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The following article was written by Debbie Simler-Goff and was originally published on May 30, 2011 by the Elmhurst Patch.

Boy Scouts Clean Up Elm Lawn, Honor Veterans 

After an Elmhurst Patch story on cemetery neglect, 1st Ward Alderman Paula Pezza and Boy Scout Troop 82 help Elm Lawn owner Scott Troost clean up veteran grave sites before Memorial Day. <Read Full Article Here> 

​Spiritual Farsightedness
Debbie Simler-Goff

Spiritually speaking, some of us suffer from farsightedness in our life and work.
This article was first published in 2011 by Christianity Today.

A recent visit to the eye-doctor corrected my farsightedness and taught me some 
​and taught me some spiritual lessons along the way.

One of my eyes is farsighted, and the other is nearsighted. This makes reading with both eyes open somewhat challenging. If I close one eye, the words come into clearer focus. But if I'm driving and need to read a street sign, then closing the other eye helps bring things into focus.  <Read Full Article Here> 

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: 
I Would Have Complained Less and Prayed More
By Debbie Simler-Goff

This article was first published in 2007 by www.ninetyandnine.com

My four-year-old granddaughter Josey is known as the Informer. She informed her aunt when her cousin squirted a juice box all over the wall. She informed her mommy
​when her brother pulled her hair. And she informed the entire church, during prayer requests, that she was constipated! Yes, Josey likes to keep others informed. Sometimes she’s amusing. Occasionally she’s entertaining. But most of the time she’s just being a snitch. 

Sometimes we are like Josey. <Read Full Article Here> 

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: I Would Have Forgiven Sooner
September 17, 2007
By Debbie Simler-Goff 

This article was first published in 2007 by www.ninetyandnine.com
Most of what I write is from a Biblical perspective but I also write secular news stories for the Elmhurst Patch news site. In my role as a reporter, I get to meet a lot of very interesting people and have my world view broadened. Following are clips from a few of my more popular articles.  

Elmhurst Patch
This article was written by Debbie Simler-Goff and originally posted on May 19, 2011 on the Elmhurst Patch news site.

Elmhurst Pastors Respond to National Presbyterian Church Embracing Gay and Lesbian Clergy 

Pastor at Yorkfield Presbyterian said the move causes him "genuine tension," while Elmhurst Presbyterian Church pastor sees it as a "welcome change." <Read Full Article Here>

I swore he’d never hurt us again. He had done the unthinkable and I wanted nothing more to do with him.

I made up my own list of ‘Thou Shalt Not’s’ to keep him out of our lives: He wasn’t allowed to call us or leave a message. (Hearing his voice brought back too many painful memories.) He was forbidden to be in our home. He was not welcome at family functions—including weddings and funerals. In short, we were happier without him, and we wanted it to stay that way. I told myself it was best. He had violated us. We were wounded. End of story.

But God had a different idea. <Read Full Article Here>