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Coping with Teen Disorders: Escapism

Escapism comes in so many shapes and sizes and can range from fairly innocuous, occasional behaviors to obsessive behavior patterns or even addictions that interfere with everyday life. Chances are, we all engage in some form of escapism. When we know the types of escapism that can tend toward becoming addictive and the heart issues that prompt them, we can help our kids to recognize the potential … Continue

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Tropical Decking Comparisons: Jatoba vs. Ipe, Part 2

As Ipe becomes less readily available, evaluating prospective alternatives is becoming more and more important. While Cumaru and other species  are worth consideration, Jatoba, or Brazilian Cherry, is growing in popularity, and for good reason: It is truly an outstanding stand-in for Ipe decking. In Part 1, we compared Jatoba with Ipe by examining two of the most significant characteristics of … Continue

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The Truth About Self-Esteem

It seems like anyone who exhibits symptoms of frustration, despair, or self-consciousness is labeled as having low self-esteem. They may be told to love themselves, or we may try to convince them of their worth. Especially during adolescence, when egocentrism naturally guides their behavior, teens need to be presented with their Creator’s view. As with any issues of life, God’s Word has … Continue

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Freshman Year: Full of New Experiences

For the first time, you will be away from your parents’ rules. You will have your own place to call home. For the first time, you will be away from your high school friends and any drama or pressure they may cause to your life. For the first time, you will leave your comfort zone and experience a new world; a world with new beginnings and new experiences. For the first time, you will be … Continue

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Tropical Decking Comparisons: Jatoba vs. Ipe, Part 2

As Ipe becomes less readily available, evaluating prospective alternatives is becoming more and more important. While Cumaru and other species  are worth consideration, Jatoba, or Brazilian Cherry, is growing in popularity, and for good reason: It is truly an outstanding stand-in for Ipe decking. In Part 1, we compared Jatoba with Ipe by examining two […]

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Tropical Decking Comparisons: Jatoba vs. Ipe, Part 1

With the current shortage of Ipe, Jatoba is one of the species rising to the forefront as an alternative decking species. We’ll look at this excellent alternative, comparing it side-by-side with Ipe so you can determine which species best suits your taste and project needs. As we examine these two species, we’ll consider the four […]

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Coping with Teen Disorders: Escapism

Escapism comes in so many shapes and sizes and can range from fairly innocuous, occasional behaviors to obsessive behavior patterns or even addictions that interfere with everyday life. Chances are, we all engage in some form of escapism. When we know the types of escapism that can tend toward becoming addictive and the heart issues […]

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Communicating with Your Teen: Those 4 Longed-For Words

Do you know what those four words are? They’re the ones every person longs to hear from a parent: “I’m proud of you.” Yet so many parents withhold them from their children’s aching ears. I’ve heard adults who have children and grandchildren of their own, along with impressive lists of other accomplishments, bemoan the fact […]

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Top Choices for Top-Notch Decks and Docks

When it comes to long-lasting, attractive lumber species that can be used to create a low-maintenance deck or dock, there are plenty of lumber species from which to choose. Whether your outdoor flooring will be put to use in a commercial or residential setting, the most luxurious options come from tropical hardwoods. While other options […]

Rehmeyer Stock Floors: Milano Walnut

Creating a Happly-Ever-After Hardwood Floor

Like Prince Charming at the ball with myriad sparkling young ladies vying for his attention, you have many, many options when it comes to flooring. At Rehmeyer Wood Floors, we know that. But we also know that some floors are predictable and far too much like all the others to suit your distinguished taste. You […]

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Marine-Grade Plywood that Makes the Grade

If you’ve worked with plywood at all, you know that there are many sub-par options out there. Particularly when it comes to those customers whose projects truly require marine-grade plywood (some who think they need marine-grade plywood actually don’t), we provide only the highest quality Bruynzeel marine plywood. With its modular approach, Bruynzeel offers the […]