Another Way Archive

When Play Is Imitating Mom and Dad

July 24, 2015 Melodie Davis

My grandsons are at the wonderful age where they are beginning to mimic what they see being done in the home and family. My youngest daughter was babysitting for her nephew when she first noticed that James was carefully “cooking” on some shelves that were in the dining room. His parents had wisely removed the […]

Relating to Single Parents: Part 2

July 17, 2015 Melodie Davis

In the space of several months, I heard several women talk about how difficult it is to be a single parent—especially in church. Without meaning to, good people say things that cut. There are worse things than being a single mom, and that is being a non-caring, nonfunctional, uninvolved mother. One of the persons who […]

Raising Kids Alone: Part 1

July 10, 2015 Melodie Davis

Editor’s Note: Nancy Ketcham is a sister to columnist Melodie Davis, and a semiretired registered nurse. First in a two-part series on single parenting. You asked me if I would consider doing a guest column about raising kids without a partner. “Whoooaa!” I said to myself at first, “no way.” But as I thought more about […]

Suffering and Dying for What?

July 3, 2015 Melodie Davis

If I had lived during the first century after the death of Christ when the early church was forming, would I have thought those Christians were just a little too far out on a limb—willing to die for their beliefs? The statements of forgiveness expressed so early by the families of the victims of that […]

Forty Years in the Same Office

June 26, 2015 Melodie Davis

I have worked in the same building for 40 years. To some, that sounds like a jail sentence. Boring. To others, that might sound like glorious security and stability. I’ve entered the same doors and gone up the same steps for 40 years. That’s as long as Moses and the children of Israel wandered in the […]

Feeling Crunchy

June 19, 2015 Melodie Davis

Editor’s Note: Jodi Nisly Hertzler writes occasionally for Another Way and is a college counselor, tutor, and freelance proofreader. Jodi and her husband have three children. Nine o’clock on a summer morning. The task at hand is simple but necessary. We’re out of granola, and that just won’t do. I can still picture the recipe card taped to […]

“Your old men shall dream dreams”

June 12, 2015 Melodie Davis

How many shoes do you own? I’ll wager you own a few less shoes than the legendary Imelda Marcos (rumored 3,000 pair in her collection), but more than the impoverished Cinderella. I am certainly no shoe collector; my shoe wardrobe is sparse compared to many women. But I have way more than two pair of […]

Be Careful How You Pray

June 5, 2015 Melodie Davis

Do you believe in praying for good weather? What about for rain? While great weather is nice to have, especially in summer, and I’m grateful when it occurs on opportune days, I’m not sure it is right to pray for good weather. What if my nice sunshiny day for a picnic prevents a farmer from […]

Does Your Child Have a Summer Job Lined Up?

May 29, 2015 Melodie Davis

An interesting email came my way today, encouraging youthful summer job seekers to “look outside the box.” The story pitch noted that the most traditional jobs for teenagers are retail, recreation, and food service. Done, done, and done—between me and my children, at least, we covered those bases. How nice for kids to use summers […]

When Things Don’t Go Right

May 21, 2015 Melodie Davis

My head was pounding. My eyes hurt. My stomach didn’t feel so hot either. I marvel at the creativity of human beings and how—even in our off hours—we tackle difficult challenges. There were still gobbledygook lines showing very prominently on the site of “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit,” which looked very much […]