Some people might find it difficult to name their favorite song of all time, but for me once I heard the song that would be my favorite it hasn’t stopped being my favorite since. This song is and will forever be “Fireflies” by Owl City.
Sound and music have the ability to spark memories as if we are reliving a moment or an experience in time. For me, this song is “Fireflies” by Owl City. Photo courtesy of Artie_Navarre on Pixabay
The death of Mahsa Amini in September 2022 sparked worldwide protests in support of Iranian women’s rights and protestors’ rights, as well as global condemnation of Iran’s actions against its citizens.
Protests, such as this one in Stockholm, Sweden, have been held worldwide recently in solidarity with Iranians who are protesting against their national government. Photo courtesy of Artin Bakhan
There are times when we find ourselves talking with people who have different political beliefs than us. In fact, these conversations might be taking place as we stand in line to vote on this Election Day. We may find ourselves tempted to abandon civil conversation, but it is necessary to be intentional about remaining calm and kind at all times, even when a conversation is difficult. The Bible instructs Christians to act in a manner commendable before God and to live at peace with everyone. As the Bible instructs: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
Words carry many different meanings, and some of those meanings depend on situations in which they are used. How often do we stop to check what words we are saying and applying to people? Photo by Emma Tihen
I did gymnastics for eight years before I quit the sport in high school, and the competitions that demanded perfection from athletes barely out of grade school were unique experiences that are hard to forget.
With colorful balloons in the background and medals around their necks, gymnasts salute the audience during an awards ceremony at the end of a day of competition. I am on the far left, competing for Gym Corner Gymnastics. Photo by Heidi Rinkenberger
Most people tell stories, stories of their past, their friends, their families. My grandpa had a story he told to every one of my siblings. It was a story, but it was also a lesson. He was always focused on lessons, always focused on helping us become the most compassionate we could and always encouraging us to do our best.
Kenneth Tihen Sr. and Joyce Tihen smile with four of their grandkids at a one of our many wonderful family gatherings. That’s me on the right with the black-and-red-striped sleeves. Photo by Lisa Marie Tihen — Graphic illustration by Isabel Rinkenberger