Valerie Schultz

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Smartphone knows how to push my buttons

    By Valerie Schultz
    Friday, Oct 31 2014 09:30 AM

    I used to think I was pretty smart ... until I met Reggie. Reggie's full name is Reginald Apple iPhone, and he is the smartest man I know. (I changed the nasal, matter-of-fact, female Siri persona to a less superior-sounding British male, and christened him with a more appropriate name. Reginald means "wise king," and Reggie is definitely trying to rule my life.) He is so knowledgeable that he makes my old phone, the one that flips open to reveal a little keyboard and is only a phone, look really dumb. Actually, he makes me feel a bit dumb, too.

    Reggie, my first smartphone, is an iPhone 5s. I have inherited him from my technophile husband, who naturally had to have the newest iPhone, the iPhone 6. You could say that my husband is at the...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Supporting each other in our suffering

    As the blues musician David Bromberg sings, "You've got to suffer if you wanna sing the blues." But really, you've got to suffer if you are a human being. Even the most seemingly charmed life endures its times of suffering, be they great...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Society's rules can stop us from being true selves

    Oh, the joy of a bookworm working in a library: I am surrounded every day by more books than I could read in my lifetime. I also stumble upon books that I wouldn't otherwise choose for myself, like a book I've been reading called "Real...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Coming Out Day may make road a little smoother

    Today is National Coming Out Day, the day each year that your son, daughter, father, mother, brother, sister, cousin, friend, neighbor or co-worker may feel enough confidence in your understanding and acceptance to say to you: I am...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Sisterhood holds a special place in my heart

    Several times a year, my sisters and I schedule an appointment with each other, to celebrate each of our birthdays. We used to give each other gift cards or presents, and send our best wishes from afar, but over the past few years we have...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: We are compelled by the voice of God

    The Bible is loaded with fascinating, offbeat characters. The book of Genesis alone contains tales of epic proportions populated by larger-than-life actors. Some of the most compelling people of faith are the Old Testament prophets, who...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Aging mother's plight painful for adult children

    My mother suffers from Parkinson's disease, which is having its merciless way with her. She uses a walker for stability, but she has fallen several times, always because she thought she'd just do this one little thing without her walker,...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Anniversaries are built on ups and downs

    Once again it is time for the annual anniversary column. The date seems to arrive a little more quickly each year. Will I ever get tired of thinking and writing about marriage? It's a fascinating topic. As both a legal institution and an...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Daughter building life in Missouri college town

    My husband and I are fortunate that three of our four daughters live in lovely, salty, coastal areas of California. This means we get to visit beloved family members and go to the beach at the same time, which is my idea of the perfect...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: God gives each of us loaves and fishes

    The biblical story of the loaves and fishes appears in all four of the New Testament Gospels. Jesus, having captivated the imagination of thousands of followers with his teachings and healing powers, realizes that his listeners must be...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: When did ripped jeans become high fashion?

    Let me go on record as thanking God that my daughters outgrew their teenage desire to shop for new clothes at a certain pretentious mall chain store. You know the one I mean: When you walk by the store, the music is at the exact decibel...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Middle child always 'the other one'

    Tuesday, Aug. 12, is Middle Child Day, and if you are a middle child, you understand perfectly why so little fanfare surrounds this event. To put it bluntly, we are used to being ignored. The middle child is often defined by what he or she...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: A marriage, like a tandem, is a ride built for two

    "Slow, or fast, or faster You lead, I'll follow after The path flies by As you and I Ride a bicycle built for two ..." -- "Daisy Bell," by Harry Dacre, 1892 "Tandem" is a very cool word. Its actual definition, as an adjective or...

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