Author Archives: Kate Kresse

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)

Unchartered territory for me: new mindfulness

Gosh it is Saturday already! Yesterday was my birthday… it was wonderful. If you missed my birthday post and want to see it, the link is right here. http://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/my-day-is-now-yup-its-my-birthday/ Oh how the years have flown by. It is likely that I … Continue reading

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My day is now: yup it’s my birthday

Today I entered a brand new decade. I turned 60. Yep. Just like that, I left my 50s.  This past decade was a time of questioning the meaning of my life and the paths I walked. There were so many changes. … Continue reading

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stepping onto new path

“stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation that is not nurturing to the whole woman.” – maya angelou.

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The 4th of July: Lessons My Dad the Marine Taught Me

Originally posted on Believe Anyway:
The 4th of July was a big deal in my family. Before breakfast we would “put the flag up”-the whole family would go out to the front yard, we would put up the flag and…

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What are you dreaming of today?

I have been feeling reflective. Of course, as my regular tutoring schedule evolves into my summer tutoring schedule, I often do feel reflective. But this year I have been feeling even more reflective than usual. My birthday is in the … Continue reading

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The greatest gifts we ever received

Today is a special day for my husband and me. You see, today marks the anniversary of one of our VERY favorite days. 26 years ago, our beloved son was born. A remarkable woman, his birth mother, chose us to … Continue reading

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Even a poor tailor is entitled to some happiness!

If you have seen “Fiddler on the Roof” you may recognize the title of this blog post as a line from the movie. It was said by Tevye’s oldest daughter Tseitel’s  true love Motel (pronounced “mottle”)Kamzoil the tailor. Now why am … Continue reading

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My little girl/big girl books

I grew up in Minnesota. As a result, I certainly read the Little House series of books. My grandpa taught in a one-room schoolhouse when he was a young man in Iowa. So stories of Laura’s school gave me an … Continue reading

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Do you feel like you are drowning?

Do you hit a point now and then when you feel like you are swimming in a stormy sea, with no dock or safe spot in sight? I think everyone feels that way at some point; we get worn out and … Continue reading

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Are you wallowing today?

The thing is, at times we draw our meaning from our role(s) in life and from our associations. What do I mean by our associations? For example, from our immediate family we have ongoing connections. From our extended family we … Continue reading

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Do you have time to serve the Lord?

A Short Speech about Valuing Time This is a repeat of a column I wrote in August of 2012. But this week, I needed to remind myself of the truth in it. Perhaps someone else needs the same reminder. I found … Continue reading

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I love you Arizona

I have lived many places in my life. My family moved regularly throughout my life. I lived in beautiful Minnesota until partway through high school. But we relocated multiple times in Mn. It certainly wasn’t all in the same town … Continue reading

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Let it shine

Whether you feel drained or energized, you can give. What can you give? You can give your love, faith, belief in others, hope, steadfastness. Ella Baker said, “Give light and people will find the way.”. Jesus tells us not to … Continue reading

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Courage to honor your soul

What do we draw upon when we are torn in numerous directions. We have each been there before, and will be again. You see, if our consciences and character have been properly formed, and we know God’s commands, then we … Continue reading

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Urgent: help~ He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

You know how you sail along through life and God gifts you with beautiful friends? That happens in our daily lives and through the internet in our blogging world. One of my first blogging friends is Katharine Trauger. In her … Continue reading

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Feeling afraid or lost today?

Are you overwhelmed by circumstances or happenstances today? Is it hard to quiet your racing mind? Believe me, I have been there frequently. We can get so wrapped up in what has to be done that we cannot move. Remember … Continue reading

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To sleep, perchance to dream

This morning I awoke feeling refreshed and well rested. Saturday morning I was dragging because I could not sleep a wink on Friday night. I attribute my wakefulness to a big cup of iced coffee while I tutored early Friday … Continue reading

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Follow me

So many times Jesus said “follow me”…”come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”…(Matthew 4:19). “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also my servant will be. The Father will honor whoever serves … Continue reading

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God Never Takes His Eyes Off of You: Not For An Instant.

If you are feeling low, lost, overlooked, or even lonely, remember that in this vast world God is always with you. You may, or may not, sense His presence during the course of the day. But you see, He is always there. … Continue reading

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I was different; I still am

“I was motivated to be different in part because I was different.” –Donna Brazile I have always marched to my own drummer. You see, I notice trends and movements in the culture. I always have. As a kid, whenever I … Continue reading

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Believing during bends in the road

Does your life always stay on an even keel with nothing unexpected? Can you multitask and stay caught up with everything all at the same time? These, of course, are merely rhetorical questions. Twists and turns in our road become … Continue reading

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Why do we require students to take history/social studies?

Why do I have to take history and social studies? Posted on March 19, 2014by Kate Kresse Why do I have to take history/social studies? That is a mantra that many of my students repeat, over and over. Of course, I tell them … Continue reading

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Path to successful learning

As you know, I am a tutor. I am already hounding my students to review, review, review. But this method can help all of us improve learning. When should you start preparing for finals? Map to success Final exams are … Continue reading

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Have you had a stressful week?

Is your list of things to do longer than your day on a regular basis? I have to say that in my family, that has been the case for a number of weeks. But this week, that abated. Some of … Continue reading

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He lifted me up

“I was like a stone lying in the deep mire; and He that is mighty came, and in His mercy lifted me up, and verily raised me aloft and placed me on the top of the wall.”  St. Patrick At … Continue reading

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The power of math can be exponential

When I was in elementary school, my parents made sure that I learned. They knew that all of my subjects were important, certainly. But I have special memories of discussing literature and history over the dinner table. They made sure … Continue reading

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The contented soul is all alone with God

Have you ever had a sleepless night or a stressful week? I know, that’s a stupid question. I think this lovely poem by good old Robert Louis Stevenson provides an apt description of “getting away from the world” and “spending … Continue reading

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The precise moment when friendship is formed

I was thinking about friendship, and the many forms it takes. Then I stumbled upon this quote: “We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a … Continue reading

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The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes

William James wrote “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does“. I typically use a lot of words when I speak and when I write. I am much more Steinbeck than Hemingway. There are times when someone writes … Continue reading

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There are so many reasons that Peter is my favorite apostle

“And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10 Why did he write … Continue reading

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Cabbage and Sausage soup

I am on the run so much these days with a ton of students and tutoring all over town. As a result, my crockpot is the best way to avoid junky take-out (or having air-popped popcorn for dinner) OK, here … Continue reading

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