Another Way Archive

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 […]

Lunch with Alice-Lee

April 16, 2015 Jodi Nisly Hertzler

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. There are four women at the table. Only two share a blood tie, but we’re all family. I’m in the seat tucked closest to the wall. Across from me is my […]

When Leaders Fail Us Morally

April 9, 2015 Melodie Davis

I was maybe six or seven when I broke the bathroom scales in the home of my parents’ friends when we visited them out of state for an overnight stay. I moved the adjustment mechanism too far and the scales stopped working. The story of the adult David’s sexual sin strikes us as so low, […]

When Will I Ever Use This Stuff?!

April 2, 2015 Melodie Davis

Has your child (or maybe you) ever taken a class where he or she asked, “Where or when will I ever be able to use this?” The problem solving skills that math teaches you are irreplaceable. You need the analytical ability that math develops to solve almost every business problem. Lauren is a longtime church […]

Flipping Your Faith

March 26, 2015 Melodie Davis

If you or your church is at a transitional point—like seeking a new pastor or formulating a new vision statement, or desiring to branch out in new ways and shake up the same-oldness— sometimes it is helpful to go back to basics and study the words and life of Jesus. Our longtime pastor (24 years) […]

How “Free” Can Our Speech Be?

March 19, 2015 Melodie Davis

I was only in the second grade. A friend had borrowed the pretty, red tennis shoes I kept at school in my cubby for physical education, if my memory serves me correctly. She wore them outside at recess without asking me and got them very muddy. I can still remember her looking up at me […]