The Power of the Tongue

As a child, whenever some one teased me or called me names, I learned to recite the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Maybe you did, too. But—is that really true? Hurtful words can affect how we view ourselves long after they are spoken, leaving deep emotional …

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Prayer, Fasting, Homework, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and Dreams of Lemon Cake

Say what? Yes, this is how my mind works. I will explain. Well, I can try to explain… Last night I was relaxing after four days of company, reading a retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. The heroine was hiding in the cave with her cohorts, waiting to spy on the thieves, when …

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