Just for moms

Here are my favorite columns and cartoons for these amazing people called “Mom.” Have a great day!

Faith of Our Mothers A modern twist on an old tune

My daughter is one tough mother
She had to be with me as her dad. Happy Mother’s Day, Faith!

Top ten things my mom taught me
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!



For moms, dads, grands

Cartoons on parenthood

The papoose-driven life
Lessons learned from a four-month-old grandaughter

Son of a saint!
When godly parents have not-so-godly children

“Spray paint” parenting
The secret is thin coats of moral and ethical lessons

Talking to your kids about s-e-x
Children will learn about sex—from us or the bus!

Talking to children about war, terrorism, school violence . . .
It’s a frightening time to be a child—and a parent

You may be a parent if . . .
. . . you’ve ever uttered one or more of these classic lines

Happy Mother’s Day, Lois, Faith and Amy! Thanks for the wonderful kids and grandkiddos!


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Report on race wins award

This just in. My feature article Race relations by the numbers won second place for reporting from The Evangelical Press Association‘s 2107 Higher Goals Awards. The piece was originally published in Rescue magazine May 2016. It is an important article, if I may say myself!



Latest issues, legal stuff . . .

HopeAndHumor.org Humor features over 350 articles, book excerpts, cartoons and videos on everything from sects to sex. Here are the latest packages of topics. (Use the search box at the top right to explore the archives.}

Happy Star Wars Day (05.04.17)
Happy May Day (05.01.17)
Administrative professionals issue (04.26.17)
Money, money, money issue (04.17.17)
20th anniversary issue (04.01.17)
Easter issue (03.01.17)
The Oscars issue with “Evil Jim” (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.01.17)
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Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, pastoral resources, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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Top photo from healthyblackwoman.com

Second pic: “Papaw” with two of his five adorable grands, Father’s Day 2008

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Humor from far, far away

Cartoons from the dark side
Top ten rejected titles for Star Wars VII
Top ten signs Han Solo has turned 70
Top ten surprises in Star Wars: Episode VII
Note: Three years before VII was released, I predicted Han and Leila’s offspring would turn to the dark side! Sometimes I amaze myself.

May the Force be with you

The Force Awakens universal questions
How does George Lucas come up with character’s names? A drunken game of Scrabble? How do light sabers work? Where do space royalty go for their hair and makeup? Do we all have a light and dark side?

Star Wars III: modern morality play
Revenge of the Sith is a modern-day morality play where we witness a powerful struggle not only between good and evil, but the temptation to use evil for anticipated good; the end justifying the means.

This Force never sleeps
In Episode VII, “The Force Awakens.” Has it been taking a nap? Has it been frozen in carbonite? Did it pass out at the Mos Eisley Cantina? I’m glad the real Force never sleeps!



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Happy May Day (05.01.17)
Happy Administrative Pros Day (04.26.17)
Money, money, money issue (04.17.17)
20th anniversary issue (04.01.17)
Writing issue VII (03.23.17)
Easter issue (03.01.17)
The Oscars issue with “Evil Jim” (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.01.17)
More

Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, pastoral resources, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

All writing copyright © James N. Watkins and is protected by United States and international law. For permission to print or repost, please visit my press page.

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“Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:4b, 6b,18b NIV).

There are some sure symptoms that I’m getting older. I remember the original “Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Brady Bunch.” Gasoline at twenty-five cents a gallon. The thin Elvis. Civil Defense films on “How to Build a Bomb Shelter.”

And I remember May Day. No, not the military parades in Red Square. When I was a child May Day meant sneaking around the neighborhood leaving bouquets of dandelions on porches, ringing the doorbell and then running for cover—sort of trick-or-treating in reverse. The most important element was secrecy. No one was supposed to know who did the good deed! Apparently, this tradition has gone the way of poodle skirts and black and white TV.

The Pharisees’ tradition, however, seems alive and well. From pre-school to the nursing home good deeds are rewarded with gold stars, public recognition, corporate incentives and awards banquets. It probably won’t get done if there’s no “Certificate of Appreciation” offered.

And yet Christ repeatedly warns the Pharisees—and each of us—that deeds designed to be seen by others will not receive eternal rewards. “I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.”

Perhaps sneaking around to do good deeds is a tradition that needs reviving. Not only on May Day, but throughout the year.

Copyright © James N. Watkins Originally appeared in Light from the Word.

Pic: Our adorable oldest granddaughter who is now 12.

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