout. He told The Sun, “The tank is the best way to get the kids to go somewhere. They can't wait to help me with the shopping when they know I ...

By |2022-08-17T00:00:12+10:00August 17th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, GRAND DADS, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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What Will Your Children Say About You?

As fathers, we will leave a legacy for our children, whether good or ill. Start working on your legacy today, that your children may have a brighter tomorrow. I can remember, as if it were yesterday, the last day I spent with my Dad. We had an enjoyable day together meeting with business leaders in the Sydney CBD. Three days later, the police knocked on my door to notify me of ...

By |2022-08-05T22:21:53+10:00August 5th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, GRAND DADS|0 Comments
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