Talking about feelings at this point in life can give me chills. I will confess to you, if you can keep it a secret, I have lived long enough to see that this revolutionary apparatus living inside me called feelings can be dangerously tricky. Let me tell you how it works. Recently, I had a major surgery done to my body. Some loving, concerned people warned me to keep away from activities or anythi ...[Read More]
I live in a pretty incredible place. Who am I kidding? Alaska is STUNNING. No day is identical, and every day has the potential to be an adventure. The wildlife is crazy impressive. (Round of applause for no snakes or roaches!) Our summer sun never sets, and we’ve got mountains and glaciers and islands and rivers and ocean and volcanoes. And did I mention our lovely June and July temps? Who doesn’ ...[Read More]
Are you aware that June 8th is National Best Friend Day? It’s a real thing, y’all, although I’ve never seen a Hallmark card to celebrate it. Have you? No matter. Never pass up an opportunity to throw a shindig! Grab your favorite Betty Crocker cake mix and icing and a tub of Cookies and Cream and have at it. I think we should take advantage of this obscure national holiday to chat about best frien ...[Read More]
Dear Dr. Seuss and my friends in Cyberspace, My cousin gave me your book Oh! The Places You’ll Go! when I graduated from Lafayette High School in 1994. (Yes. I’m old. But forty is fun, ladies.) I loved it. I read it to my classroom kids when I graduated college and became a teacher. I’ve read it countless times over the years to my children. In the past, I’ve even shared it with university s ...[Read More]
The last time you and I talked, it was all about building margin and practicing quiet. How’s that going for you? Did your choices over this spring break lend itself to making room for rest and relationships? I hope it did. So let’s switch gears this week and briefly chat about TREES. Yep. Trees. These guys are phenomenal storytellers. (Stay with me, ladies. I promise I’m not a tr ...[Read More]
We have become a culture of people who don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. We hide our frustration, our disappointments, our anger and don’t deal with them. We model it to our kids as we don’t want them to go through similar hurt, and what are we actually doing? We are training them to become self-built bombs that will certainly explode at some time, at the wrong moment, in the wrong way. Perhap ...[Read More]
Let me ask you a question: Are you among the 12.3% of women in the U.S. who were sexually abused at the age of 10 or younger? This is Mia’s story: “At the age of seven I became a victim of evil in a human’s heart. My mom hired a new housekeeper. She was so sweet, funny, and playful with my siblings and I. One day my mom left us at home alone with her as she went to run the usual ...[Read More]
Hard life experiences and two seasons of panic attacks have caused me to lead a life in a sense of being misunderstood and victimized. Very few people have stood up to hold me accountable to living this way and I am grateful for them. But I know now that God is teaching me to hold myself accountable to these feelings and this past year has been one of the mentally toughest thus far.