Another Way Archive

Building Up the Temple—Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

September 4, 2015 Melodie Davis

My mother enjoys reading to persons in the healthcare area of her retirement home complex. It may be more accurate to say she thrives on it—volunteering, having something special to do, connecting with people. She’s a very social 91-year-old. When we don’t feel like singing (or doing whatever) because of illness, grief, or getting older, […]

Stupid Moves

August 28, 2015 Melodie Davis

Many of us will travel in the coming weeks, either for one last summer holiday, to take a university student back to school, or perhaps for an early fall getaway. As always, concern for making smart moves on the highways should be a priority for everyone. In a dumb move, I quickly decided to pass […]

College unBound

August 21, 2015 Melodie Davis

Editor’s Note: Jodi Nisly Hertzler writes occasionally for Another Way and is a college counselor and tutor. Jodi and her husband have three children. Last year, I took on the role of college counselor at the private school I work for. Somewhat daunted, I immediately immersed myself in as much information as possible, joining national and local organizations, […]

Simply the Season: Eat Fresh or Preserve for Later?

August 14, 2015 Melodie Davis

How did you first learn—if you did—to can or freeze fresh garden produce to eat all year? Did you grow your own foods as a child? For many of us who were fortunate to grow up on farms with gardens, truck patches, and even orchards, the answer is: Growing and preserving our own food is […]

What Can You Give?

August 7, 2015 Melodie Davis

My colleagues came back from a recent churchwide Mennonite convention, and one of them placed a collection of small white crocheted crosses in our break room. The crosses were in little plastic bags with decorative cards taped on that read “Handmade in Homestead, Florida.” Knowing that D. J. places her crocheted crosses in her church offering […]

Transparency and Intimacy

July 31, 2015 Melodie Davis

Editor’s Note: Melodie Davis is on a one-week vacation from writing her column. Here is a column from the summer of 2000, about her life as a sometimes-recognized local newspaper columnist. I got my hair cut recently, and even some people who know me well had to look twice to see that it was still […]

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 […]