Valerie Schultz

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Moments percolate through our lives

    By Valerie Schultz
    Thursday, Dec 11 2014 07:16 PM

    There used to be a series of commercials with a jingle that went, "Celebrate the moments of our lives." The product advertised was flavored coffee -- General Foods International Coffee -- in the days before Starbucks. The ads were silly, contrived things, but the tagline stayed with me. Our lives are, after all, an intangible aggregation of moments, one after another, some of which remain crystallized in our memories and some of which erase themselves even as they happen.

    Life as we know it can change in a moment: in a horrible moment, or a wonderful moment, and we tend to relive those highs and lows when we reflect on our lives. We remember the milestone moments, but all of us have a precious catalogue of small, seemingly unimportant...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Uncle Bill was the model of low-key holiness

    My Uncle Bill may not have been a guy you would notice in a crowd. He was your classic dad/grandpa/everyman. In a family of seven children, he was number three, and my mom was number four. He had three sons, who are some of my favorite...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Believers cherish sparse biblical tales chronicling Jesus' boyhood

    One of this year's critically acclaimed movies, called "Boyhood," directed by Richard Linklater, traces the life of a young boy and his family from the time he is a 5-year-old kid to the time he starts his freshman year of college as a...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Thanksgiving is the story of my life in five acts

    When we are children, we believe that our families will always be the same. Time moves slowly, and we don't understand that a future awaits in which family members will be born, or die, or marry into other families, or stray, or become...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Saying 'yes' to Saying 'No' in November

    My husband is quite the trendsetter. He has started a movement on Facebook that he calls "Say 'No' in November." November is his favorite month, as he was born on Thanksgiving Day, and he tends to make life-changing decisions around the...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Ebola a concern, but it shouldn't lead to panic

    Amidst the current popular panic, not all Americans are taking the threat of exposure to the Ebola virus seriously. You may have heard the tongue-in-cheek statistic: More people have been married to a certain Kardashian than have died of...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Smartphone knows how to push my buttons

    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,...

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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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