Valerie Schultz

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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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    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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