About Finding Harmony Blog and Another Way Newspaper Column
Why finding harmony? How can you find harmony or have more peaceful relationships?
Someone once wrote this wisdom to me: “I love your name [Melodie]. Does it challenge you in a special way to be the note in life that makes harmony out of the diverse tones that often don’t make sense–until the melodic line is played with them?”
I’d never thought about that but ever since, I’ve kept that quote about making harmony topmost on my bulletin board, and in my life. So that’s why I chose Finding Harmony for the theme of this blog. My purpose for Finding Harmony is offering insights (including from others) on how we can all find peace, harmony and all that grand stuff in our daily personal, community and wider world. Maybe. Whew. (The logos above show some of the blogger groups that sometimes use my posts.)
I am a “Jill-of-most-media” writer: book author, columnist, editor, producer, script writer, websites, Facebook, Twitter—almost everything except novels, electronic games or apps. I have one husband, three daughters, two sons-in-law, four grandsons, a dog and a cat. And just so I stay busy, I’m also the editor of Valley Living (quarterly tabloid) for Media for Living, a smaller organization, at www.mediaforliving.org.
My most recent book is Whatever Happened to Dinner: Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtime, (with 100 recipes). Even though my children are grown, my husband and I (with our dog and a cat usually nearby) sit down for a meal together almost every night. So this blog also shares recipes, food adventures, and encouragement to keep family mealtime which at our house were not always harmonious, but that’s ok.
About Another Way Newspaper Column
I have been writing the weekly Another Way syndicated newspaper column since 1987 through my primary occupation as a editor/writer for MennoMedia and Herald Press, and earlier, a writer/producer at Mennonite Media. The columns are posted here one week after they have gone out to newspaper users, listed here. As the name implies, I try to look at life and issues “another way,” whether it is in the realm of personal issues, family, work, church, community, nation, or world. As of Dec. 1, 2016, Another Way now resides here at Finding Harmony Blog under the Category “Another Way Columns.” Subscribing to this Finding Harmony blog now gets you a merry mix of both Another Way and Finding Harmony posts. Earlier Another Way subscribers will continue to get their Another Way email subscriptions through MailChimp.
So how are the blog and newspaper column different? The blog is far more personal, often interacting with readers, and using many more photos. The audience of Another Way is newspaper readers who enjoy looking at daily topics we all encounter “another way.” To contact me in response to Another Way columns OR if you know a newspaper which might want to use the column, the email for Another Way is now firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith background. I’m a Presbyterian who was raised Mennonite who married a Lutheran (talk about finding harmony) and have worked for the Mennonite church ever since graduating from a Mennonite college after serving in a Mennonite VS program. I still help to curate content for Third Way website, with a boatload of information on Mennonites, Amish, and more. Our Presbyterian church is a peacemaking congregation made up of house churches or mission groups, engaged in mission on the pattern of Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C. So I’m a merry mix still trying to follow Jesus’ way for my life.
That’s a little of where I’m coming from. Welcome.