Valerie Schultz

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Supporting each other in our suffering

    By Valerie Schultz
    Friday, Oct 24 2014 11:14 AM

    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 or trifling, spiritual or physical, brief or extended, temporary or final.

    Let's face it: We avoid suffering. Who wants to suffer? We'd rather not. We want life to be pretty and rosy. We shy away from pain or disappointment or disillusionment. We seek escape in alcohol or drugs, material gain or food. We chase the elusive concept of personal happiness, which we are certain is just over the next rise.

    We also avoid other people who are suffering. We keep them at a distance, as though they are...

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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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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Don't tell God to 'hang on'

    One of the things that irritated me when I was the mother of teenage children was the phrase they often used when I called to them from another room. They knew that I was likely calling a particular name in order to get someone to do...

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