Another Way Archive

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 […]

What Happens at Church Potlucks besides Food?

May 14, 2015 Melodie Davis

Most of my Another Way followers know of my book Whatever Happened to Dinner (Herald Press, 2010), which looks at the ways eating together regularly strengthens families and children. A number of you actually helped me write the book with your wonderful examples, stories, memories, and ideas about what keeping family meal time as often as possible […]

Why I’m Amazed at What My Daughters Have Become

May 7, 2015 Melodie Davis

Last year I paid passing tribute to two of my daughters’ first Mother’s Day without going into detail. For those of us who are privileged to get to the place in life (and it is a great privilege that I hope I never take for granted—no one should) where we get to see our kids being […]

When What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

April 30, 2015 Michelle D. Sinclair

Editor’s Note: Michelle Sinclair is the daughter of columnist Melodie Davis; she is married and works in Washington, D.C. She and her husband have a toddler son. It was a long, bitterly cold winter where we live. Every night, we fell asleep to the sound of our furnace humming to life. Next, we’d hear the […]

Fair Trade: What Can One Woman Do?

April 23, 2015 Melodie Davis

What can one woman do to halt the sad practice of children as young as 9 or 10 working long hours in roasting or freezing factories in countries around the world where few rules and regulations prevent it? Adults, as well, work in inhumane conditions all around the globe, sometimes even in North America, where […]