A Tribute to My Dad, to My Husband, and to Fathers Everywhere

Jerry Schiffer, the love of my life

Evangelist Billy Graham once said of fathers, "A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." As we celebrate Father's Day 2013, I want to thank the fathers in my life:  my own dad, and my dear husband, whose constant love for our three children has been an inspiration.   Thanks to my father, Bud Davis, for working so hard to support our family of eight, and for inspiring us by your … [Read more...]

It’s the Thought That Counts!

During the Christmas season, it’s so easy to be drawn into the shopping frenzy.  It’s easy to become consumed with the search for “just the right gift” or to spend more than you can afford, in order to prove… what?Last year in “Seasons Greedy”, I reflected on the rampant consumerism which drives us to spend and shop, rather than simply baking cookies and playing board games with the people we love.This year, my issue is Time—finding time to spend with family and friends, time to pray, tim … [Read more...]

For the Privilege of Living as Free Men….


One of the most popular television shows in the 1950s was “Father Knows Best.”  With father Jim Anderson (played by Robert Young) as the wise and loving father, mother Margaret (Jane Wyatt) as the voice of reason, and children Betty, Bud and Kathy (Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray and Lauren Chapin), the show epitomized traditional family life.In a special Thanksgiving episode on November 21, 1954, Jim led his beloved television family in a prayer: “Oh Lord, we give thee thanks from the depths of … [Read more...]