Friends and Family

Lou Dean and her friend, Red; photo by Matthew Staver

He Proved to Be the Big Brother She Didn't Know She Needed

She had always been fiercely independent. Why was her friend suddenly insisting that she go to church with him?

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Rick Hamlin with his father's Bible; photo by Jim Anness

A Handwritten Prayer Gave Him a Deeper Understanding of His Late Father

He thought he knew his father well: his devotion to family, his solid faith. A slip of paper in a forgotten Bible revealed more.

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Kristy Dewberry with husband, Don; photo by Shevaun Williams

Spending Every Day Together During Quarantine Eased Her Mind

They had been married for 38 years. But only two weeks into lockdown, she wondered if they’d make it to 39.

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Beth and Ross pose with Sunny, a petite goldendoodle; Photo courtesy: Beth Kingsley Hawkins

This Petite Puppy Saved His Life

How a small goldendoodle became the source of his physical activity.

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Sheila and Kristen with their grandmother's photo; Photo courtesy: Sheila Poppen

Her Heaven-Sent Vision Guided Her to The Perfect Blessed Gift

After struggling to find a gift for her sister’s wedding, she was divinely led to one of her grandmother’s keepsakes…

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Kristy Dewberry

Marriage Lessons Learned During the Pandemic

Kristy Dewberry reveals how spending so much time at home with her husband because of Covid-19 changed her outlook regarding her marriage.

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Tonya Avent (left) with her friend, Ma’isha; photo by Jim Graham

These Faith-Filled Sorority Sisters Found Common Ground

They had opposite personalities and were of different religions. Could they find a way to work together?

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Neighbors Stephen Wilder and Nicole Figaro; photo by Kerry Ryan

Best Friends: The Deep Bond Between Next-Door Neighbors

A New Yorker shares how he and the woman in the next apartment learned to lean on each other.

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A woman serves as caregiver to her spouse

Spousal Caregiving: 5 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Strong

Strengthen the bond with your spouse by renegotiating your roles, finding new hobbies and more.

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Lou Dean and her dogs, Tuck and Dell

The Incredible Bond She Formed with an Unexpected Pet

At almost 70, she thought she was too old for a puppy. Someone had other ideas.

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An artist's rendering of a goshawk in flight; Illustration by Christina Wald

This Heaven-Sent Bird Eased Her Worries

The rare Goshawk helped her rediscover the joys of nature—and distracted her from her Covid-19 anxiety.  

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Chuck Avery training a dog

This Cancer Survivor is Giving Shelter Dogs a Second Chance at Life

Chuck Avery rehabilitates dogs with aggression and other behavioral issues.

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