An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 7: Russ Taff

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[display_podcast]Grammy award winning singer and songwriter Russ Taff calls into the show this week to discuss honesty in prayer, marriage, recovery and so much more!Russ loves the honesty found in Robert Duvall’s character in the 1998 movie, “The Apostle” (which featured his Grammy winning song, “Ain’t No Grave”) when he would say something like:“I screwed up again. Help me, Lord. That’s why you died – ‘cause I can’t do it without You.”Russ and I go back decades ago when we toure … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 31: Helping Your Child Cope, Part 1: You Must Take Care of You

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[display_podcast]If you have ever flown, you know the emergency instruction to parents traveling with children is to first put the oxygen mask on yourself so you can then put it on your child.  You won’t be much good to them if you pass out from lack of oxygen.  You must take care of you so you can then take care of them.  So it is with coping with divorce.  You must take care of yourself so that you can be there for them.Your own recovery is vital to your children.  If you can be calm an … [Read more...]

Blending Your Family 29: Supporting Your Child

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[display_podcast]For children, divorce can be very stressful, sad, and confusing.  At any age, kids may feel uncertain or angry at the prospect of mom and dad splitting up. As a parent, you can make the process and its effects less painful for your children. Helping your kids cope with divorce means providing stability in your home and attending to your children's needs with a reassuring, positive attitude.As a parent, it’s normal to feel uncertain about how to give your children the ri … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 28: Winning the Battle

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[display_podcast]Lord of the Rings is an exciting tale of an evil Dark Lord, Sauron, who created the “One Ring” by which to rule all the other “Rings of Power.”  The One Ring was the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth.  Whoever had possession of the ring, could rule.  The Hobbit Frodo ended up with the ring but the battle for it enraged.  At one point Frodo could go no further, the battle between good and evil had drained him. He and his Hobbit friend Sam … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 50: Four in the Morning Memories

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[display_podcast] “…It’s four in the morning, I’m lying in bedA tape of my failures playing inside my headIt’s heartaches and hard knocks and things I don’t knowI listen and I wonder where will it go”-       Garth Brooks, “When There’s No One Around” Like the song says, even when we’re in the midst of an “everything’s okay” season of our lives, there are still moments when we’re struck with the memories heartaches, hard knocks and mistakes we’ve made.  People we may have hurt.  … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 27: If I Had Only One Key

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[display_podcast]Luann was thinking of leaving…she’d had it.  Her husband Frank was a control freak.  He was always on her kids about something. When she tried to step in, he would yell at her, in front of her kids.  She never knew what would set him off.  Sometimes he was great but then he would change, like a light switch turned off, and he would be mad about something yet again.  Her daughter didn’t act right or her son has a bad attitude or one of them didn’t do their chore perfectly or w … [Read more...]


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