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4. No one wants to hear your conversation. When you must speak on the phone in public, remove yourself and take your call in private. If you cannot find privacy, step at least ten feet away so you minimize the chance of disturbing others. No matter how private we try to make our call, our body language speaks volumes. Patrons enjoying a dinner out do not want to be disturbed watching someone throw their arms around while arguing on their phone.

​I am convinced we need to start thinking of our phones as a human persona. I do not care if you make it look like your spouse, mother, or college roommate. If we were to add eyes, a nose, hair, and a big smile to the front of our phones, we might begin making the connection that every time we converse with someone via text or email, we are allowing them to become a part of whatever we are doing.

  • Prostrate on the ground praying earnestly for those in his life.

  • Living on 3 hours sleep for months to build something special to improve the lives of thousands.

  • In all his busyness, never making me feel I come in second. Even when it means sacrificing himself.

“The hardest job kids have today is learning good manners…without seeing any.” Fred Astaire. 

 

Women have great influence in their family, and much of the work falls to us to provide each person with the tools they need to succeed. But how can we pass along knowledge that we do not possess? 

It is summer in Houston, and last night our bedroom A/C went kaput! My first reaction was to grumble, but then I reminded myself to “choose happiness!” I was thankful we had a guestroom to sleep in that had cool air and a fan. As we crawled into an unfamiliar bed, I was quickly reminded of the times I preached to others: “Every good hostess should sleep in her own guestroom for one full night. You will immediately see what is missing!”

It is summer in Houston, and last night our bedroom A/C went kaput! My first reaction was to grumble, but then I reminded myself to “choose happiness!” I was thankful we had a guestroom to sleep in that had cool air and a fan. As we crawled into an unfamiliar bed, I was quickly reminded of the times I preached to others: “Every good hostess should sleep in her own guestroom for one full night. You will immediately see what is missing!”

Today, where we see every form of fashion on our streets, the question of men and shorts still produces uncertainty among many. There is a reason for this that is embedded in our DNA, and to fully understand we need to explore a little history.

“What are the main table manners children should know?” A common question I am frequently asked. Yet I have a tough time narrowing my answer. I pick my top three, then a fourth pops into my mind. Then a fifth. We may not all attend black-tie events, but we do all eat. Your children will one day be placed in a situation where they need to skillfully know their way around a dining table.

As we approach Mother’s Day, I would like to take a special look at the precious women in our lives that hold the title of Mother-in-law. Do you remember the movie Monster-in-Law? It starred Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda in a romantic comedy centered around the tumultuous relationship between a bride and her future mother-in-law. If you have not seen it, you should. It will keep you laughing but, sadly, may hit closer to home than you would like to admit.

  • Alina Gersib

Sheet Pan Salmon and Asparagus



Are you looking for a simple dinner recipe that is ready in about 30 minutes and keeps clean up to a minimum? Then a sheet pan meal may just be your solution! By cooking everything on one pan, you have a healthy vegetable, protein, and carbohydrate for your meal all in one place.


Ensure you start your potatoes before everything else as they will take the longest to cook. Other than that, this recipe is flexible to what you have on hand. Substitute the asparagus for bell pepper or zucchini. If you don't have peewee potatoes, any others cut into small pieces will cook just as well. Make it work for you and your family's preferences and enjoy!


Sheet Pan Salmon and Asparagus
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Makes 4 servings

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes



Ingredients:

*1 pound peewee potatoes, halved

*1 tablespoon olive oil

*Sprinkle of salt and pepper

*1 pound of salmon

*3 cloves garlic, minced

*2 teaspoons rosemary, minced

*3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

*1 large lemon, set aside 4 slice and juice the remainder

*1 bunch of asparagus, woody ends cut off


Preparation:

*Preheat oven to 400F.

*Toss potatoes with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper on a large baking sheet. Spread in an even layer and bake for 17 minutes.

*While the potatoes are baking, combine the melted butter with lemon juice.

*Move the potatoes over to one side of the baking sheet and place on the salmon and asparagus.

*Take half of the garlic and rub it into the salmon. Sprinkle the other half over the asparagus.

*Pour the melted butter and lemon juice over salmon and asparagus and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

*Return the baking sheet to the oven and cook for 8 minutes.

*Remove and add lemon slices over salmon and mix the rosemary into potatoes.

*Continue cooking for 3 more minutes.

*Enjoy!



Recipe Creator - Alina Gersib