Millennials Create Their Own Expressions of Religion

At Passover seders and in Christian churches this week, families will gather to observe the religious holidays. While some adult children will join in, many will do so out of a sense of obligation rather than practice. More than one-third of all millennials say they are “religiously unaffiliated” today, the highest percentage ever in Pew Research Center polling. It’s not just a rite of passage. Both Gen X and boomers were significantly more religiously affiliated as young adults. So why …

How to Keep Peace at Family Gatherings

We’re all familiar with the scene, especially after the Passover and Easter holidays. The extended family sits down to dinner and a grandchild starts whining that he’s not hungry or eats the mashed potatoes with her hands or takes a dive under the table. As grandparents, we’re tempted to take charge and correct the behavior, but the wisest among us won’t say a word. Still, we don’t have to feel relegated to watching the gathering descend into chaos, says Melinda Blau, …

Easter Decoration Ideas: Turn Eggshells Into Candles

Here’s a nifty decorating and gift idea just in time for Easter.  It’s a daily double – or can even be a trifecta – of creative repurposing, since you can reuse not one, but two or even three items you normally throw away! Here’s how to make these adorable Easter eggshell candles: 1. Use a paring knife to carefully cut just the top off a raw egg, like shown.  (Of course you’ll want to use the egg yolk and white …

Easter Springs a Renewal of Hope

A shiny new pair of shoes, a hot cross bun, hiding colorful eggs, the big furry white bunny, the resurrection, a basket full of candy….What does Easter mean to you? Obviously, as we pass through different phases of life it means different things. As I am now 51 years old, which means I have completed several life phases, it is none of the above. It is more than something that is tangible. It is hope. Hope is a powerful thing. …